Passing Strange is a semi-autobiographical account of a young brother’s encounters with sex, drugs, and rock and roll as he searches for “the real”. A rock musical that is equal parts comedy and drama, Passing Strange follows “the Youth” on his pilgrimage of self discovery from Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond. According to the New Yorker, "Passing Strange is a brilliant work about migration — a geographical migration but also its hero’s migration beyond the tenets of “blackness” and toward selfhood.” Passing Strange was nominated for 7 Tony awards and won for “Best Book of a Musical.” in 2008.
October 7 at 4:00pm
Paul Scolieri, Associate Professor of Dance, Barnard College
Title: "Birth of a Dancing Nation: The Life, Writings, and Choreography of Ted Shawn"
November 11 at 4:00pm
KJ Sanchez, Founder & CEO of American Records Theater Company
Title: “Theater That Builds Bridges, Theater That Chronicles Our Time”
February 3 at 4:00pm
Robert Henke, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature, Washington University
Title: "The Sole of Pantalone: Shakespeare and the Masks of the Commedia Dell'Arte"
March 3 at 4:00pm
David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre & Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
April 7 at 4:00pm
Aparna Dharwadker, Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: "India, Theatre, and the Axes of Modernism"