Memorabilia in NCT tell dramatic story

first_imgThe New College Theatre has yet to see its first performance, but already the building seems to echo with audience laughter and the pleasant dissonance of a tuning orchestra. In the lobby, one can almost hear a whisper of “break a leg” or the clink of glasses at a postproduction fête rising faintly from the polished wooden floorboards. More than 100 years of theatrical history live on in the New College Theatre, and a special exhibition now on display throughout the building will help to preserve that legacy.From the lobby to the lower lounge, the brand-new building is awash in posters, rehearsal photographs, audition fliers, and commemorative plaques. The images serve as both décor and exhibit — a visual testimony to more than 100 years of Harvard theater.“These images show how historically important the theater arts have been to Harvard students,” explains Matt Weinberg, special projects consultant for the Office for the Arts (OfA) and curator of the exhibit.The exhibit includes material from the late 1880s to the present, and traces the history of Harvard theater from early Hasty Pudding productions to the current Learning From Performers series produced by the Office for the Arts.“There is such a rich tradition of performance at Harvard,” says Richard Brown ’60, who composed the music for the 1960 Hasty Pudding Show “Run for the Money” and helped select materials for display. “When you walk into this exhibit … it brings the past alive.”In one corner of the lobby, a group of 1947 Pudding actors peer intently at a dressing room mirror as they apply costume makeup for the evening’s show. On another wall, actresses from the 1909 Radcliffe Idler Club enact a scene from “The Merchant of Venice.” Next to the box office door, John Lithgow ’67 takes the stage in a production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe.” Nearby, a group of live horses prance across the Harvard Stadium in a 1906 Class Day production of “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus.“Harvard has a unique theatrical history among the world’s universities, and by means of this exhibition it is possible to give some idea of the many traditions and events that have contributed to this history,” says Fredric Wilson, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection in the Houghton Library.The blue-green walls of the lobby not only provide a startling backdrop for the display, but also add their own voice to the narrative of Harvard theater. The color used here, “peacock blue,” is the same as the color used for the walls in 1888. Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the architectural firm handling the reconstruction, scraped through layers of old paint to find and reproduce the original hue.The exhibit continues throughout the building. Near the lounge, a silk-screen poster advertises “The Rockets’ Red Blare,” a 1972 pop opera written by James Yannatos, conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Near the black box rehearsal space, photographs of stage rehearsals dating back to 1939 remind current students that the tradition of long hours and late nights has very deep roots.A large collection of photographs traces the history of the Learning From Performers series, an initiative that allows undergraduates to work closely with luminaries in the arts. From Neil Simon to the Blue Man Group, the photographs demonstrate Harvard’s commitment to providing learning opportunities for young artists.“The New College Theatre encourages student organizations and groups to achieve the highest level of learning and performance, but it also highlights the connection that Harvard has to the wider theatrical community,” Weinberg says.The Harvard Krokodiloes and the Radcliffe Pitches, two of Harvard’s oldest a cappella groups, are also featured in a special display. Both organizations maintain offices in the New College Theatre. Highlights of the display include an image of the Krokodiloes performing with Ella Fitzgerald, and a copy of an original work by Leonard Bernstein ’39 written specially for the Krokodiloes.Most of the images on display are high-quality reproductions of material found in the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Harvard Archives. Jane Knowles, librarian at the Schlesinger Library, provided images from the Radcliffe College Archives.Officers of the Harvard Krokodiloes, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club all contributed original materials or provided counsel on the exhibit.Weinberg, Wilson, and Brown collaborated with a special committee of the Office for the Arts to select the final pieces for display, and Harvard Imaging Services managed the printing process.last_img read more

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Mimosa Monday

first_imgThis week’s column serves up a dish of nostalgiaI remember an NPR show where the guest was asked to name an emotion of a goldfish, and they said nostalgia. I thought yes, they don’t make goldfish bowls like they used to. For those of us with a long lens on the Hamptons, we have a certain nostalgia for our own goldfish bowl.I first arrived here at three weeks old and at the door of our cottage — and I do mean cottage and not Stanford White Shingle Style mansion — there was a cement slab with my and my sister’s small footprints. Whenever I felt lost as I got older, I used to stand on those tiny reminders of a different world.I think how to paint the en plein air canvas of that time. In Sagaponack, the land was simply the land, mostly potato fields and sometimes corn tended by large Polish farming families. When they carved up that land for sale with white outlines from aerial shots, it struck me like chalked crime scene scenarios. The McMansions which rose from the fertile loam didn’t seem to nourish anyone.The Hamptons have always included a large second home population but when it is a beautiful Fourth of July Weekend and your gorgeous beach house is empty without owners, guests, renters or clever squatters, it’s a third or fourth home or possibly an LLC for foreign money. Or perhaps they misinterpreted the open space rule to be within the house instead of between them.The currency back then was trust. We had house accounts everywhere from penny candy at the Sagaponack General Store to Loaves and Fishes to the Seafood Shop. We’d pretty much sign and enjoy then get a staggering large bill in the fall, although thankfully that was before lobster salad was $100 a pound. You could even trade art in a pinch as Jackson Pollock did at Mueller’s Grocery store where Almond Restaurant now stands. Rumor has it they subsequently sold the painting for about $30,000 but you can only imagine what it would be worth now.At The American Hotel, gentlemen were required to wear a jacket and they would only accept cash or a check. The American Hotel was also one of the last hold outs for its no cell phone policy. If a gentleman would show up today in a blue blazer without a cell phone and pay by check today, I would date that guy.The Bridgehampton Commons used to be the Bridgehampton Drive-In where the non-Dolby stereo sound or scratchy picture made no difference. A parent would just pile a bunch of us kids in the back and take us out to watch Fantasia. Our cute golf club had a sign I will never forget that said No Short Shorts or Tube Tops. Of course, all I wanted to do was go roller skate down the driveway in said contraband.It was a time when beach houses weren’t winterized, bonfires did not require permits and basements were basements and not “lower levels.” Sag Harbor was filled with sailboats instead of motor boats. Bobby Van’s, which was across the street from its current location, was filled with writers like Truman Capote, George Plimpton, and James Jones instead of Instagram influencers. And you could get delicious homemade ice cream at the Candy Kitchen. Okay, so that one is still here. If only the black and white milkshake had the same power to heal any of life’s disappointments.There was truly a summer season then and we locals would gather at Sagg Main Beach for Mimosa Monday on Labor Day, which was basically a way to say to the rude New Yorkers, “Don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out.” You’d see everyone here, from the teachers to firemen to that electrician you were trying to hunt down all summer to fix the porch light. There would be some serious hula hooping, body surfing, and “Oh boy can you top this,” stories of summer people behaving badly. It was a local tradition.One year the police shut it down. I totally respect the safety issues but we always had a designated driver, and it was such an end of summer ritual where we all gathered to realize how darn lucky we were to be in this amazing place. Green Juice Monday doesn’t have the same ring or alliteration.Looking back on these times with perhaps nostalgia, is it that it was less crowded, less regulated, less expensive, less painful, less scheduled, more hopeful? Were we in it more all together? Did a basement have to be a media center to make a house a home? Did the goldfish always want a bigger fish bowl with a better view?Maybe it is that we knew what was enough. It didn’t have to be everything. Just a perfect amount of life well lived to be [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Japan set for Asian Cup hockey defense

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The Japan national ice hockey team will play in the Asian Cup early next month in its quest to defend its title at the annual three-nation tournament and qualify for the 2001 World Championship Pool A, the Japan Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday in Tokyo.Japan will play South Korea on Sept. 4 and China on Sept. 6, while China and South Korea will face off on Sept. 5. at Sapporo’s Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Hokkaido. The tournament winner will qualify for next year’s World Championship, slated for April 28-May 15 in Germany.center_img The Japanese team, under the guidance of Steven Ken Tsujiura, will have eight new faces, including Japan’s Under-18 goalie Yutaka Fukufuji of Tohoku High School, in addition to experienced players like forwards Chris Yule and Junji Sakata of the Japan League powerhouse Kokudo. last_img read more

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