Barnard College's 125th anniversary will be celebrated in the Department of Theatre with three astonishing works for the stage. The season opens on Family Weekend with an adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part II. Written over a nearly fifty-year period, Goethe's two-part drama experimentally challenges the intellectual and theatrical imagination. Faust II places Faust at the center of a brilliant inquiry into the philosophical, social, and political questions of Goethe's era, questions that are evocatively very much with us today. Faust II, directed by Adjunct Lecturer Sharon Fogarty and dramaturged by Assistant Professor Hana Worthen, will be staged in a co-production with the enduring experimental theatre company Mabou Mines.
Sharon Fogarty (director), Hana Worthen (dramaturg), and Jim Clayburgh (scenic and lighting designer) meeting in Berlin in September 2013 to discuss their plans for Faust II.
The season will then turn to Adjunct Lecturer Pirronne Yousefzadeh's production of a modern classic, Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, with scenic design by Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Sandra Goldmark. Famous as the inaugurating success of Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, The Seagull undertakes a pinpoint anatomy of the brutality of artistic ambition, and a remarkably sensitive and self-reflexive examination of the "realistic" milieu of which Chekhov was an acknowledged master. In the spring, Adjunct Lecturer Kyle deCamp will undertake an ensemble-theatre exploration of the definitive ironic portrait of the French bourgeoisie, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Rather than merely adapting the novel into dramatic narrative, deCamp's production will undertake a performative reconsideration of Bovary's central themes and preoccupations, as well as the gesture it extends to the banalities of contemporary life. The season will conclude with our two-week Senior Thesis Festival: productions directed in partial fulfillment of the senior thesis in directing, followed by solo performances and staged readings of new plays in partial fulfillment of the senior thesis in those fields. Barnard's 125th anniversary will be celebrated by a season of plays directed by accomplished and inventive professional directors, all women, using a series of fictive women—Goethe's Helen of Troy to Chekhov's Nina to Madame Bovary—to explore the purposes and potentialities of theatre today.
© May 2014
Barnard Department of Theatre
Columbia Major in Drama and Theatre Arts
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