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SPRING 2017


WELCOME TO


Spring is always a busy and exciting time at Babson, and this spring brings a jam-packed schedule of events and exhibitions that will engage and entertain, inspire and delight.

artist Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni are just a few of the many acclaimed artists coming to campus this winter and spring whose work will stimulate our thinking on these important matters.

We’re thrilled to welcome the Grammy Awardwinning composer and musician Maria Schneider for a four-day residency that includes workshops and master classes, a conversation about the business of music, and a concert — all organized in collaboration with our colleagues at Wellesley and Olin Colleges.

And there’s more — lots more — in visual arts

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson’s theater-in-residence, presents a world premiere of a new play, Our American Hamlet, which takes place in the aftermath of the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865. Babson, with its emphasis on innovation and creativity, provides a natural setting for the creation and development of new work, and we’re pleased to bring this to our community. Babson’s focus on critical issues of the day is personal identity, and war. Street artist Pat Falco, writer Thomas Chatterton Williams, and theater

cover: Pat Falco

performances by some of our talented students. Please take a few moments to review what we have in store this spring, and plan to join us! All the best, Steven Maler, Director Sandra Graham, Faculty Director Adam Sanders, Associate Director Danielle Krcmar, Associate Director, Visual Arts Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts

Support for BabsonARTS programs has been made possible through the generosity of Richard W. Sorenson M’68 P ’97 ’00 and Sandra L. Sorenson P ’97 ’00

Events marked with a $ have an admission charge. All other events are FREE.


Cast: New Work by Pat Falco Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, February 2, 5:00 P.M. Exhibit on view: February 2–March 30 Hollister Gallery A keen observer of the world around him, Pat Falco uses a street art graphic drawing style and wit on both social and personal issues. He chooses mis-tinted paints and found objects for his art surfaces, because, as he says, “I’d like not to make more waste than is already here.” Consumer culture, interpersonal relationships, the art world, our current political climate,

of the themes where he mines incongruities for humor and pathos.


Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day: Thomas Chatterton Williams Wednesday, February 15, 5:00 P.M. Reception to follow at 6:30 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater The 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day continues conversations about Dr. King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace, and recognizes students and faculty through leadership and creativity awards. This year’s keynote speaker, Thomas Chatterton Williams, is the author of the memoir Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd (2010). Most recently, his work has been featured in Best American Travel Writing 2016 and The Best American Essays 2016. He lives in Paris.


Improvaganza! They’re back! Improv troupe SAG (Students Against Gravity) is performing monthly in the Grille Room at Roger’s Pub this spring. You never know what to expect — besides hilarity — and audience participation is comedian and professional actor Larry Coen. This charity, and audience members are asked to bring an item for donation.

One Drop of Love

Friday, February 17, 9:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater

Bring a pair of new socks (men’s, women’s, children’s).

This extraordinary one-woman show, written and performed

Friday, March 31, 9:00 P.M.

photographs, and animation to tell the story of how the notion of race came to be in the United States and how it affects our most intimate relationships. A moving memoir, One Drop of Love takes audiences from the 1700s to the present, to cities all over the US, and to West and East Africa, where Fanshen and her father spent time in search of their

toiletries.

Friday, April 28, 9:00 P.M. school supplies, diapers, toiletries, new clothing for ages 0 to 12. Presented by TEST (The Empty Space Theater)

Presented by the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and History & Science


Maria Schneider in Residence: A Babson/ Olin/Wellesley Initiative Various locations, March 7–10 $ Free for students; others may purchase tickets at babsonarts.org “Maria Schneider is a national treasure.” —National Public Radio Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization. She is known for her personal way of writing for her 18-member instrumental collective, tailoring her compositions to highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. Her music blurs the lines between genres, giving her a long and diverse list of commissioners, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to David Bowie. She is among the very few musicians to have received Grammy Awards in multiple genres.


Schneider is not only an award-winning composer and instrumentalist but an innovative business entrepreneur and music rights advocate. Her ArtistsShare Commission Project allows investors to step inside the world of musical composition, from the germ of an idea to a fully realized piece of music. A strong voice for music advocacy, her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights, and music piracy are frequently quoted in the media. Generously supported in part by a Babson/Olin/ Wellesley Presidential Innovation Grant; BabsonARTS, and the following Wellesley College sources: the Wellesley College Music Department, the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund

Jazz Clinics

Arts & Business Conversation

Tuesday, March 7, 5:00–8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 8, 5:00–8:00 P.M. Thursday, March 9, 5:00–8:00 P.M. Wellesley College Open to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students only.

Friday, March 10, 12:30 P.M. Sorenson Black Box Schneider discusses her ArtistsShare project, advocacy, and life as an entrepreneur.

Maria Schneider Orchestra in Concert Midday Muse Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 P.M. Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College Lecture-demonstration, discussion, Q&A

Friday, March 10, 7:30 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater The residency concludes with a concert by the Maria Schneider Orchestra.


Image to be provided by Babson


Our American Hamlet A World Premiere by Jake Broder Directed by Steven Maler March 23–26 and March 29–April 2 Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater The year was 1866, less than a year after President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. His brother Edwin Booth, one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century, decided to perform Hamlet on Broadway, a role he had performed in the past to great acclaim. A huge crowd turned up for the performance — but it wasn’t clear whether they were there to see the actor perform, or to exact their revenge. Jacob Fishel (pictured), an actor with a wide-ranging career on television and on and off Broadway, takes on the role of Booth. $ Visit babsonarts.org for ticket pricing and purchase; selected performances free for students. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


Mustang Directed by Deniz Gamze ErgĂźven, 2015 Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. Carling-Sorenson Theater Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Mustang takes place in a village in northern Turkey where the set off a series of dire consequences. The girls are pulled from school, and the family home is turned into a sort of prison where the sisters are trained to become dutiful and submissive wives. But as this deeply moving story unfolds, their passionate spirits cannot to break free of their constraints. Presented by the Global Film Series


Babson Music Collective Spring Concert Monday, April 3, 7:30 P.M. Sorenson Black Box The Babson Music Collective is a group of talented students who play a mix of jazz, pop, and rock under the direction of trombonist Clayton DeWalt. You may have heard them at Roger’s Pub or at other campus outing of the year.


Brian Turner: Poetry Reading Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.” Presented by the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series


Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater Although the struggle for England’s throne was never simple, the kingdom lasted for over a millennium before the sovereignty passed outside a direct familial line. But when an inept ruler — indecisive, frivolous and vain — angered the established nobility, one man interceded in the transition of power and sparked a civil war that would last 86 years. Shakespeare & Leadership features a staged reading of excerpts from the play, performed by leaders from the business community, students, and professional actors. The reading is followed by a panel discussion in which the participants address leadership questions and themes raised in the text. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


From Root to Sky: Sachiko Akiyama Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 P.M. Exhibit on View: April 5–May 19 Hollister Gallery Sachiko Akiyama’s work brings together artistic medieval Christian woodcarvings, and contemporary sculptors with the artist’s personal experiences and Japanese heritage, notably Japanese fairy tales. Her carvings convey a sense of centeredness and direct connections to nature that open the door to creation mythologies and other mystical possibilities.

meaning in our lives and meet the challenges of our surroundings.


Nicholas Baume

Storying Our Selves

Arts & Business Conversation Friday, April 14, 12:30 P.M. Sorenson Theater Upper Lobby

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 P.M. Friday, April 21, 7:00 P.M. Sorenson Black Box

Nicholas Baume is the Director and Chief Curator of the Public Art Fund, which mounts free exhibitions of contemporary art in New York and other cities. Previously he was the Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. During his tenure at the ICA, he directed the expansion of the museum’s artistic program, including the transition into its award-winning new building and founding of its permanent collection.

One person. One story. One stage. Storying Our Selves is a production of original solo performance work written and performed by Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students. As one of the oldest art forms, with deep historical roots in America and beyond, solo performance is an intimate and exhilarating experience for performer and audience alike. This performance is the capstone project of the Babson/Olin/Wellesley course “Constructing and Performing the Self,” taught by Babson Professor Beth Wynstra and Olin Professor Jon Adler. Presented by TEST (The Empty Space Theater)


Beckett in Brief Three short plays by Samuel Beckett Directed by James Seymour Featuring Will Lyman April 27–30 and May 3–7 Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M. Sorenson Black Box Among Beckett’s most autobiographical works, Rough for Radio II, The Old Tune, and Krapp’s Last Tape explore universal questions of creativity, memory, aging, sex, friendship, and the proximity of death. These plays from his mid-career are traditionally viewed as individual statements, but the three provide a wealth of impressions when placed in conversation with one another, giving us a better understanding of the legendary playwright’s intellect, passion, and temperament. This production features Will Lyman (pictured), familiar to Boston audiences for his many roles at CSC and other theaters, and his decades of narrating Frontline on PBS. $ Visit babsonarts.org for ticket pricing and purchase; selected performances free for students Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare Directed by Adam Sanders Saturday, May 13, 7:00 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater Rome’s most powerful citizens plot the assassination of the city’s ruler, Julius Caesar, to save the republic and prevent the establishment of a monarchy. In the wake of their bloody deed, though, the city must confront the consequences of their political idealism, and the true rationale behind their actions. What underlying motivations will be revealed? Honor? Greed? Patriotism? Ambition? Julius Caesar offers a timely perspective on the rhetoric of political leaders and its scrutiny by the citizens they govern. $ Visit babsonarts.org for ticket pricing and purchase. This production is part of CSC’s “Stage 2” series for young audiences, and features the CSC2 roster of early-career actors. In addition to this public performance, CSC is offering six weekday matinee performances May 8–16 for students from area middle and high schools. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare Directed by Saheem Ali July 19–August 6 Babson Night TBA Boston Common The classic tale of star-crossed lovers comes to life in Commonwealth Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet on Boston Common this summer. Babson College’s theater-inresidence has been performing free Shakespeare on Boston Common every summer since 1996. The Babson community and alumni are invited to attend a “Babson Night” performance, with a special reserved seating section. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare to a wider public in vital and contemporary productions and to exploring classic plays in innovative and creative ways. Founded by Steven Maler in 1996, the company also presents additional events throughout the year, such as Theater-in-the-Rough and Shakespeare & Leadership, and conducts training and apprenticeship programs for preprofessional and early-career actors. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


STUDENT PERFORMANCES Babson students have many opportunities to participate in the arts! These are just a few of the student-led groups on campus: AMAN: South Asian Student Association BDE: Babson Dance Ensemble Babson Players Rocket Pitches a cappella group

For more information on how to get involved with these activities and for a schedule of performances, visit www.babsonarts.org.


WORKSHOPS BabsonARTS workshops give participants the opportunity to explore their own creativity and build important visual and communication skills. Visit babsonarts.org for more information on these and other workshops.

Improvisation Workshops Wednesdays 7:00 P.M. February 1, February 15, March 1 Sorenson Black Box Theater Award-winning Boston actor Larry Coen coaches students in thinking creatively in unscripted settings. Students who attend are welcome to join SAG (Students Against Gravity), The Empty Space Theater’s improv troupe.


Figure Drawing

Wire Sculpture

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 P.M. Trim Hall, Room 215

Thursday, March 9, 5:00 P.M. Trim Hall, Room 215

live model. Students will develop a basic understanding space. This workshop is open to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, staff and faculty; no prior drawing experience is required. All materials will be provided.

Learn how to “draw� in three dimensions by using wire, and explore this everyday material for art-making. This workshop is open to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, staff and faculty; no prior experience is required. All materials will be provided.


SORENSON SCHOLARS The Sorenson Scholars Program gives students with exceptional artistic talent and potential a chance to develop their abilities through their four years at Babson. The program is centered on peer feedback and staff-guided mentorship that pushes student-artists to develop not just as producers of art, but also as thinkers and audience members.

image: Sorenson Scholar Matt Hard ’17


PLAN YOUR VISIT BabsonARTS events take place on the picturesque campus of Babson College, an independent college located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Babson is a recognized national and international leader in entrepreneurship education, blending innovative, integrated, and applied business and liberal arts programs with curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.


JOIN US For more information or to reserve tickets to BabsonARTS events, go to www.babsonarts.org or call 781-239-5660. All events and exhibitions are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Events marked with a $ require an admission charge. Other events are free of charge, but reservations are recommended.

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The Babson community is also welcome to attend arts and cultural offerings at Wellesley College. For a listing of exhibitions and events, or to be added to their mailing list for upcoming programs, go to www.wellesley.edu/events/artevents. Note that all dates, programs, artists, and venues are subject to change. Please go to www.babsonarts.org for the most current information on these and other arts events.


SPRING 2017 AT A GLANCE February 2–March 30

March 28

Mustang

Nicholas Baume

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Improvaganza!

Storying Our Selves

Improvaganza!

Babson Music Collective Spring Concert

Improvaganza!

Cast: Pat Falco

February 15

February 17

One Drop of Love March 1

Maria Schneider in Residence March 7–10

Our American Hamlet March 23–April 2

March 31

April 3

Brian Turner: Poetry Reading April 4

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II April 5

From Root to Sky: Sachiko Akiyama April 5–May 19

April 14

April 20–21

April 28

Beckett in Brief April 27–May 7

Julius Caesar May 13

Romeo & Juliet on Boston Common July 19–August 6 Babson Night TBA


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