Drew Forum 2018–2019 Season

This season’s roster of acclaimed headliners is sure to spark thought-provoking and spirited discussion among attendees.

Tickets can be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 973-408-3917, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for all events 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.

Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni/ae, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Priscilla Becker, William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, Phil Kay, Collum McCann, Sean Nevin, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Prufer, Jacqueline Woodson and Courtney Zoffness. At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.

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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January 2019
Free

New York Semester on Contemporary Art: The First Decade, 1967-1977

January 14 - March 15
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This exhibition traces the early history of Drew’s pathbreaking New York Semester on Contemporary Art. Archival materials, photographs and ephemera in the exhibit will trace the genesis of the program and its unique use of New York City museums, galleries and artists’ studios as experiential learning venues.

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Free

Jack Ryan: Sound and Suspicion

January 24 - February 22
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Jack Ryan explores contemporary culture through sonic theory, sculpture and optics. His new works are loosely based on suspicion of early avant-garde sound production and its ties to governments interested in the practice for covert operations.

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Free

Drew’s Creative Writing Faculty

January 28 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Emceed by Tomás Q. Morín, Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program

Join Drew University faculty Hannah Beresford (poetry), Andrea Chapin (fiction) and Courtney Zoffness (nonfiction/fiction) for readings of their work, followed by a Q&A session. This Writers@Drew event will be emceed by Tomás Q. Morín, Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program.

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February 2019
$100

Developing Digital and Media Literacies Conference: Social Justice in the 21st Century Classroom

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ehinger Center

How do digital tools affect our lives as individuals and as educators? How do we serve all students to give them a voice in society? Participants will explore these questions and more as they consider how educators can focus on issues of social justice in a digital age. Designed for K-12 educators of all content areas.

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Free

Out of the Vault: Valentines and Adoration

February 5 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This event showcases letters and documents of love, adoration and affection from Abelard and Heloise to present day. The event will include a brief history of the valentine and discussion of its popularity.

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Free

Plays in Process

February 6 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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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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Free

Conservation Treatment of the St. Francis Missal: with Catherine Magee C’10

February 7 @ 4:00 pm
Drew University Library’s Learning Center – Room 28,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Hear Cathie Magee C’10 speak about her conservation work at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. The St. Francis Missal is a twelfth century manuscript, and because it is revered by Franciscans worldwide as a constant relic of the saint, it presents particular conservation concerns.

This program has been made possible by support from the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Endowment.

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$50

Drew Forum Presents John Brennan

February 10 @ 7:00 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center,
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
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John O. Brennan is a highly decorated intelligence professional and senior White House official. In this thought-provoking talk, he will draw from his decades of national security experience to offer an insider’s look at the state of political discourse in America.

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$25

Computational Thinking: Paper Folding Saturday Workshop

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Many teachers work to bring the “real world” into the classroom, but “real” doesn’t have to mean utilitarian. It can mean anything that students can touch, make, or imagine. Skills that students develop while learning to fold animals or geometric figures can be used to explore and explain a wide variety of ideas, foster conversations about concepts and provide motivation for developing common language.

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Free

Plays in Process

February 13 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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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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Free

Back to Classes

February 16 @ 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 a cappella groups present their first concert of the semester.

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Free

Drag as an Art Form: with Pissi Myles and David Ayllon

February 19 @ 6:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Pissi Myles (Joseph D’Angio) has been noted as one of the most talented drag queens in the New York area by fans, critics and peers.
Photographer David Ayllon’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the cover of Next Magazine and Rangefinder Magazine.
The discussion will focus on the history and culture of drag, and how it is recognized as an art form. Performance to follow.

Co-sponsored by The Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Women’s Concerns, the History Club, the Art History Club and the Graduate Student Association.

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$25

Computational Thinking: Paper Folding Saturday Workshop

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Many teachers work to bring the “real world” into the classroom, but “real” doesn’t have to mean utilitarian. It can mean anything that students can touch, make, or imagine. Skills that students develop while learning to fold animals or geometric figures can be used to explore and explain a wide variety of ideas, foster conversations about concepts and provide motivation for developing common language.

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$10

New York Semester Production

February 21 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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Free

Music at Noon

February 22 @ 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 mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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$10

New York City Semester Production

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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$60

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: International Collection

February 23 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet combine with Armenian Aram Khachaturian’s colorful clarinet trio and Welshman Huw Watkins’ piano quintet for a truly international flavor. A cast of powerhouse players promises an unforgettable performance.

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$10

New York City Semester Production

February 23 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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Tosca

February 24 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca one of opera’s most breathtaking masterpieces. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers, assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses, joins NJFO. Acted and in costume, Tosca is a gripping tale of love, lust, corruption and the ultimate struggle for survival.

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$25

Computational Thinking: Paper Folding Saturday Workshop

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Many teachers work to bring the “real world” into the classroom, but “real” doesn’t have to mean utilitarian. It can mean anything that students can touch, make, or imagine. Skills that students develop while learning to fold animals or geometric figures can be used to explore and explain a wide variety of ideas, foster conversations about concepts and provide motivation for developing common language.

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Free

Mitchell S. Jackson

February 27 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel, The Residue Years, won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is also the author of the forthcoming memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. Jackson serves on the faculty of New York University.

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Free

The Holocaust and the Human Rights Movement

February 27 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Dr. Hans Morsink, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Drew University, will give a talk based on his new book, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Holocaust: An Endangered Connection. To sustain themselves, social movements need a master text, and The Universal Declaration is the master text of the human rights movement. Because it was born in the shadow of the Holocaust, it has incredible moral power.

Presented by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study at Drew University.

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Free

Plays in Process

February 27 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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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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$32*

Drew Forum Presents Ana Navarro

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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One of the leading Hispanic Republican political voices in the United States, Ana Navarro is a political commentator on CNN, ABC, and Telemundo and is also co-host on The View. She frequently comments on political issues and current affairs in national and international print media and is known for her honest and blunt approach and speaking truth to power.

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March 2019
Free

Plays in Process

March 13 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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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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Free

Music at Noon

March 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 mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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$5

Choral Collage Concert

March 17 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Join the Drew University choirs and student a cappella groups for an evening of excitement that you won’t want to miss! The Drew University Chorale and Choral Union will also present their favorite choral pieces from all time periods and genres. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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Free

Steven Gilbert: Shelter

March 20 - April 24
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This photography exhibit centers on photographer Steven Gilbert’s former home, a farmhouse built before the American Revolution in Chaplin, CT.

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Free

Plays in Process

March 20 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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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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Free

Victor Wooten, Renowned Jazz Bassist

March 20 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Bassist Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy winner and founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, performs solo.

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Free

Senior Recital: Caitlin Shannon, clarinet

March 22 @ 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 Music Department presents the senior recital of Caitlin Shannon, clarinet.

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$35

Rachel Lee Priday, Violin, and Marija Stroke, Piano

March 23 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, widely acclaimed for her “rich, mellifluous sound,” will bring the sounds of Mozart, Debussy, Pärt and Schubert to life. Her tone and imaginative curiosity explores the narratives of each piece, connecting the past to present. Priday will be performing with Steinway artist Marija Stroke, know for her ability to highlight the “stature and substance” of the music she performs.

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Free

All of the Above’s 25th Anniversary Concert

March 24 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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All of the Above celebrates their 25th anniversary with a concert that will bring all three of Drew University’s a cappella groups together.

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Free

Erika L. Sánchez

March 25 @ 6:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Erika L. Sánchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, is a poet, novelist and essayist living in Chicago. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She was recently named a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 27 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 29 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 30 @ 2:00 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 30 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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April 2019
Free

Music at Noon

April 5 @ 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 mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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Free

Senior Recital: Nicolette Boillotat, Soprano

April 5 @ 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 Music Department presents the senior recital of Nicollette Boillotat, voice. Photo credit: Catherine Revelas.

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Free

Senior Recital: Ashlie Sicilia, Soprano

April 6 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew University Music Department presents the senior recital of Ashlie Sicilia, voice.

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$40

Bartók a la Mode

April 7 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Join Maestro Maull and members of The Discovery Orchestra as they traverse Bartók’s delightful Romanian folk dances. Presented by Discovery Orchestra.

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$32*

Drew Forum Presents Governor John Kasich

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Simon Forum,
Simon Forum and Athletic Center, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich offers his reflections on business, government, the history of change—as well as the power of individuals to affect change at the local level.

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Free

Hokusai and Japan in the Floating World: with Tom Silver C’70

April 10 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Tom Silver C’70 will explore the work of Japan’s most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), in the context of his life and times. Mr. Silver showcases print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre. His current focus is Japanese prints of the Edo era, also known as the “Floating World”.

This program has been made possible by support from the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Endowment.

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$10

Spring Dance Show

April 10 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Student choreographers in the choreography class develop dance pieces throughout the semester, culminating in the Spring Dance Show. This year’s theme celebrates the female body.

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$10

Spring Dance Show

April 11 @ 7:30 pm
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 Spring Dance Show. This year’s theme celebrates the female body.

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$10

Spring Dance Show

April 12 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Student choreographers in the choreography class develop dance pieces throughout the semester, culminating in the Spring Dance Show. This year’s theme celebrates the female body.

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Free

Distinctly Bacas: A Senior Jazz Recital

April 12 @ 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 Music Department presents the senior recital of Peter Bacas, saxophone.

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$10

Spring Dance Show

April 13 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Student choreographers in the choreography class develop dance pieces throughout the semester, culminating in the Spring Dance Show. This year’s theme celebrates the female body.

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Free

Jill Spurr Titus Memorial Scholarship Recital

April 13 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Jill Spurr Titus graduated from Drew University in 1989 with a double major in Music and Psychology. She was enrolled as a graduate student at Lesley College in the Creative Arts Therapy Program when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident.

It is the wish and hope of the Music Department, together with Jill’s parents, who have made this scholarship possible, that the memory of Jill and her remarkable spirit may continue here at Drew.

The Jill Spurr Titus Memorial Scholarship pays for student’s lessons and enables them to participate in a chamber music ensemble.

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