Babson College business analytics professor Rick Cleary shares his thoughts on the Patriots’ prospects for winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Another Word for Body: Paintings by Coral Woodbury
Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, February 8, 5pm
Exhibit on View: February 8 – March 16
Hollister Gallery, Babson College
Coral Woodbury’s paintings explore the ephemerality of both corporeality and memory, yet celebrate the immortal force of human bonds through remembrance. The artist uses the imagery of the palimpsest: an ancient parchment manuscript whose writing has been scraped away to make way for new writing yet still shows traces of the original, melding time and thought into a multilayered record. With pieces selected from across multiple bodies of work, this exhibition is constructed as an examination of how memory can preserve and heal.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company announces the first staged production of its 2017-18 Winter/Spring Season, Ariel Dorfman’s shattering drama Death and the Maiden, directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler at the Sandra L. Sorenson Black Box, Sorenson Center, Babson College, 231 Forest Street in Wellesley, MA.
In this powerful political drama and psychological thriller, a former political prisoner finds herself face to face with the man she believes was her captor. Set in an unnamed country that is, like the author’s native Chile, emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after-effects of repression on hearts and souls. This white-knuckle thriller is a riveting intellectual and emotional tug of war.
The cast includes Flora Diaz as Paulina Salas, Mickey Solis as Gerardo Escobar, Mark Torres as Roberto Miranda. Set and costume design is by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Adelberg, and sound design by Arshan Gailus.
Performance dates: January 30, 31, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm; February 4 and 11 at 3pm
Single Ticket prices: $40; $36 for Seniors (65+); $15 for Babson faculty/staff and non-Babson students; $5 for Babson students
Wellesley’s 3R Working Group — which consists of representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Sustainable Energy Committee, and the Natural Resources Commission — has united with the Environmental Protection Agency/New England and the Cambridge-based non-profit Food For Free to develop a collaborative food rescue initiative with vendors that provide food service at local school K-12 schools and universities. Food rescue refers to repacking leftover food, such as from school lunches, for those in need, including people living in shelters or receiving Meals on Wheels.
Program participants include Wellesley Public Schools, Babson College, Bentley University, Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College. More than 4,000 pounds of food have been donated since September from Bentley, Olin and Wellesley Middle School; the program was rolled out in the other schools in recent weeks. Other local organizations with serviceable leftover food will be encouraged to join, too.
One of side benefit that stems from food waste donation programs, according to the EPA, is that organizations that donate food see new opportunities for reducing leftovers. The donation process creates an informational feedback loop for waste generators that reduces both
their wasted food, and their food waste removal costs.
As the 3R Working Group recruited local colleges for this program, conversations with MassBay Community College, located in Wellesley, revealed that 52% of the students surveyed there indicated they were insecure about food. Food For Free is now working with MassBay to develop a program for these students to receive food from the Food For Free Family Meals program.
For more information, go to https://wellesleyma.gov/811/4282/Waste-Wise-Wellesley or contact Marybeth Martello, Administrator, Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee at [email protected] or 781-431-1019 x2229.
Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub was in town last night to take part in a theater-in-the-rough performance at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, in residence at Babson College, at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. Best known for his television work on Monks and Wings, Shalhoub has also appeared on the big screen in Spy Kids, Big Night, Men in Black, Cars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somehow he squeezed in the BabsonArts reading of Fear and Misery in the Third Reich even though he is currently starring in The Band’s Visit on Broadway.
The crowd for the sold-out reading, presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes, didn’t seem to mind when director Steven Maler came onstage to tell us that Shalhoub had literally just arrived for the 7pm show at 7pm and would therefore need a minute or two to collect himself after the long trip from New York City. Mahler asked us to consider the insane schedule Shalhoub has been keeping and said, “Whatever you do, just love him.”
The cold and rainy weather outside was itself a study in fear and misery, and the theater was warm and comfortable, so everyone just settled in to wait for a couple of minutes. Once the performance began, it was off to a world of 1930s Germany in a series of eighteen playlets, sort of a study of life in German homes as Adolph Hitler and the Nazis came to power. Playwright Bertolt Brecht, who wrote the work while in exile in Denmark, showed a time of betrayal; eavesdropping parlor maids impressed with tall, strong, SA officers; trickery; and political divisions even within households.
The fourteen cast members, seven of them members of Actor’s Equity Association, were placed on an almost bare stage, where they brought the audience to concentration camps; kitchen tables in tenements; factories filled with “satisfied” workers; and to a university science department where PhDs didn’t dare utter the name “Einstein.” Husbands and wives find out unsettling truths that lurk below the surface of their everyday interactions, and parents and children live in a time of strange family power imbalances. A screen behind them showed a black and white historical-looking picture of each setting.
It was a time when gossip could either gain you an advantage or get you killed. If your child’s favorite extracurricular activity was suddenly Hitler Youth, well then it became your favorite extracurricular activity for your child. If you were a farmer, you either secretly hated the government for forcing you to starve your animals or were rather pleased with it for sending you that innocent young girl from the Hitler Youth program for some nice, fresh, country air. So innocent. So young.
But my imagination runs away with me, which is rather the point of this script-in-hand, rough, barely rehearsed sort of performance. It’s sort of an invitation to be as in the moment with the story as the actors are, and it’s a bit of an insider’s look at the process, warts and wonders and all.
There was mostly wonder, and only a few warts mostly in terms of the length of the performance. If the subject matter seems a wart to you, well you can’t say the title doesn’t give fair warning. However, if you went to see actors immersed in their craft, then you were in the right place.
The after party:
Johnny Lee Davenport*
Steven Maler* (Director)
* denotes Actor’s Equity Association member
Victoria Townsend, Assistant Director
Tyler Prendergast, Projection Designer
Jennifer Shubitowski, Rehearsal Assistant
Sarah Vasilevsky, Rehearsal Assistant