CENTER HIGHLIGHT: This Wednesday you will learn The Importance of Being Earnest!

The latest FTT performance starts Wednesday in the Decio. Still need much help! Check it out as it should be a great show. Here is the official FTT press release:

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 8-12, 2017

In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” first performed in London in 1895, both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues.  

Guest director Mark Seamon, an FTT alumnus (‘98), describes the overall approach to the production as “period beautiful.” Part of the fun, he says, is “seeing how ridiculously these people behave within this beautiful and opulent environment.”

In 1997, Seamon became the first theatre student in decades to direct a department production  on the Washington Hall mainstage. Currently serving as Director of Merit Scholarship Enrollment for the university, Seamon returns to direct Earnest on the 20th anniversary of his student directorial debut.

The production features an all-student cast, as well as costumes by Richard E. Donnelly, lighting design by Kevin Dreyer, and scenic design by Marcus Stephens.

There you go. Have a great week!

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CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 10/4 Fall Forum in the Leighton! 10/5 Discussion in the Decio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a few weeks, we’ll be hosting two terrific events in the building! Both focus on Notre Dame and Fr. Jenkins’ plan for going global.

First up, on Wednesday October 4th we will host the ND Fall Forum. This year we will have special guests from the last two administrations. Here is the press release:

Views from the West Wing: How Global Trends Shape U.S. Foreign Policy

 Andrew Card and Denis McDonough, chiefs of staff to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will discuss U.S. foreign policy in a keynote Notre Dame Forum event at 7 p.m. Oct 4 (Wednesday) in the Leighton Concert Hall of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. “Views from the West Wing: How Global Trends Shape U.S. Foreign Policy” will be moderated by Maura Policelli, executive director of the Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs’ Global Policy Initiative. 

 The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 

 “As principal advisers to Presidents Bush and Obama, Andy and Denis played important roles in the White House during many significant international events over the past 20 years, including the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and the raid in 2011 by U.S. Navy SEALs on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan,” Father Jenkins said. “We are honored that they have agreed to participate in the Notre Dame Forum, and I know their insights will stimulate members of our campus and local community to think deeply about U.S. foreign policy in an increasingly complex world.”

 For more info on this event and ND’s globalization initiative, please go to the ND Forum website:

https://forum2017.nd.edu/

Next up, on Thursday October 5th in the Decio, we’ll have the Keough School of Global Affairs Panel Discussion.

Details are still being worked out, but the event is focused on the opening of the new School of Global Affairs. It will be a panel discussion with Patrick Keough (son of the late donor Donald R. Keough), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Dean John McGreevy, Natalie Jeresco (former Minister of Finance in Ukraine), Shamsia Rhamadan (Catholic Relief Services, Kenya) and possibly one or two other panelists. Dean Appleby will moderate the discussion.

Both of these great events are up now and many spots are available. Please consider. Thanks!

Wednesday 10/4 5:30 PM Fall Forum: Views from the West Wing: How Global Trends Shape U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday 10/5 3:00 PM Keough School of Global Affairs Panel Discussion

CENTER NON-HIGHLIGHT: Parking!

Just wanted to keep you updated on the ever-changing parking situation at Notre Dame! The west part of the Walsh Architecture Lot (formerly known as the C Lot, next to the building construction site) has been allotted for paid visitor parking during regular business hours.

This does not affect most shifts, as the lot is open after 4:00 PM on weekdays and all day on the weekends. Any ushers who work any weekday shifts, please do what we have normally been doing. You can go to the Bookstore guard gate and get a day pass. Before day shifts, we will contact Parking Services to let them know that we have volunteers coming to work and they should give you a pass with no trouble. Then you can park in the Joyce, Compton or Walsh Architecture Lots.

Here is Parking’s official word on Visitor Parking, if for some reason you’re just visiting and not ushering!:

Visitor parking is available at the following locations:

  • Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore (one hour parking)
  • Morris Inn (for guests of the hotel or restaurants)
  • Legends of Notre Dame (for customers only)
  • Visitor Lot (paid parking)

Please visit map.nd.edu and select the Visitor Parking overlay to view these areas on a map.

The Visitor Lot is located on the west end of the Walsh Architecture parking lot.  During regular business hours (MondayFriday7a.m. – 4p.m.), visitors must purchase a permit at the pay station (credit cards only) near the entrance to the lot.  The permit must be displayed face up on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, so it is visible to parking enforcement staff.

No permit is required outside of regular business hours and on holidays.

If the Visitor Lot reaches capacity, visitors must purchase a permit and then park in any non-reserved space within the Joyce, Compton or Walsh Architecture Lots.

The current rate schedule is:

  • 1hr – Free (must obtain permit and display on dash)
  • 2hrs – $1
  • 3hrs – $2
  • 4hrs – $3
  • 4+hrs – $8

 

There you go!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: FTT 2017-18 Season!

 

Hello all, you may have noticed that Rhinoceros will be in the Philbin at the end of the month. You may ask, “What is Rhinoceros?” and “Isn’t that dangerous?” Well let’s find out!

Here is FTT’s official press release on their 2017-18 season. Many great shows to look forward to:

 

 

Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2017/18 theatre season, with two comedies, including the beloved The Importance of Being Earnest; an absurdist classic relevant to the current political climate; and Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

Kicking off the season will be ND Theatre NOW! (September 28 – October 8), a slot in the mainstage season which annually features a production realized entirely by student artists.  This year, FTT presents Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist classic Rhinoceros, directed by FTT senior Abbey Schnell. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in the streets. Then another. One by one, townspeople succumb to an epidemic that transforms them into rhinos, until only one resists. Inspired by the rise of European fascism in the 1940s, Ionesco’s exploration of conformity and resistance remains uncomfortably relevant in 2017.

Later in the fall, FTT revisits one of the theatre’s most enduring comedies, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (November 8-12). In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues. FTT welcomes alumnus Mark Seamon (’98) as guest director.

The spring semester kicks off with Karen Zacarías’s good-natured comedy Native Gardens (February 22 – March 4), directed by FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer. When Pablo and Tania buy a house in an historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood, they’re welcomed warmly by next door neighbors Frank and Virginia. But soon the couples are embroiled in a dispute over their backyard property line that threatens to uproot Frank’s meticulously cultivated garden and forces both sides to confront deeply ingrained notions of race, class, and privilege.

The season will culminate in April with the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening (April 18-22).  Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, the musical features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007.  Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, this R-rated production will be directed by Matt Hawkins, who joins the FTT faculty this fall. A musical theatre specialist and professional fight choreographer, Hawkins will lead the department’s efforts to develop a new focus in musical theatre.

“Programming our season is always a challenge,” says FTT Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer, “because we’re striving to meet the artistic and academic needs of our students while representing a diversity of voices and creating an exciting season for our audiences. This year we were able to program several plays originally proposed by our students. We’re very pleased to offer them this season.”

FTT’s 2017/18 Theatre Season Schedule

ND Theatre NOW:  Rhinoceros 
By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Derek Prouse.

September 28 – October 8, 2017 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

No one believes they’ll turn into a rhinoceros…until they do.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

November 8-12, 2017 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre

 

A trivial comedy for serious people.

 

Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías

February 22 – March 4, 2018 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

 

Good fences make good neighbors…or do they?  A good-natured comedy about a backyard border wall.

 

Spring Awakening

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

April 18-22, 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre

 

A musical explosion of adolescent angst and repressed sexuality. (Mature audiences)

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Sorin: A Notre Dame Story!

We had a few events this summer that gave a mini-preview of the new play Sorin: A Notre Dame Story. The play is part of the celebration of Notre Dame at 175 years. Wow! 175! Notre Dame, you don’t look a day over 150! Anyways, the play, made by Notre Dame alums, centers around the life of Notre Dame founder Edward Sorin and will have its premiere run in our own Decio Mainstage Theatre!

Performances are scheduled throughout the semester to coincide with home football games. The premiere on August 30th will be for Holy Cross priests and will have a special start time of 6:42 PM. Why?…well, because 6:42 PM is 18:42 in military time, 1842 being the year Notre Dame was founded. There you go!

The rest of the shows will have a normal start time. Every Thursday before a home game weekend will have a special showing for Advisory Council members and VIP guests. These shows will start at 7 PM.  There are a few home gameFriday performances open to the public: September 8th , October 20th and November 17th. These will be at 7:30 PM as to give people time to get here after the pep rally.

We’re expecting solid crowds for all of these and looking forward to being the main home for the show this semester. Next year they’re taking the show on the road to cities across the United States.

The website for the show is up and has some info on the talent behind the play. Check it out at:

http://sorinplay.nd.edu/

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival at DPAC!

Soon the NDSF events begin in our building! We kick off with Explore: Much Ado About Nothing on Wednesday August 2nd. The NDSF- Cabaret with the multi-talented Angela Ingersoll will be on Monday August 7th. Then the main event: Much Ado About Nothing runs from August 15th to the 27th in the Decio.

Here is the info on these great events:

Explore Much Ado About Nothing with Director Drew Fracher

Wednesday, August 2nd Tours at 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Decio Mainstage Theatre

Go “Beyond the Stage” with director Drew Fracher and members of the Much Ado cast and design team. Talk with actors, touch the costumes, and tour our star-spangled stage. (Only 50 tickets available for this exclusive event.)

 

 

Angela Ingersoll Cabaret

Monday, August 7th at 7:30pm

Decio Mainstage Theatre

“Simply magnificent.” – Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune. Join the astonishing Angela Ingersoll for an evening of live music with members of our 2017 company. Ingersoll, fresh from an acclaimed turn as Judy Garland in Porchlight Music Theatre’s End of the Rainbow, will be playing Beatrice in this summer’s production of Much Ado. Catch this rising star in an intimate cabaret performance.

 

Much Ado About Nothing

2017 Professional Company/ Directed by Drew Fracher

Tuesday, August 15th– Sunday, August 27th

Decio Mainstage Theatre

“…then there was a star danced, and under that was I born.” When men come home from war, marriage is on their minds, but will all end well in Shakespeare’s much-beloved comedy?

Actors Theatre of Louisville regular Drew Fracher sets the play to the tunes of the mid-1940s, drawing on popular big band music of WWII. Our star-spangled production of Much Ado will keep your toes tapping and bring tears to your eyes, but “how much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping?” Featuring Angela Ingersoll as Beatrice and Cameron Knight as Benedick.