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Tickets can be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 973-408-3917, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for all events held at Drew University are general admission.

Ticket prices are listed with each event and range from $32 to $75.* They may be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey online or by calling 973-408-3917.

*Plus $6 handling fee per order.

All events are held in the Concert Hall of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts unless otherwise noted. You may reach the Concert Hall box office at drew.edu/boxoffice or 973-408-3176.

Lectures, panels and workshops covering a wide range of topics in history, pop culture, literature and education.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Students, faculty and theatre professionals showcase their talents in an eclectic mix of modern performances.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Drew students, unless otherwise indicated. For ticket reservations, email keanboxoffice@drew.edu. Questions? Call Drew’s box office at 973-408-3030.

Visual Arts

All visual art exhibits are held at the Korn Gallery of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4 p.m., select weekends and by appointment. For information, visit drew.edu/korngallery or call 973-408-3758.

Writers@Drew events are co-sponsored by the Casement Fund and the English Department and are always free.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The exhibition is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center and is funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and the generous support of Google.org, Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small and other generous donors.

First Folio, which was assembled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, includes 36 of his plays—18 of which had never before been published. Without it, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and more could have been lost. The book will travel to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels and digital content, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., whose collection of 82 First Folios is the largest in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library selected Drew as the sole exhibitor in New Jersey because of its renowned theatre program, wealth of Shakespeare courses and nexus with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is based on Drew’s 186-acre campus. The book will arrive in late September and be displayed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 on the first floor of Mead Hall, with a bevvy of daily programming around it.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare appears courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Books in the Time of Shakespeare is supported in part by the Delmas Foundation.

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends 12-8 p.m.

Group Tours: For information on tours for groups up to 60, such as from schools, contact hryan@drew.edu or 973-408-3702.

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September 2019

Plays in Progress

September 11 - December 4
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940

New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of staged readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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On Dress: Form and Fashion Exhibit

September 30, 2019 - January 3, 2020
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Curated by Drew’s own Candace Reilly and Brian Shetler, this exhibit traces the history of fashion from the 19th century to the present. It explores the way we dress, from head to toe and from ordinary to extraordinary!

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October 2019

Isak Applin: Tower of Romance

October 11 - November 15
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Curated by: Claire Sherman Artist talk: TBD Reception: October 18, 5–7pm. The paintings in Tower of Romance celebrate the lost legends, love stories and eccentric characters unique to the mill towns and seaports of the American Northeast. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4 p.m., select weekends and by appointment. For information, visit drew.edu/korngallery or call 973-408-3758.

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Romeo and Juliet

October 16 - November 17
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

By William Shakespeare.

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$35

Innovations in Education: Standards Based Grading Basics

October 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Learn about standards based grading and join an open session to work on your own implementation with the help of experts in the field.

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Drag Panel on Fashion and Camp

October 22 @ 6:30 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The theatrics of drag are back at the Methodist Archives! Drag queens use the elements of irony, camp, humor, gaudiness and pageantry in their fashion and performance. Returning drag queen Pissi Myles and photographer David Ayllon are joined by opera-trained drag performer Jasmine Rice Labeija as they discuss what fashion means to the art of drag.

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Immortal Schubert

October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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There are few works in all of music which command the awe and affection of Schubert’s Cello Quintet. Written at a feverish pace as the 31-year-old composer neared death, the quintet’s mesmerizing transcendence has made it an essential listening ritual for music lovers. Inspired by Schubert’s immortal creation, Bruce Adolphe offers a deeply-felt cello quintet, preceded by the first of six landmark string quintets by Mozart.

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$35

Innovations in Education: Standards Based Grading Basics

October 29 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Learn about standards based grading and join an open session to work on your own implementation with the help of experts in the field.

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Local Lore of Ghosts and Monsters

October 30 @ 6:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Who or what haunts the campus of Drew University, and what roams the Pine Barrens of New Jersey? University Archivist Matthew Beland, and guest speaker Dr. Brian Regal share strange tales and oddities such as the legend of the Jersey Devil and the ghosts who haunt The Forest!

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November 2019
$125

Technology for All

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This workshop will be led by Drew University’s Instructional Technology Department. Interested in learning more about using a Smartboard? Screencasting? Swivl and GoReact? Participate in an Escape Room? Here’s your chance to learn about the new educational basics and innovations in a low-stress environment. The day includes a judgement-free technology playground where you can learn how to apply technology in any classroom.

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Check Mate

November 4 - November 7
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940

Friday Game Night is a longstanding tradition at Ava’s—always full of fun, drinks, odd plus ones and a sore loser. But what happens when the games seep into their lives? Who will figure out the rules to these mind games, and who will turn out on top?

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Escape from the Holocaust and Journey to Canada

November 6 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Dr. Joseph Eisinger’s childhood experience escaping Nazi- occupied Vienna is described in his 2016 book, Flight and Refuge: Reminiscences of A Motley Youth. After a calm, middle-class childhood, his parents sent him by Kindertransport (children’s transport) from Austria to Britain, where he found work as a farm “lad” in Yorkshire, and then, as a dishwasher in a Brighton hotel. Following the fall of France, he was interned as an “enemy alien” and was transported to Canada.

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The Art of Paper Dolls: A Fashionable Stroll Down Memory Lane

November 6 @ 4:30 pm
Drew Library – Kean Reading Room,
Madison, 07940
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In conjunction with “On Dress”: Form and Fashion, this paper doll fashion show will feature uniquely designed attire by Drew University students and demonstrate the merging of modern-day fashion with the classic template of the vintage paper doll.

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Free

Jamnation

November 9 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Started in 1992, On a Different Note remains Drew University’s only all-female a cappella group. With a repertoire ranging from James Taylor to Lady Gaga, their upbeat and diverse sound as entertained audiences at weddings and birthday celebrations, as well as in high schools on both coasts. With four CDs of infectious tunes under their belt and another in the works, don’t be surprised if you find yourself thunder clapping along.

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Innovations in Education: Standards Based Grading Basics

November 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Learn about standards based grading and join an open session to work on your own implementation with the help of experts in the field.

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Around the World in 80 Days: A Travel Exhibit

November 13, 2019 - April 1, 2020
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Curated by Drew’s own Brian Shetler and Candace Reilly, this exhibit features rare books, manuscripts, archival documents, photographs and artifacts related to the history of world travel and exploration. From high seas to highways, plains to planes, and everything in-between, the exhibit will explore the ways in which we have traveled the globe.

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$32

The Drew Forum Presents Jeff Flake

November 13 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940

Drawing on his nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Jeff Flake shares candid, thought-provoking, and engaging insights on today’s political climate. Combining riveting anecdotes from his time in office, lessons from his New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative, and insights on the importance of civil leadership and bipartisanship, Flake paints a vivid picture of our current political environment and where we can expect our nation’s democracy to go from here.

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Free

Music at Noon

November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction class.

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35*

FANTASTICUS: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th-century Germany

November 16 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation in music giving composers free reign to do whatever their imagination suggested, delighting and astonishing the listener.

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Fall Dance Show

November 20 - November 23
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940

Student choreographers in the choreography class develop dance pieces throughout the semester, culminating in the Fall Dance Show. This year’s theme celebrates the female body.

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Student Showcase: Watercolor Art Inspired by the Archives

November 20 @ 6:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

This showcase will highlight the work of students in Prof. Liana Piehler’s Watercolorist’s Craft course who have used special collections material to influence their work and inspire their imaginations. This event, conceived by student Bruce Dalziel C’20, will show the works in a gallery setting and give students a chance to show off their archives-inspired creations.

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Valeria Luiselli

November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Lost Children Archive, which was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. She is also the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award. Her work has…

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Free

Drew University Flute Ensemble

November 24 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Flute Ensemble combines the talents of both students and community members. This concert features works from a variety of composers.

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Free

Drew University Jazz Ensemble

November 24 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

The jazz ensemble includes dedicated and experienced student musicians who focus on repertoire from the swing, bebop and hard bop eras.

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December 2019

A Christmas Carol

December 4 - December 29
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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By William Shakespeare.

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Free

Drew University Composers Concert

December 4 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

The concert features new chamber music works inspired by Drew Senior Studio Art students.

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Student Show

December 6 - December 13
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Reception: December 6, 5–7 p.m. View works by current Drew art students. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4 p.m., select weekends and by appointment. For information, visit drew.edu/korngallery or call 973-408-3758.

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Free

Music at Noon

December 6 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction class.

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Free

Drew University Chamber Orchestra

December 6 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Presented by the Drew Music Department

Conducted by Michael Avagliano

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Matthew Vickers and Friends

December 7 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Encore! Three award-winning tenors join NJFO to celebrate and captivate with a dazzling selection of renowned tenor fare to welcome in the holiday season. A family festival of symphonic pops and wintertime favorites guaranteed to make the season merry.

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5*

Drew University Chorale and Choral Union

December 7 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew University Chorale and Choral Union join forces in celebration of music.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Presented by the Masterwork Chorus Begin a lifelong tradition and give your family the gift of Handel’s beloved Messiah. Purchase tickets at masterwork.org, or call 973-692-6051.

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January 2020
$32

The Drew Forum Presents The NPR Politics Podcast: The Road to 2020

January 22, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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You may have heard The NPR Politics Podcast before, but seeing a live taping of the nation’s top political podcast is a whole new ballgame. Join four of NPR’s Washington Desk reporters for an evening of banter, laughs and thoughts on a topic that we can’t stop thinking about—the 2020 presidential election.

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February 2020

Mira Jacob

February 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle and The Millions. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times and…

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$50–75

The Drew Forum Presents General John Kelly

February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center,
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
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General Kelly is a decorated veteran of the Marines, former commander of the United States SOUTHCOM and served America as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security in 2017. After six months, he was selected to serve as White House Chief of Staff, a position he held until January 2019.

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Piano and Winds

February 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

The Hungarian György Ligeti was one of the 20th century’s greatest musical innovators. His effervescent Six Bagatelles for wind quintet connected the music of his great influence, Bartók, to the language of the future. This outstanding collection of internationally renowned wind players, joined by pianist Michael Brown, offers wind ensemble classics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

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Spring Awakening

February 19, 2020 - February 22, 2020
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

A dozen young people make their way through the thrilling, complicated and mysterious time of sexual awakening in this rock musical sure to touch your soul.

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March 2020

Opera’s Ultimate Odd Couple

March 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Two operatic legends come together for the first time as Wagner’s monumental drama meets the tragic pathos of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present these two magnificent operatic staples—an unlikely couple united by the tragedy and trauma of forbidden love.

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April 2020
40*

Contrasts

April 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Amy Yang, Piano | A da Camera concert presented by Drew University, pre-concert chat at 7:15 p.m.

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May 2020

Transcendence

May 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

Brahms in his most introspective mood, and Stravinsky nodding to the Classical style, lead to Messiaen’s mesmerizing, mystical depiction of the apocalypse, amid bird calls, the sound of seven trumpets and a final, hypnotic affirmation of immortality.

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New Jersey Festival Orchestra Season Finale: Russian Nights

May 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

The Slavic influence in music, whether full-blooded Russian or Central European in nature, has captivated audiences with its brooding, vivid romanticism. From the roaring Moldau River to the seductive mystique of Scheherazade herself, Slavic music lends itself to stories, simply because it’s so evocative. Internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew Tyson joins New Jersey Festival Orchestra to present the thrilling centerpiece of the program: Rachmaninoff’s unassailable epic Concerto No. 2., surely one of the most powerful works in the entire piano repertoire.

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