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OPERA:  WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU
Story & Music by Nkeiru Okoye
Libretto by David Cote
Directed by Scott Skiba
Friday, February 3, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Join us for the Midwest premiere of the hilarious new musical comedy set in Ancient Greece.

This mock-historical comedy explores the battle-of-the-sexes through a farcical lens and social commentary that challenges today's "hooking up" culture. Loosely inspired by Greek myth, and set in ancient times, "We've Got Our Eye on You" delivers a humorous but uplifting message about giving in to desire prematurely.

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STOP KISS
By Diana Son
Directed by Rachel Gold
Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 12, 2 p.m.
Loomis Acting Studio, Room 177

A simple kiss and a random act of violence: "Stop Kiss" follows Callie and Sara in their budding friendship that develops into a deeper bond. These courageous New Yorkers discover the price to their love and wonder if the outcome is worth the journey.

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FYOO ZH EN '23:  SUMAGSISA, BEAUTIFUL FLOWER
Directed by Sara Whale
Choreography by Leslie Bell, Max Laskar, Sara Whale
Wednesday-Saturday, February 22-25, 7:30 p.m.

Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Choreographers use movement to explore and illustrate Dr. Karen Barahona's research on the indigenous women from the Chilcatotora community in Ecuador and their ingenuity and drive to create opporunities for themselves and their families, while honoring and preserving Mother Earth. 

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REINHOLD AND MARGARET KADER MEMORIAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE & BURRELL MEMORIAL OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE
The James Webb Telescope
Cameron Seidl, NASA Engineer
Friday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Cameron Seidl, an Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, will present a lecture on the James Webb Telescope. Not only were the engineering challenges far beyond that of Hubble, but its location in space also precludes any chance at a service mission. As the largest optical telescope in space, its high resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too old, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. This will enable investigations across many fields of astronomy and cosmology, such as observation of the first stars, the formation of the first galaxies, and detailed atmospheric characterization of potentially habitable exoplanets.

After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting.

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CRIMES OF THE HEART
by Beth Henley
Directed by Martin Friedman
Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.

Loomis Acting Studio, Room 177

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley centers on three sisters in Hazelhurst, Mississippi navigating their survival in the 1970's. Abandoned by their father, an act which subsequently leads to their mother's suicide, the play is a great character study of women that discover that men are superfluous to their ultimate success in the world.

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THE BURIAL AT THEBES
An adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney
Directed by Keira MacDonald
Wednesday-Saturday, March 29-April 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The Burial at Thebes
by Seamus Haney is a re-telling of the story/myth of Antigone.  Caught between divine principles and human laws, Antigone must face doing what she believes is a right and suffers at the ultimate consequence.  Everyone in her family circle is affected by her choices as she defies the orders of her uncle, the King.  Burial at Thebes presents a dysfunctional family in crisis and the aftermath that comes with pride, gender inequality and the threat of tyranny.

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MUSIC THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Music Directed by Matt Webb
Choreography by Greg Daniels
Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

BW Music Theatre seniors present their 50-minute New York showcase.

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"THE GOODS IN EVERYDAY LOVE: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES"
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Monday, April 3, 7 pm

Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The 26th Annual Kathryn Grover Harrington & Robert A. Harrington Distinguished Lecture Series; The BW Department of Psychology presents an evening with Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., who will give a talk titled “The Goods in Everyday Love: Implications for Individuals and Communities”

Dr. Fredrickson directs the Social Psychology Doctoral Program and the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is most known for her "Broaden-and-Build Theory" of positive emotions, foundational within affective science and positive psychology for building a blueprint for how pleasant emotional states, as fleeting as they are, contribute to people's resilience, wellbeing, and health. Dr. Fredrickson has published 140 peer-reviewed articles and her books, Positivity (2009) and Love 2.0 (2013) have been widely translated. In 2017, she received the Tang Prize for Achievement in Psychology, which recognizes exceptional career contributions to the well-being of humanity.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by René Copeland
Wednesday-Saturday, April 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The Importance of Being Earnest, a satirical comedy of manners, is one of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, and for good reason.  The characters are ridiculous, the plot is full of misunderstandings and mistaken identities, and through it all Algernon and Jack try to find true love while shooting barbs at the pompous and rigid Victorian society in which they find themselves.  Written by a man who initially made a name for himself merely for being outrageously witty, the language of the play is a delightful, hilarious confection with unxpected turns.  But as Miss Prism says, "The good end happily, and the bad unhappily.  That is what Fiction means."

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BACH FESTIVAL:  BW ALUMNI BRUNCH
Saturday, April 22, 10:30am

Fynette Kulas Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center

Get your favorite Bach Festival stories ready! BW alumni are invited to gather and reconnect during the 91st annual Bach Festival. Join us for brunch, fellowship and Conservatory updates.

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BAROQUE DANCE WORKSHOP
Qin Ying Tan, baroque dancer & harpsichordist
Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m.

Fynette Kulas Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center

Join us as we learn the noble dances of the 18th century courts! We will explore the physical rhetoric of these dances through learning of basic steps with Baroque dancer and harpsichordist, Qin Ying Tan. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and soft dance shoes or socks for ease of movement. Free, but ticket required to participate. Observers welcome.

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BACH FESTIVAL:  ALL CONSERVATORY BRUNCH
Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.

Strosacker Hall Ballroom

Current Conseratory students and parents, and Conservatory faculty and staff are invited to gather for a family meal in celebration of all things Bach. 

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DANCEWORKS-IN-PROGRESS
Directed by Sara Whale
Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m.

Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Join BW faculty and student choreographers and dancers to see what they've been cooking up in the studio!  Immediately followed by a feedback session where you can share your impressions with the artists and help nuture fresh perspective and insight as they return to the 'lab' to edit and improve their work.

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BW BEATLES PRESENTS 
"REVOLVER"

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

"The oldest collegiate Beatles Festival" is a tribute to the Fab Four conceived with a wink and a nod to the BW Bach Festival.

BW students direct and produce this high-energy performance of the classic Beatles album "Revolver."

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10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Directed by Advanced Directing Class
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

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