I AM JANE DOE Screening and More Set for BabsonARTS This Fall

I AM JANE DOE Screening and More Set for BabsonARTS This Fall

BabsonARTS announces its roster of programming for the fall of 2017, including a screening of I Am Jane Doe by Mary Mazzio and a range of visual and performing arts events.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), Babson's professional theater-in-residence, presents a staged reading of Bertolt Brecht's Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, directed by Steve Maler and featuring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams; and Shakespeare & the Law, featuring a staged reading of Measure for Measure directed by Adam Sanders, followed by a panel discussion by state and national lawyers and judges.

Most of the events take place at Babson College, 231 Forest Street in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


A complete listing of events follows:

Artists in Motion: Illustrations of Perilous Journeys
Art for Change by Eritrean Refugees
Discussion and reception with Development Director for Jesuit Refugee Service, Clare Bonsignore: Thursday, September 7, 5:00 P.M.
Exhibit on view: June 1-September 7
Hollister Gallery, Babson College

Between two mountain ranges in Northern Eritrea, dozens of young Eritrean refugees spend their days creating paintings that tell the stories of their experiences. Their artworks express their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution, and stories of their families and friends. According to their teacher Mebratu, "Painting keeps history alive, transmits information from one generation to another and expresses ideas and feelings." Artists In Motion is an initiative of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

A Coming of Age: Paintings by LaShonda Cooks and Jamaal Eversley
Artists talk and reception: Friday, September 15, 4:30 P.M.
Exhibit on view: September 15-October 26
Hollister Gallery, Babson College

This joint exhibition features two new series by two Babson alumni: The Pursuit of Womanhood by LaShonda Cooks and Smells like Teen Spirit by Jamaal Eversley. Cooks has found strength and solace in painting women who define and defy societal roles. In this exhibition she combines her paintings with text collage to create a large mixed-media installation depicting her favorite female identifying influencers and icons, from familial to famous. Eversley's bold paintings and drawings integrate influences of Geometric Abstraction and Pop Art with the West Indian palette of Barbados. His compositions are driven by the fictional characters that inhabit them; the focal character in this series is Eversley's alter ego Spencer Ward, a nerd in pursuit of love.

Thi Bui, Author of The Best We Could Do
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College

What does it mean to be a refugee, to flee your home for life in a country whose citizens often resent you? Thi Bui's first book, The Best We Could Do, published earlier this year, is a compelling graphic memoir that recounts her family's journey from war-torn Vietnam to the United States in the 1970s. It is a powerful examination of identity and the notion of "home" that speaks to our times. In the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, it is "a book to break your heart and heal it."

Presented by the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and History & Science

I Am Not Your Negro
A film directed by Raoul Peck
Monday, September 25, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College

At the time of his death in 1987, writer James Baldwin was working on a book, Remember This House, that was to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In reaching back and envisioning the book as Baldwin might have finished it, filmmaker Raoul Peck creates a profound and urgent exploration of the contemporary American racial narrative.

Presented by the Global Film Series

Shakespeare & the Law: Measure for Measure
Directed by Adam Sanders
Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 P.M.
Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston

Shakespeare's comedy Measure for Measure is an exploration of the act of judging: its values, its limitations, and the important role played by an independent judiciary in society. CSC's Shakespeare & the Law series features staged readings of a Shakespeare play by state, and national lawyers and judges, followed by a discussion of the legal and societal implications of the work.

Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Season Sponsors: WGBH, The Boston Globe, Improper Bostonian

Improvaganza!
Fridays, September 29, October 27, December 1, 9:00 P.M.
Grille Room, Roger's Pub, Babson College

SAG (Students Against Gravity) performs monthly in the Grille Room at Roger's Pub this fall. You never know what to expect when these performers take to the stage, creating their material on the spot!

Presented by The Empty Space Theater (TEST)

Waterline Reading Series Showcase
Wednesday, October 25, 5:00 P.M.
Glavin Chapel, Babson College

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works with readings by Babson College faculty fiction writers, poets, and essayists.

Presented by the Division of Arts & Humanities

Clybourne Park
a play by Bruce Norris directed by Professor Beth Wynstra
October 26-28, 7:00 P.M.
October 29, 2:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College
Tickets $15

Real estate and racism collide in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that returns to the neighborhood portrayed in the classic A Raisin in the Sun and explores a half-century of life in urban America. Wickedly funny, the play looks at modern gentrification and asks us to reconsider our notions of privilege, race, and neighborhoods.

Presented by The Empty Space Theater (TEST)

Jhane Barnes, Fashion Textile Designer and Entrepreneur
Arts & Business Conversation
Friday, October 27, 12:30 P.M.
Sorenson Center Upper Lobby, Babson College

Jhane Barnes launched her first fashion company in 1976 designing menswear. Within two years she had bought her first loom and quickly became known for her innovative textiles. In the interiors market she has collaborated with Knoll and designed furniture for Bernhardt and carpet for Tandus Centiva. She uses mathematical formulas and special computer software to create her designs, frequently using fractals as a design motif.

I Am Jane Doe
Film screening and discussion with director Mary Mazzio and "JS," a subject of the film
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College

I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their young daughters - including middle school girls from Boston, a 15-year-old violinist from Seattle, and a precocious 13-year-old from St. Louis - who were victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice newspaper. The film was produced and directed by Babson filmmaker-in-residence Mary Mazzio and features narration by Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain. Also on the program will be a screening of the companion piece aimed at younger audiences, the short-animated film I Am Little Red.

The Caprichos: Etchings by Emily Lombardo
Artist talk and reception: Thursday, November 2, 5:00 P.M.
Exhibit on view: November 2-January 12
Hollister Gallery, Babson College

The Caprichos is a series of etchings that are in direct conversation with and pay homage to Francisco Goya's "Los Caprichos" of 1799. Both reveal the dark underbelly of cultural movements that ultimately serve to divide society across economic, racial, political, religious, and gender lines. Lombardo, an artist who investigates personal and cultural identity in her work, brings these issues to light through a queer feminist lens.

In a Better World
A film directed by Susanne Bier
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, In a Better World tells two interlinked stories: one taking place in an idyllic town in Denmark and one in an African refugee camp. As the main character goes back and forth between these two very different worlds, he and his family are forced to choose between vengeance and forgiveness. The film asks ethically provocative questions about power, violence, retribution, and the fragility of social order.

Presented by the Global Film Series

A Conversation with Tony Shalhoub
Sunday, November 12, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College

Tony Shalhoub is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. He has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his lead role in the TV series Monk; has appeared in a range of films from Men in Black to A Civil Action and more; and is currently appearing on Broadway in the acclaimed play The Band's Visit. Join us for an intimate evening with this extraordinary performer, where we will screen clips from some of his works and get a glimpse behind the scenes. Support provided by the Malcolm K. Stearns '81 Memorial Film Society Fund

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich
A play by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley
Theater in the Rough staged reading, directed by Steven Maler, featuring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
Monday, November 13, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College
Tickets $20-$40

Brecht's series of 18 interconnected playlets describe what life was like in German households in the 1930s as the Nazis came to power. Written while Brecht was in exile in Denmark and first performed in Paris in 1938, these poignant stories dramatize the suspicion and anxiety experienced by ordinary people, particularly Jewish citizens, as the power of Hitler grew. The reading features renowned film and theater actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.

Theatre in the Rough is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors' performances, allowing one's own imagination to take creative flight.

Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Season Sponsors: WGBH, The Boston Globe, Improper Bostonian

Kate Chertavian, Art Dealer and Entrepreneur
Arts & Business Conversation
Thursday, November 30, 12:30 P.M.
Sorenson Center Upper Lobby, Babson College

Kate Chertavian is an independent art dealer and curator whose projects include, among others, curation of the collection of the late music legend David Bowie.While building collections for private clients, she has also curated and organized exhibitions in London, Switzerland, and Italy and facilitated significant acquisitions for collectors in Europe and the United States. She is also co-founder, with her husband, of Year Up, a nonprofit organization that trains low-income youth for college or careers.

Babson Music Collective Concert
Directed by Clayton DeWalt
Monday, December 4, 7:30 P.M.
Sorenson Black Box, Babson College

A group of accomplished student musicians offers a lively mix of jazz, pop, and rock in their semester-ending concert.


Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. All dates, times, artists, and programs are subject to change.

*Clybourne Park and Fear and Misery in the Third Reich are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Reservations are recommended for all events. For further information or to reserve tickets, visit babsonarts.org or call 781.239.5880.

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