Moshing with the cast of Measure for Measure

Rehearsals are well underway for Theatre Fairfield’s spring production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This production is taking doublets and pantaloons and replacing them with leather jackets and combat boots. That’s right, down at the PepsiCo Theatre, Shakespeare is going punk! This production is inspired by the punk movement in NYC during the 70’s and 80’s, and it is sure to breathe a whole new life into Shakespeare’s words.

This past week, the cast worked with choreographer and movement coach, Brad Roth to explore punk physicality through moshing, and the wall of death (don’t worry, there were no casualties). Actors were encouraged to explore their characters and the world of the play through poses and movement. Eventually, an interesting and edgy dance evolved out of these exercises. The cast got to engage with their characters and each other as punk music blasted through the speakers in rehearsal.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting production!

Ashley Ruggiero '14 talks to Dr. LoMonaco, director of Measure for Measure about the major questions and themes of the production.

Ashley Ruggiero ’14 talks to Dr. LoMonaco, director of Measure for Measure about the major questions and themes of the production.

Brendan McNamara '17 and Owen Corey '14 are intensely perfecting their moshing skills.

Brendan McNamara ’17 and Owen Corey ’14 are intensely perfecting their moshing skills.

 

Véronique Poutré '16 and Tori Schuchmann '16 get into character by striking a pose.

Alex Kimble ’16 and Tori Schuchmann ’16 get into character by striking a pose.

Véronique Poutré '16, Owen Corey '14, and Brendan McNamara '17 practice wall of death in slow motion!

Véronique Poutré ’16, Owen Corey ’14, and Brendan McNamara ’17 practice wall of death in slow motion!

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Theatre Fairfield Picnic 2013

This years picnic was a blast! TF enjoyed some food and music, greeted new faces and later that night began auditions for the upcoming shows! The rehearsals have already started for RHINOCEROS directed by Jackob Hofmann to be seen in late October. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale!!

Alec Bandzes '15, Ashley Ruggerio '14, Shannon Galgay '14 and Owen Corey '14 Photo taken by Grace Janiszewski

Alec Bandzes ’15, Ashley Ruggerio ’14, Shannon Galgay ’14 and Owen Corey ’14
Photo taken by Grace Janiszewski

Nick Solmini '16 greets new TF faces!

Nick Solmini ’16 greets new TF faces!

Kevin Schneck the TD does the TF yearly auction!

Kevin Schneck the TD does the TF yearly auction!

Owen Corey '14 and Ashley Ruggerio '14

Owen Corey ’14 and Ashley Ruggerio ’14

Katie Premus '15 and Grace Janisewski '14

Katie Premus ’15 and Grace Janisewski ’14

Brenden MacNamera '17, Ryan Champlin '16 and Alex Mongillo '16

Brenden MacNamera ’17, Ryan Champlin ’16 and Alex Mongillo ’16

Dr. LoMonco and graduate Joe Plouffe '13

Dr. LoMonco and graduate Joe Plouffe ’13

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Katie Premus '15 and Grace Janisewski '14

Katie Premus ’15 and Grace Janisewski ’14

Kevin Schneck the TD does the TF yearly auction!

Kevin Schneck the TD does the TF yearly auction!

Big thanks to Grace Janiszewski ’14 for helping with photos!

 

 

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Pizza and a Play: A Curious Incident of TF in the Night-time

Theatre Fairfield’s “Pizza and a Play” event on September 5th was a lovely experience for all involved. Featuring “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” the hit play adapted from the hit novel,  pizza, fun, and great conversations, this event was and will continue to be an excellent way to spend a night. Look out for more “Pizza and a Play” events this semester!

The play moved well between moments of deep sensitivity, seen here, and moments of pure hilarity.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

The play offered a number of great parts for readers.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

The readers for the play focus on the fascinating script. Dr. LoMonaco , far left, reads stage directions.Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, '14

The readers for the play focus on the fascinating script. Dr. LoMonaco , far left, reads stage directions.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

The play offered these readers the chance to take on multiple roles.Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, '14

The play offered these readers the chance to take on multiple roles.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the complimentary pizza and the priceless company.Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, '14

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the complimentary pizza and the priceless company.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

Ear to ear smiles all around as TF's first "Pizza and a Play" of the year comes to a successful close.Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, '14

Ear to ear smiles all around as TF’s first “Pizza and a Play” of the year comes to a successful close.
Photo taken by: Grace Janiszewski, ’14

 

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Welcome Back to TF!

While the drone of fans cooling off anxious students are heard from every dorm room on campus, and friends are reuniting after a long summer vacation, Theatre Fairfield is down at the PepsiCo gearing up to kick off another wonderful year!

To begin the year, TF will be holding Pizza and a Play tonight, September 5, at 7:00pm at the PepsiCo Theatre. This is a great event for any of those interested in Theatre Fairfield to come down, enjoy a complimentary dinner, participate in reading aloud (or simply listen to) the wonderful play, Curious Incident, and meet some new friends.

Just a few days after the pizza plates are cleared, the annual TF picnic will be held. Also located at the PepsiCo theatre, this will be an afternoon filled with a picnic lunch, refreshments, dessert, and a great opportunity to meet the professors and students of Theatre Fairfield. Please join us on Sunday, September 8, at 3:00pm for this welcoming event.

On Sunday at 6:00pm, immediately following the picnic, TF will hold auditions for their two fall productions Rhinoceros and Stop Kiss. These auditions are also held at the PepsiCo Theatre, and anyone is welcome to come! (You do not have to be a theatre major or minor, or have any past theatrical experience, to participate!) If you so choose, a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue is welcome, but not necessary. Please wear clothes you can move comfortably in, and be prepared to have a great time!

If you have any questions regarding any of the listed information, or TF in general, please contact: victoria.schuchmann@student.fairfield.edu

Welcome back to Theatre Fairfield…we cannot wait to see you!

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Opening Tonight! Theatre 4’s ACTING OUT (IKEA)!

Opening tonight, our very own Mariah Sage’s theatre company, Theatre 4, presents ACTING OUT IKEA!! The performances run April 9, 10, 11.
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Have you ever wondered who might live in those rooms in the IKEA showroom?  Theatre 4 launches its fourth annual Acting Out.  Four regional playwrights take on the same challenge of writing a new ten-minute play that takes place somewhere in the showroom of IKEA New Haven!  This evening of new theatre will feature the core-company members of Theatre 4 as well as other Connecticut based theatre professionals.

Playwrights include: Jake Jeppson, MJ Kaufman, Jacques Lamarre,  and Andra Vebell.  April 9, 10 & 11, 2013.  IKEA is located at 450 Sargent Drive, New Haven.  Audience check in begins in the showroom at 6:00 pm with final arrival by 6:45 pm.  Plays begin at 7:00 pm. The event is free, however all reserve tickets have been sold out. There are 10 additional walk-up tickets available for each performance.

Walk-up tickets are first come, first served beginning at 6:00 pm at the top of the escalator in the show room.

Acting Out is made possible with the support of the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program and IKEA New Haven.

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Tickets Now on Sale!! Arabian Nights!

Hey everyone out there in the TF universe!

Tickets are now on sale for the final production of Theatre Fairfield’s 2012-2013 season, Arabian Nights!

Here’s all the info you might need to know!

Theatre Fairfield Closes Their 2012-2013 Season

Arabian Nights

April 24- April 28, 2013

Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

 

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (April, 2013) Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, closes their 2012-2013 season with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights. The performances run April 24 through the 28 at the Quick Center for the Arts.A fifteen-member cast enacts Scheherazade’s epic tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams. Scheherazade’s intriguing storytelling prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her. But will her tales be enough to ultimately change him? This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. With a perfect blend of traditional and modern flair,this production strives to leave the audience in awe of the power of stories, and yet question the changing world around us, and consider the strength found within words.

 

Arabian Nights is directed by guest artist Jesse Jou, who returns to Theatre Fairfield after directing A Brief History of America for the Theatre in the Raw Festival. The cast consists of Joe Plouffe ’13 (Shahryar), Maggie Greene ’15 (Scheherazade), Michael Maio ’13 (Harun Al- Rashid), Molly Gregory ’16, Katie Gillette ’15, Brianna Engelke ’16, Katie Premus ’15, Veronique Poutre ’16, Kelan McDonnell ’15, TJ Franco ’15, Josh Matteo ’16, Alec Bandzes ’15, Ryan Champlin ’16, Brendan Freeman ’15, and Nick Solimini ’16.

Guest Director Jesse Jou says that, “The Arabian Nights really celebrates imagination and storytelling. I think our show is very funny, ribald, and moving, while exploring complex aspects of what it means to be human, such as the redemptive power of love, how to live in the world, and what it means to be a good leader, among many other issues. One of my favorite aspects of this process has been the opportunity to work with the students of Fairfield University’s Muslim Student Association, who have been such warm and thoughtful advisors on the project. I hope the audience will think about western representations of middle eastern cultures and Islam, while still having a rip-roaring good time. Maybe we’ll help broaden perspectives. I think doing so really enhances our appreciation of these beautiful stories.”

 

The design team for Arabian Nights features scenic design by Chein Yu Peng, lighting design by Lynne Chase, costume design by Julie Leavitt, and sound/ music design by Chad Raines. The show is stage managed by Emily Skudrzyk ‘14 and Logan Pratt ’15, with Mary Corigliano ‘14 serving as one of the production’s assistant stage managers and dramaturg.

 

Performances run April 24 through April 28 at 8 p.m., and April 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the Wein Black Box Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts. Post-show talkbacks will follow the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances. Tickets went on April 2, 2013. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 seniors and University staff, and $5 students. Performances take place in the Wein Black Box Experimental Theatre, in Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. For information, call the Quick Center Box Office at: (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

 

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. Forfurther information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visitwww.quickcenter.com

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