CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 8/31 Thomas Friedman Lecture

Just added to the schedule on August 31st, as part of the University’s Quinn Lecture Series, we are hosting famed New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman. We are expecting big crowd for this special event, so please sign up! Here is a little more on Mr. Friedman from his New York Times page:

Thomas L. Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, his third Pulitzer for The New York Times. He became the paper’s foreign-affairs columnist in 1995. Previously, he served as chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau and before that he was the chief White House correspondent. In 2005, Mr. Friedman was elected as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

 Mr. Friedman joined The Times in 1981 and was appointed Beirut bureau chief in 1982. In 1984 Mr. Friedman was transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem, where he served as Israel bureau chief until 1988. Mr. Friedman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon) and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel).

 Mr. Friedman’s latest book, “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century,” was released in April 2005 and won the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

His book, “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (1989), won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1989 and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” (2000) won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 27 languages. Mr. Friedman also wrote “Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism” (2002) and the text accompanying Micha Bar-Am’s book, “Israel: A Photobiography.”

 Born in Minneapolis on July 20, 1953, Mr. Friedman received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975. In 1978 he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Middle East studies from Oxford. Mr. Friedman is married and has two daughters.


TIP OF THE WEEK: Sorin Returns With A New Fr. Sorin!

As you have seen on the schedule for the end of the month and in September, Sorin: A Notre Dame Story is back…and maybe better than ever! 1989 Notre Dame grad and long-time working actor Anthony Lawton takes over the role of Fr. Sorin for the latest run of this engaging play. Since graduating from ND, Tony has made a career on the stage and screen. He has also taught Acting at many universities and theatres across the country. We look forward to his unique spin on Sorin and welcome him back to campus.



You’ll see on the September Listing of Events that FTT’s ND Theatre NOW! begins in the Philbin on September 27th and runs to October 7th.



This year’s show will consist of two one-act plays that will get a unique spin by FTT. The first up is WASP written by all-around legend of everything: Steve Martin! Mr. Martin’s play will be directed by Notre Dame student Najmeddine Harrbi ’19. Here is the synopsis:

In the fractured landscape of 50s suburbia, a prototypical white protestant family exists in a dark limbo of expectation and routine. Mom is surrounded by people but deeply alone, dad speaks in delicious platitudes, and the children fear anything new. The play vibrates with satire and dark lyrical irony as the family meanders blindly toward catastrophe.

The second one-act will be American Roulette written by Tom McCormack. Notre Dame student Roisin Goebelbecker ’19 will direct. Here is the info:

An African-American man named Sam has come for an interview. The firm is unspecified, described only as “the most powerful firm there is.” Two very privileged-looking Caucasians, Charles and Hillary, carry out the interview. They tell him that the only qualification needed is desire to be in the firm. The interview amounts to a series of tests designed to trick Sam. This original and perceptive work details a tense, contemporary American crisis. Alternately hilarious and chilling the play moves swiftly, and inexorably, to an explosive unforgettable climax.

There you have it!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Eddy Street Closed Next to DPAC From 8/1-8/9





Please note that the University is closing Eddy Street from Holy Cross Dr. to Angela Blvd from August 1st to August 9th.  The sidewalks will also be closed along this strip. To refresh, this is the section to the east of DPAC (that would be the playground side!).

Holy Cross Dr. will remain open. This is the street directly to the north of DPAC, where our main entrance is. If you’re coming to DPAC during these days, please enter campus from Notre Dame Ave., which is to the west of DPAC (that would be the Donor Wall side!), and turn right onto Holy Cross Dr. after you enter campus. There you have it!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival!

This year’s festival is underway in the area and in August it comes to DPAC!


The main event Othello will run in the Decio Mainstage Theatre from August 14th – August 26th, with the always-enjoyable Gala on August 16th. Here’s what NDSF has to say about this major production:



Passed over for promotion by General Othello, Ensign Iago embarks on a perilous emotional ruse: to convince Othello that his wife Desdemona is unfaithful, leading to the general’s most searing battle: against green-eyed jealousy. A story of trust twisted into violence, and beauty lost to terror. 

So much has changed since Shakespeare’s time, and yet, so much remains the same. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s most powerful (and famed) dramas, comes ready-made with controversial themes; race, duty, jealousy, prejudice, and manipulation all swirl about in its tragic story. 

 Othello comes to life in a bold new Professional Company production here at Notre Dame beginning August 14th. Starring in the title role is Esau Pritchett, a powerful and dynamic actor seen often onscreen (Orange is the New Black, Luke Cage, The Night Of, The Blacklist) and onstage (Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among many others).

 The cast also includes veteran stage actor Robert Ramirez as Iago, Delaney Feener as Desdemona, Paul Hurley as Roderigo, and Chicago actor Maggie Kettering as Emilia.

Othello is directed in a contemporary staging by Cameron Knight (last year’s memorable Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing)

You may have also seen on the schedule: NDSF- Blood Knot. As an add-on to the festival, the Apprentice Company is putting on this show in the Philbin on August 13th and August 23rd.

What is Blood Knot you may ask? It is a play written by Athol Fugard in 1961 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here is the synopsis:

Two brothers live in a quiet, strained existence in a tiny house in apartheid South Africa. Morris, who has very fair skin, and has in the past passed as white, has recently returned to Port Elizabeth and is living with his brother Zachariah, who works long, painful hours as a sentry at the gate of a whites-only park. Despite Morris’ constant presence, Zach is lonely for the company of a woman, so Morris suggests he find a pen pal. When it turns out Zach’s pen pal isn’t who they thought, the brothers’ desperation exposes the complex angles of their relationship in this powerful play.

 This is a play about race. About apartheid, which is technically dead, and racism, which is very much alive. It’s about the to-the-bone love between brothers, the kind that transcends skin color and crosses social chasms. Or not. Family can at times tread a fine line between love and less admirable emotions. Sometimes it even crosses over. These men and their story invite you to explore that complex and compelling contradiction. To dig beneath the surface of what makes us kin, and what happens when we don’t like what we find there. Like all the best plays, Blood Knot is both relatable and searingly intimate. And like all the best plays, it will get under your skin.

There you go! That’s Blood Knot!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 2018 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off- Offsite!

The official kick-off for this year’s Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is upon us! Here are some of the festivities taking place around the area:

Shakespeare After Hours kicks off the festival July 13th at 9:00 pm at LangLab (1302 High St, South Bend). Here is the info:

The NDSF Community Company kicks off the 2018 season with Shakespeare After Hours, returning after a filled-to-capacity inaugural year. Come enjoy Shakespeare at his bawdy, boozy, bloody best as local artists present scenes intended for a mature audience. Patrons will raise a glass (literally) and toast the Bard’s scandalous side on Friday the 13th!

July 14th at 2:00 pm at Washington Hall is the annual ShakeScenes performance. Here’s more on it:

NDSF’s Community Company presents the 15th year of ShakeScenes, an annual mashup of Shakespeare performed by young people from throughout Michiana. For 2018, ShakeScenes too will take up the plight of the other, the stranger, and the outcast. Come join in the fun that has served as a first experience with Shakespeare for thousands of young people.


On July 15th the Touring Company begins its run of The Merchant of Venice in Valparaiso. The company will perform throughout the area at outdoor venues and end right back here at Notre Dame in front of the Main Building 6:30 pm on Monday August 20th. Here is the summary:


Bassanio is in a bind. He’s in debt to his dear friend Antonio, and now needs even more cash to woo the wealthy woman Portia. Bassanio’s strategy forces Antonio to borrow from Shylock, and if they fail to repay him, Shylock’s legal bond comes due: one pound of Antonio’s fair flesh.

Shakespeare’s inimitable slapstick comedy, featuring a controversial yet sympathetic villain, leaves you wondering who’s truly guilty. The Merchant of Venice is a hilarious, poignant comedy never to be missed on stage.

Shakespeare in Fremont Park has a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 26th & July 27th at 7 pm. Here is the info:

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is a seven-week program involving community based organizations in South Bend. Focused on the city’s west side, the effort will allow young people to work directly with adults to create, rehearse, and perform a theatre production inspired by Shakespeare. Working and rehearsing indoors, Shakespeare in Fremont Park will perform outside at Fremont Park (1800 Fremont St. at W. Hamilton St.).

 Emerging from the mission of the Fremont Park Foundation, which seeks to provide positive activities for young people and adults alike, the community wishes to build on its recent successes (a new splash pad, playground equipment, and new basketball courts), with an offering open to all, which residents can enjoy whether on stage, behind it, or even simply enjoying a show from a blanket or lawn chair.

Much happening all around and then in August we’ll get the big show!