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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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New York, New York: A Spring Theater Weekend

April 10-12, 2015

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"Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art." So advised actor, director, and famed acting teacher Konstantin Stanislavski.

We will explore the correspondence between art on stage and within ourselves as we enjoy three of the best new productions on and off Broadway.

Honing our understanding of the art of theater and the historical and thematic contexts of the plays we'll see will be CAU superstar Glenn Altschuler, whose enduring interest in contemporary American theater will be clear in his skillful lectures and our lively discussions.

We will begin with an afternoon session at the Cornell Club, followed by dinner and an evening performance. On the following two days, we'll meet in the morning for a lecture and discussion, enjoy lunch together, and attend a Saturday evening performance and a Sunday matinee. We'll immerse ourselves in the liveliest of the arts in spirited New York.

The program fee includes everything but hotel, breakfasts, and Saturday night dinner. Make reservations at the Cornell Club if you're a member, or choose a hotel, a friend's couch, or your very own bed. Reserve your space with a deposit and make final payment for the program after Glenn selects the plays.

Glenn C. Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. His and Isaac Kramnick's Cornell: A History, 1940-2015 was published in the fall of 2014

April play selections

The Audience
The Audience is Peter Morgan's play about the very private—and exceptionally revealing—weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth and her prime ministers, from Churchill to Cameron, throughout her sixty-year reign. Directed by Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry, this production stars the incomparable Helen Mirren as Elizabeth, as well as much of the cast of the record-breaking London production.
Skylight is David Hare's play about the meeting of two former lovers: schoolteacher Kyra, played by Carey Mulligan, and restaurateur Tom, played by Bill Nighy. New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley praised the London production, which also starred Nighy and Mulligan, as "laser-sharp" and as "one of the most intelligently sentimental love stories of our time."
Fun Home
Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Based on Alison Bechdel's much-praised memoir, the musical features lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. A coming-of-age story, Fun Home follows Alison as she works through her inchoate sexuality and attempts to understand the significance of her father's life and death.

Program notes

  • Program charge: $1,689 per person
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  • Fitness scale: Easy. Walking is generally over level ground for short distances. May require ability to climb stairs or to stand for periods of time.