Harvard grads in the arts—from the creators of “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Broadway musicians and authors—remember a formative Harvard education, albeit one largely lacking in technical arts instruction.
The Crimson Arts delves into the curricular arts—academic projects, faculty perspectives, and interdisciplinary hidden gems—for its first-ever themed spring supplement.
In just over an hour, Iascone plans to detail some of the best—and worst—moments of his amorous pursuits. And he isn’t deterred by the especially intimate nature of the show’s content. “I think [the stage] a really good place for comedy because it’s a place where you can really be vulnerable,” he says. “When you’re up there and telling something that’s personal to you and happened to you, the audience is automatically engaged in this human experience.”
Page Axelson and Caroline Lellouche in "OSCAR at The Crown and the love that dare not speak its name."
“What does ‘taking up space’ mean to you? How do you take up space? Your response might be included in tonight’s performance,” read one of several slips of paper resting on a table covered in red cloth at Oberon, the American Repertory Theatre’s sister space on the fringes of Harvard Square. That prompt—answers to which did become part of the performance—aptly describes “SHE,” an original musical revue that ran from April 14 to 15.
The American Repertory Theater has been the home to professional theater around Harvard's campus since its founding in 1980. The entrance of the Theater, Dance, and Media concentration onto the Harvard stage, however, demands an examination of Harvard’s relationship to the A.R.T. and to the Boston theater community as a whole.
Although director Mitch B. Polonsky ’19 and producer Henry M.N. Brooks ’19 agree that “All’s Fair!” prioritizes comedy, the show also looks to highlight the weighty themes of its story. “I want people to be able to walk away and have a new lens for themselves to think about their own dreams and their own expectations and the compromises they’ve had to make in their own lives,” Polonsky says, “and I think [‘All’s Fair!’] provides a framework to do that.”
“SHE,” an original musical revue, weaves together vignettes and music to explore aspects of modern womanhood ranging from lighthearted moments of friendship and mountain climbing to pregnancy scares and the aftermath of sexual assault. Inspired by true stories and featuring a cast of over 20 Harvard women, “SHE” will run April 14 and 15 in the Oberon Theater.