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$14-Million Hall Annex Renovations to Begin in June

$14-Million Hall Annex Renovations to Begin in June

April 28, 2017

Student actors, singers and danc­ers will have a brand new space to per­form in next calendar year, after the City Planning Commission approved a long-awaited renovation and expansion of Hall Annex April 19. The $14-million project includes both a complete renovation of Hall Annex and the addition of a medium-sized “Adapt­able Theater” in the space between the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center and Hall Auditorium. To Managing Director for Theater, Dance and Opera Eric Steggall, the new theater...

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

April 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Black women and femmes in the U.S. The piece is comprised of poetic monologues brought to life and woven together through dance and music. The different modes of performance in the piece make it difficult...

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

February 12, 2016

One might expect the play Family Happiness, based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, to iclude period costumes, cherry orchards and classic dacha drama, but the empty Hall Auditorium stage immediately suggested this would not be the case. A minimal layout of platforms and columns graced the floor, while two floor-to-ceiling curtains hung in the background. In the program, each role was described the same way — “Masha’s younger sister ... also Masha,” or “Masha’s governess ... also Masha....

ODC to Highlight Feminist Themes in Only Way

ODC to Highlight Feminist Themes in Only Way

May 1, 2015

This Friday and Saturday evening, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Holly Handman-Lopez, Lisa Yanofsky, OC ’13, and Visiting Instructor in Dance Bobby Wesner will present Oberlin Dance Company in The Only Way, inspired by the suffragettes of the 1920s. The production will showcase live music by members of the Oberlin Percussion Group along with a soundscape by sound designer and Visiting TIMARA Professor Joo Won Park, and will also incorporate text and song. Handman-Lopez, a beloved member o...

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

March 13, 2015

Conservatory senior Rosie Kearin as Sandrina and an unidentified rabbit gesture toward a captivated audience. The Oberlin Opera Theater delivered a rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera La finta giardiniera Wednesday night. Showgoers received the performance positively, guffawing at its characteristic off-kilter humor. Conservatory junior Juliana Zara, who played Arminda, said the cast grew close during the opera’s production cycle. The Oberlin Opera Theater will perform La finta giardi...

Follow Me to Nellie’s Takes Dramatic Look at Civil Rights Movement

Follow Me to Nellie’s Takes Dramatic Look at Civil Rights Movement

February 14, 2014

As one would predict of a play set in the South during the mid 1950s, racial conflict is at the forefront in Dominique Morisseau’s Follow Me to Nellie’s. Performed at Hall Auditorium on Feb. 6, 7 and 8, the play follows Northerner Ossie Brown, played by College senior Gynarva Monroe, who moves to Natchez, MS on a quest to register blacks to vote, becoming a wanted figure in the town. Nellie, a middle-aged woman played by Cleveland-based actress Debra Rose, begrudgingly agrees to let Brown take r...

Man of La Mancha Delivers Campy Musical Romp

Alice McAdams, Managing Editor

December 14, 2012

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha, which opened in Hall Auditorium last weekend under the direction of Associate Professor of Theater Chris Flaharty, is a thrilling, swashbuckling musical version of Miguel de Cervantes’s classic satirical novel El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. The show is often cheesy, yet it hints at darker themes, switching seamlessly between scenes of crude muleteers pounding their fists for more wine and of prisoners awaiting a deadly fate in an eerie dungeon. The musical is set at the time of the novel's publication between 1605 and 1615: In the opening scene, Cervantes (Associate Professor of Theater Matthew Wright) and his manservant (College senior Phil Wong) are thrown ...

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