Theater

Nick Groch '01

August 25, 2011

Architectural Designer and Actor Nick Groch ’01 Stars in The Spade of Reason

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Throughout his participation in Lafayette’s civil engineering program, Nick Groch ’01 found an “oasis” of creativity—exercising his gifts for writing and acting as he juggled technical coursework. A decade later, Groch’s life continues to sway between art and science. Groch, an architectural designer with Blackney Hayes Architects, Philadelphia, stars in the lead role in his [...]

Williams Center for the Arts

May 13, 2011

Williams Center Is a Vital Part of Lafayette’s Vibrant Arts Scene

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Since 1983, the Williams Center for the Arts has hosted the world’s finest performers in classical and world music, jazz, dance, theater, and more. It is home to the Williams Center Gallery, the art and music departments, the College Theater program, and the student-led Arts Society. In addition to professional performances, the College’s six student [...]

College Theater presented the play Ubu Roi at the new Williams Arts Plaza last season.

April 17, 2011

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents Ubu Roi

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Lafayette College Theater presented the farcical Ubu Roi (King Ubu) last weekend in the open-air arts plaza next to the Williams Visual Arts Building. Ubu Roi, by Alfred Jarry, premiered in France in 1896 and marked the beginning of avant-garde theater and an aesthetic that influenced art movements such as Dada, the surrealists, and the [...]

CabaretVoltaire062

April 15, 2011

Absurd Theater: Interdisciplinary, Team-Taught Course Shows Students the Social and Political Power of Art

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The interdisciplinary class that students are taking this semester with Ed Kerns, Clapp Professor of Art, and Suzanne Westfall, professor of English, is completely absurd. At least, the subject matter is absurd. Kerns and Westfall are team teaching a course called Dada: Visual and Performing Art. Dada was the absurdist, anti-war, anti-art movement in the [...]

Lafayette College

April 11, 2011

College Theater Presents the Farcical King Ubu at Downtown Arts Plaza April 13-16

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Lafayette College Theater’s production of Ubu Roi (King Ubu) will be presented outdoors at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 through Saturday, April 16 in the arts plaza next to the Williams Visual Arts Building. Rain date is Sunday, April 17. Tickets for the performance are $6 for the public and are available by calling the [...]

The cast from last year's Marquis Players production of Once on this Island.

March 22, 2011

Marquis Players Present Annual Musical Fundraiser Aida March 31-April 2

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The Marquis Players will present this year’s musical fundraiser, Aida, at 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1and 3 p.m. April 2 in the Williams Center for the Arts. The student-run theater organization donates all proceeds from its annual production to charity. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance [...]

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March 9, 2011

A Life in the Theater: Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Visits Campus

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Last night, Colton Chapel was filled to capacity. Legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim sat onstage casual and relaxed. Although 80 years old with a full head of white hair, he exuded a boyish charm that gave the feeling he was a favorite uncle entertaining everyone with tales of his adventures. Across from him [...]

Stephen Sondheim (left) with Frank Rich, courtey of Megan Fitzgerald

March 6, 2011

Lafayette Presents an Evening with Stephen Sondheim March 8

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As part of the College’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture Series, Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will engage in an onstage conversation with New York Times columnist Frank Rich. “An Evening with Stephen Sondheim: A Life in the Theater” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Colton Chapel. [...]

Lafayette College

February 24, 2011

Hear Me Roar: Staged Reading Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Co-Education at Lafayette March 3–5

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In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 40th anniversary of co-education at Lafayette, College Theater will present a multimedia staged reading of Hear Me Roar: First Among Men at 8 p.m. March 3-5 in the Williams Center for the Arts. Directed by Kelly Hess ’08, an equity stage manager in New York City, the [...]

Brandi Porter '13 performs during the Lafayette Fringe Festival.

February 11, 2011

Big-Time Aspirations: Brandi Porter ’13 Plans to Take Her Talents All the Way to Broadway

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Someday, you might see Brandi Porter ’13 (Olney, Md.) on a Broadway stage. She knows that getting to The Great White Way will take a lot of hard work, and she’s prepared to do whatever it takes. Last summer, as part of an independent study in musical theater, Porter attended the summer Broadway Theater Project [...]