AUBURN – Auburn University Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts will present the “90-Minute Butchered Rock & Roll Boombox Hamlet” directed by Chris Qualls at the Telfair Peet Theatre, April 12-16.
“Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ is considered by many to be the greatest play ever written,” said Qualls. “Too often, though, this leaves people feeling the text is completely sacred. For this production, I’m taking the approach of adapting it as one might a novel for the stage or screen. I think an edited approach to the text creates an environment wherein our students can delve into the remaining language with greater depth. The feeling of the piece is driving, disturbing, and ultimately challenging and entertaining. This is a visceral adaptation of the play which includes rock and roll, hip-hop, and edgy pop music that symbolically reflect the Dane’s violent, passionate and action-packed existence.”
Auburn University is co-sponsoring a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center in celebration of Black History Month.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is an acclaimed modern dance company based in New York that inspires and entertains through performances, training and educational performances around the world.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Singers will present the opening performance of their 2008 annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m in AU’s Telfair Peet Theater. Other performances are scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 29, at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Under the direction of Dale Farmer, the show choir will present an array of popular and show music including “Eye of the Tiger,” “Knock on Wood” and a medley of tunes from the 50s and current Broadway shows. Individuals and small groups will be featured in performances of contemporary styles such as country, rock ‘n’ roll and inspirational music.
Barbara Lebow’s drama “A Shayna Maidel, ” translated literally as “a pretty girl, ” will be staged by Auburn University Theatre in its Theatre Upstairs Feb. 19-23.
The play is set in New York City in the year 1946 and opens on a conversation between Rose Weiss, 22 years old and thoroughly immersed in American city life, and her father, both of whom emigrated from Chernov, Poland, 18 years earlier. Rose must come to terms with learning that her sister, left behind in Poland with their mother because of illness, has been found and is coming to join Rose and her father. As the play progresses, the sisters overcome obstacles to develop a bond and a different kind of beauty begins to emerge.