Last night, Thursday March 6, the 3Ps Spring Major “How I Learned to Drive” opened in Balch Arena Theatre. Tickets are still on sale at the box office in Aidekman for performances tonight and Saturday night.
IN NEWS: Nine Tufts students were arrested alongside 389 others in Washington, D.C., on Sunday as they protested the Keystone XL pipeline.
IN FEATURES: Tufts University ranked ninth among top medium-sized schools that produce Peace Corps volunteers, up from 15th in 2013. Twenty-four of Tufts’ undergraduate alumni are currently serving abroad with the program.
IN ARTS: Pen, Paint & Pretzels’ spring major production, “How I Learned to Drive,” opens tonight in Balch Arena Theater.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Yesterday, the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT Reasoning Test to over one million college-bound high schoolers each year, announced a dramatic overhaul of the test’s content, scoring and format.
IN SPORTS: The men’s basketball team lost to Williams by 10 points in overtime, ending the season one free throw away from an upset.
Pen, Paint, and Pretzels presents: The 39 Steps
Directed by: Natalie Girshman A’16
IN NEWS: Mary Pat McMahon, currently the associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, will become Tufts’ new dean of student affairs on April 1.
IN FEATURES: The Tufts Wellness Center opened last year to provide free health services and consultations to university employees. Founded last May, the center partners with Marathon Health, a company that works with employers to provide affordable healthcare for their staff.
IN ARTS: If you are in the mood for a good laugh tonight, you should consider heading down to Balch Arena Theater for the opening night of “The 39 Steps.”
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: A discussion of the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona.
IN SPORTS: The women’s squash team this past weekend earned the third spot in the D Division and a No. 27 national ranking, after Tufts beat William Smith College in the consolation round of the CSA Team Championships in Princeton, N.J.
Pen, Paint and Pretzels presents: Katabasis
Directed by: Tori Otten A’16
Written By: Kellyn Henthorn A’16
This past Friday, I walked into the Balch Arena Theater with a rather jovial mood and a bright and sunny outlook on life. I left the theater, however, wallowing in some uninvited sadness and trying to understand how in a mere two hours, my entire disposition had changed.
Eurydice, written by Sarah Ruhl, is a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy, depicting the love-struck Orpheus’ sorrow alongside the struggle of his deceased wife (for whom the play is named) to come to terms with her own demise. As with any adaptation, there are some differences between the original tale and what the contemporary audience sees on stage. While the Greek myth focuses on Orpheus’ musical redemption, Ruhl’s production puts Eurydice under the magnifying glass, trying to understand the time she spends in the underworld and how to retain what seems lost.
3Ps took on this ambitious script for the major fall production, which ran from November 14-16. Even though Greek theatre is no small performance feat, the cast and crew of Eurydice made their production organic and accessible. From the tearfully read letters to the actual running water on stage, 3Ps married the historical legend and the raw grievance that has transcended the centuries.
I had seen a production of this same play a few years prior, so although I had a smile plastered across my face when I sat down in my seat, I prepared myself for the eventual emotional downturn I’d experience during the performance. I thought that, because I knew the arc of the plot and had studied the show before, I would not be as affected by it as I was the first time.
I was sorely mistaken.
There were a few tears shed throughout the evening as the themes of family, love, and loss all plucked at particular memories for me. However, I wasn’t alone in my somber mood. When the house lights finally rose at the end of the show, I saw a few hands wiping eyes even throughout the well-deserved applause. When the Greeks say that a story is a tragedy, they certainly are not lying.
Even though I left the show feeling far too many things at once, I was reminded why theatre is great even when it revives unwanted sentiments. Eurydice is a fine theatrical specimen in which the ending is completely undesirable and it angers you because you care so much about the characters and their stories that you forget, for a moment, the memories that the plot triggers in your own head.
Bravo, to the cast and crew for a night of truly beautiful theatre.
Photos from the 7pm performance of The First year Show, Lend Me a Tenor, in the Balch Arena Theater.
Have you still got a little child in you? Still looking for something to do this weekend? Then check out 3P’s production of ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ – although get your tickets fast because Saturday night’s show has already sold out and Friday and Saturday are on their way to!
Tickets are available at the Balch Arena Box office for the 8PM performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including standing room tickets on the day of each performance.
The 3P’s workshop production, ‘tempODYSSEY’ premieres tonight and tonight only in the Balch Arena Theater at 7PM and 9PM. The show about Seattle, black-holes, and escaping one’s past is “one any college student can relate to” according to senior Lindsay Carpenter, the play’s director. Get a sneak peak of the show here: