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Interviewing MIDSUMMER Director Ed Sobel

​by Jay A. Kimberley Villanova University Theatre is home to some of the most innovative and passionate theatre makers in the Philadelphia area. From the classroom to the stage, students are challenged to perform as both artists and scholars. Driving this call to excellence are professors like director Ed Sobel, who challenge the student body daily…

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A Midsemester Night’s Dream: Zombies and Monsters

“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” As they enter the woods outside of Athens, the characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin to experience events so strange that they become unsure of what is reality and what is…

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A Midsemester Night’s Dream: Virtual Insanity

“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” As they enter the woods outside of Athens, the characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin to experience events so strange that they become unsure of what is reality and what is…

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Orlando: Discovering Who You Are

This week, Orlando dramaturg Ilia Campbell shares her thoughts and ruminations on Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of this Virginia Woolf masterpiece: One of the reasons I love Orlando is the way in which the piece centers on Orlando’s search for identity throughout the narrative. Orlando struggles with feelings of depression, listlessness, and anxiety throughout the play,…

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Orlando: The Penalties and Privileges of our Positions

As a woman, do you find that people will happily hold doors open for you? As a man, do you find yourself holding back tears for fear of judgement? As a non-binary person, do you find people struggling to view you outside of society’s historically binary view of gender? Orlando experiences the penalties and privileges…

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Spill the Tea: Earnest Confessions- Week 3

Have you ever had to keep something hush-hush? Maybe you backed into a car in a parking lot and drove away, or stole your sister’s snack and blamed it on the dog. The ladies and gentlemen in The Importance of Being Earnest know all about secret keeping. Jack has a secret life in town, Algernon…

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Spill the Tea: Earnest Confessions- Week 2

Have you ever had to keep something hush-hush? Maybe you backed into a car in a parking lot and drove away, or stole your sister’s snack and blamed it on the dog. The ladies and gentlemen in The Importance of Being Earnest know all about secret keeping. Jack has a secret life in town, Algernon…

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Spill the Tea: Earnest Confessions- Week 1

Have you ever had to keep something hush-hush? Maybe you backed into a car in a parking lot and drove away, or stole your sister’s snack and blamed it on the dog. The ladies and gentlemen in The Importance of Being Earnest know all about secret keeping. Jack has a secret life in town, Algernon pretends to be Ernest in the country, and Miss Prism keeps a secret big enough to shake up the whole play!

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Coming-of-Age Canon: Jay V.

Formative Stories from the YOUTH Group Formative Inspiration (book/movie/song, etc)Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse What about it struck you?Siddhartha’s journey and his ultimate return to the river in the woods reminds me that we all have a journey we have to take, and we all carry love in our hearts. How has it informed your development…

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Coming-Of-Age Canon: Harry Dietrich

Formative stories from the YOUTH group NAME Harry Dietrich FORMATIVE INSPIRATION (book/movie/song, etc) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer What about it struck you? Into The Wild was a book that I had stumbled upon without knowing much about it beforehand. It was one of those “pick a book from this list” assignments, and I…

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