Suffolk University Announces the Modern Theatre¬'s Fall 2012 Season

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Suffolk University Announces the Modern Theatre’s Fall 2012 Season

The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University announces the programming lineup for its fall 2012 season, featuring pioneering new performances, classic cinema, stimulating conversation, and penetrating analysis of the 2012 election season. 

THE DIVA MONOLOGUES
8 p.m. Saturday, September 15
4 p.m. Sunday, September 16
Intermezzo: New England Chamber Opera presents a collection of one-act operas about women in history who have struggled to define their identities.

  • In At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally, a woman waits to meet a blind date while standing next to a statue of Venus in a museum, deliberating the many plusses and minuses of dating in the modern age.
  • The Stronger, by Hugo Weisgall, is an adaptation of August Strindberg’s short play about jealousy and power.
  • Miss Haversham’s Wedding Night, by Dominick Argento, is based on the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.

Janna Baty, Barbara Kilduff, and Kristen Watson play the divas. Musical direction is by Linda Osborn-Blaschke, Brian Moll, and Stephen Yenger. Marc Astafan and Kirsten Z. Cairns are the stage directors. The set is designed by William A. Fregosi and lighting by Winston Limauge.  

WGBH’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller
THE NEW ECONOMY: HOW AUTOMATION IS CHANGING THE GAME
7 p.m. Thursday, September 27 
An exclusive off-air discussion with Andrew McAfee, author of Race Against the Machine; Daniel Theobold, chief technology officer of Vecna Technologies; Willy Shih, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School; andRodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics. This conversation is led by Kara Miller and co-sponsored by Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.    

 

ELECTION 2012 AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
October dates to be announced.
Suffolk University will present a dynamic series of debates, polls, panel discussions and simulcasts spotlighting the 2012 presidential election that will include lively responses from the Suffolk University and greater Boston communities.

 

AT EASE
8 p.m. Friday, October 5
8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
A documentary theatre production about the United States military experience, conceived and directed by Suffolk University professor Caitlin Langstaff with theatre and Veteran students.  Facilitated discussions will follow both performances. At Easeis presented by the Suffolk University Theatre Department.


THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 10
On the 50th anniversary of its release, this political and psychological thriller still resonates for contemporary audiences in an election year. The film was directed by John Frankenheimer and features Frank SinatraLaurence HarveyJanet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening with Suffolk University professors Robert Allison and Michael Goldman, presented in collaboration with the Boston Preservation Alliance.

 

THOMAS KÖNER | LIVE SOUNDTRACK TO E.A. DUPONT’S DAS ALTE GESETZ (THIS ANCIENT LAW)
7 p.m. Saturday, October 13
This 1923 Weimar-era silent film will be screened with live musical accompaniment by German composer and pioneering multimedia artist Thomas Köner. In Das alte Gesetz an orthodox rabbi’s son tears himself away from his family’s sacred traditions to become an actor in Vienna. The film and concert are presented in cooperation with Non-Event, Goethe-Institut Boston, and the National Center for Jewish Film.   

 

THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES
Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18

By Sean Graney
Directed by Wesley Savick 
Hilarious, terrifying, and primal; these words describe the Boston premiere of Sean Graney’s adaptation of the Sophocles tragedies OedipusIn TrachisPhiloktetesIn ColonusAjaxElektra, and Antigone. Savick directs this unique theatrical event—lauded by the New York Times as “entertaining and fresh”—which features Suffolk University Theatre Department students.

 

LOVE, FAITH, AND OTHER DIRTY WORDS
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28
7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 29
The New Center for Arts and Culture presents a funny and moving story of interfaith couples negotiating (and sometimes battling) to maintain the balance between devotion to each other and to their separate faiths. This original play was developed collaboratively by members of Prism, the young adult division of the New Center for Arts and Culture, and theatre artist Kent Stephens. Facilitated discussions led by Lev Baesh will follow each performance. The discussion following the Wednesday, November 28 production will be geared to a young-adult audience.

 

Tickets

Tickets for all events are on sale at www.moderntheatre.com. Tickets for WGBH’s Innovation Hub, At Ease, and The Manchurian Candidate are also available by phone at 800.440.7654. The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University is located at 525 Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

All programming subject to change

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