The Lewis Center for the Arts presents “Athens, Georgia”

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Originally Posted: 04/14/2022

(Princeton, NJ) – Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts Offers platform performance Athens, GeorgiaNew rock music based on ancient Greek play frogs Written by Aristophanes, with music by Tony Award winner Steu and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon. The show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the Hearst Dance Theater on the Princeton campus. It will feature Princeton students from the springtime Atelier course of the same name, as well as guest appearances by Taekwan Malik White as Little Richard and Roman Banks as Chuck Berry.

Commissioned by the New York City Public Theater, Athens, Georgia Brings back ancient Greek comedy frogs Directly set in 1920s America and combines slapstick with social justice. Originally, the god Dionysus, depressed by the state of contemporary Athenian tragedy, travels to visit Hades in the underworld in hopes of bringing back the great Greek tragedian Euripides from the dead. Dionysus seeks advice from Hercules about how best to reach the underworld, and eventually decides to copy Hercules’ voyage and paddling across a lake with the ferryman Charon. Finally in the underworld, Dionysus finds Euripides challenging Aeschylus, often considered the father of Greek tragedy, to a battle of verses to determine which of them is the “best tragic poet”. Dionysus is asked to judge the contest and begins to wonder which one will bring them back to life. brought into the modern era, Athens, GeorgiaThe main characters in the movie include the rock god Dionysus, guitar hero Hercules, Chuck Berry, little Richard and, of course, The Real Housewives of Hell.

“The opportunity to develop this musical with the help of our talented students has been a wonderful blessing,” Muldoon said. “In addition to our students performing as musicians and singers, we were able to benefit from the class visits of Barbara Graziosi and Emily Greenwood, both from our Classics department, who helped put Aristophanes in context for his time. Michael Caden entertained us with his stories of sharing in Sondheim’s version of frogs Presented at Yale Pool in 1974 while Grace Elizabeth Hill gives us the background for her book, Cold City: How Athens, Georgia Unleashed Alternative Music and Changed America culture. “

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required through University Tickets. All guests are required to have the full COVID-19 vaccination to the fullest extent possible, which now includes a COVID booster dose for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Please note that performers may be revealed while on stage. Guests requiring access are welcome to contact the LewisCenter at [email protected] at least one week prior to the event date.

soup She is a Tony Award, two-time Obie Award-winning playwright/performer, best-selling singer/songwriter, and a “veteran of many dives”. His works include rock music Scrolling is weird, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical Book in 2008, two Obies Awards for Best New Play and Best Ensemble, and three Drama Desk Awards for Best Music, Best Lyrics, and Best Music. He also released 12 critically acclaimed albums written between 1999 and the present by Stew & The Negro Problem and wrote the music for the Spike Lee TV show, You must get it. Currently a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, Stew’s classes are recognized as “interdisciplinary greenhouses and self-challenging experiences that encourage ceremonial transformation through myth-making. His courses are also inspired by the spontaneous speed of rock club survival tactics and greatness.” humanity for theatre. As a teacher, Stew seeks to demystify the students’ creative process, while at the same time inviting them to create myths from their own truths, so that those truths may deepen and shine even more.”

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Paul Muldoon He is the Howard J.B. Clark ’21 Professor of the Humanities, as well as the founding president of the Lewis Center for the Arts. As a world-renowned Irish poet, Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement “As the most important English-language poet born since World War II.” Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for his ninth collection of poetry. moy sand and gravel (2002). In addition, Muldoon has won the 1994 TS Eliot Award, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, and the 2006 European Poetry Prize, among others. The fourteenth volume of his poems. Hoody Sculp, released November 2021 by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Muldoon is the editor of Paul McCartney’s recently released two-volume boxed collection, Songs: 1956 to present-Illuminating the stories behind 154 of McCartney’s song lyrics. As a musician, Muldoon is a member of the rock band Rogue Oliphant that specializes in songs and spoken word clips.

The Princeton Atelier, currently run by Muldoon, was founded in 1994 by Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and humanities professor Robert F. Gohen at Princeton University. Atelier brings together professional artists from different disciplines with Princeton faculty and students to create new work in the course of a semester-long course of study that culminates in the public display of the new work. Participating Atelier artists often choose a project that they want to explore and experience in the context of a classroom with Princeton students before developing it for the professional art world. Previous performers have included choreographer Jack Damboise, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, stage artist Basil Twist, choreographer Monica Bell Barnes, theater troupe Elevator Repair Service, and percussionist Evelyn Glenny, and Waka Waka Puppet Theatre.

To learn more about the Princeton Atelier and the Lewis Center for the Arts and the more than 100 public performances, exhibitions, readings, performances, concerts, lectures, and special events that the Lewis Center presents each year, most of which are free, visit Arts.princeton.edu.

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