Behind the curtain: Mario Alberto Garcia Jr., CC ’21, on Columbia’s diverse and growing theater community
“His unexpected and misplaced smiles turned to snarls without notice, brilliantly twisting the laughter of the audience into grimaces and gasps.”
Playwright Abigail Duclos, BC ’23, gives her queer romance a happy ending—a “Love Actually” finale. After coming out to an accepting mother, Duclos’ protagonist hightails it across town to reunite with her high-school sweetheart. All of this, from confession to door-step, happens in just twelve minutes....
Taking the (virtual) stage: Columbia’s student theater groups prepare for the fall performance season
While the curtains remain closed, stage lights off, and plush seats empty, Columbia’s theater groups will not stay silent this fall. Through an array of festivals, cabaret performances, mainstage productions, and even a radio show, performance groups are coming together virtually to bring theater to the Columbia community from across the world....
For Columbia’s student theater groups, the spring semester is when creative teams, actors, and designers produce a crowded roster of musicals and plays. Beginning in January, creative teams begin planning, casting, and constructing their upcoming productions. Amid the COVID-19 crisis and cancellation of on-campus activities, however, all student-led theater groups have been forced to cancel or postpone their shows until the fall semester....
Following the move to virtual learning and the cancellation of activities on campus in March, student theater groups were forced to cancel or postpone their productions to the following semester. But as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to nearly 170,000 in New York and the University weighs whether to restart in-person classes in the fall, performing arts groups on campus are struggling to plan for the future....
Content Warning: The following piece contains mentions of sexual assault.
Spectator previews NOMADS’s “The Linguistic Features of AAVE”: Russian Doll, hot buttons, and Medusa
“I love black women.”
A grinning mask of President John F. Kennedy faced the audience as a disheveled Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe bowed, hand-in-hand with a bloodied man. Behind them, a chicken wire deer carcass lay with tissue paper entrails spilled across the stage....
Elise Cowen, a Beat poet you have possibly never heard of, writhes on the floor, bathed in red light, hair tangled tightly in her fingers, agonized. Through the lens of student playwright Eden Arielle Gordon, BC ’19, this is the effect of the American Dream on a woman. Her new musical, “The Other Side,” aptly brings focus to forgotten female Beat poets—a necessary and important storyline to highlight—yet fails in providing a tonally cohesive and in-depth narrative....
NOMADS premiered “Type B,” a well-meaning and humorous slice-of-life play that focused on the relationships between young women fresh out of college, over the weekend....