A new season begins onStage at Connecticut College
Connecticut College’s onstage series begins Saturday, and with it comes another season of eclectic and thought-provoking programming. We talked with Robert A. Richter, Conn’s director of arts programming, about the 2018-2019 season.
Dance Theater of Harlem, 8 p.m. Saturday, Palmer Auditorium; 25 seniors, 24, 14 students
“If someone wants to see a great piece of theater, this is a great piece that comes with a message,” Richter says.
Dealing primarily with issues of dementia, Richter says, ”‘The Nature of Forgetting’ is about memory, an individual’s memory and his life — an informed piece of work that deals with a difficult subject but deals with it in an uplifting way.”
Staged by the English theater group Theatre Re, the show opens with Tom, a 55-year-old man getting dressed for his party. As threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, a tale of friendship, love and guilt is unraveled.
Besides working as an avenue to open a dialogue about Alzheimer’s and dementia, “Forgetting” will touch both directly and indirectly affected by such diseases.
“What’s particularly exciting is that this company is trained in theatrical movement styles,” Richter says. “The physicality of the show, it’s fast-paced, fast-moving, and the storyline that is being told makes for an exceptional piece.”
“Crafting a New Normal for Women in Music” by the Lorelei Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Evans Hall; 20 seniors, 20, 10 students
Obie Award-winning playwright and performer Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen have teamed up to recount and acknowledge the lives of people living on the fringe of society in their newest work, “Radicals in Miniature” — a story honoring individuals who made their mark on contemporary culture in the 1980s and ’90s but who have disappeared from the historical record today.
“What stood out to me about this show is how deeply it resonated not only with me but with (one of) my student(s), who is 20 and grew up in California. So that was part of my deciding factor to bring it in,” Richter says.
“For two different people, from very different generations and very different upbringings, it struck us both, even if in very different ways.”
“Star-Spangled Banner Fractured” by Donal Fox and Quincy Troupe, 7:30 p.m. March 29 at Evans Hall; 20 seniors, $11 students
Pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox and renowned poet Quincy Troupere united for a new collaboration, “Star Spangled Banner Fractured.” The performance, a combination of spoken word and live piano, features Fox — one of the most talented jazz pianists of our day.
“This is also a very relevant piece, looking at the African-American experience and the racial issues that are still very present in modern-day America,” Richter says.