Quick Center for the Arts - Season Brochure Spring 2022

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PARTNERS OF THE QUICK The Quick Center for the Arts is deeply grateful to the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their generous support of this season’s artistic and arts education programs.


PARTNER ($10,000+)

LEADER ($5,000–$9,999)


PATRON ($3,000–$4,999)

ALLY ($1,000–$2,999)




QUICK CENTER ADVISORY BOARD As part of the strategic vision of the Quick Center, our aim is to develop and recruit an advisory board to further enhance the strategic development of the Quick. If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Peter Van Heerden, executive director, at 203-254-4242. Robyn Drucker Orin Grossman Patricia Hammalian

Gail M. Harris Michael Loeb Suzanne Nemec

Charlie Rocco Dave Yearwood Anne-Marie Ziegler

As of publication November 1, 2021. A full list of sponsors is available at Quickcenter.com


write this letter from a place of joy and excitement. The time has come for us to welcome you back to the real show. Your seat has been patiently waiting for you. It has been a wild and tumultuous ride, one that has caused much pain, sadness, and upheaval in all our lives. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all those who have suffered during these times — we wish you strength and fortitude for the present and your future. On the Quick stage last week, I looked at our technical director and said: this stage needs some action, some movement, some music. Theatres need and want that presence of bodies, instruments, voices; they want audiences clapping, laughing, communing in the wonder of the live performance; that time has come. We have been privileged and honored over these dark 20 months to offer more than 230 virtual programs on The Quick Live, as well as hosting the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bubble Residency for three months for the creation of Nora Chipaumire’s opera, NEHANDA, and the return of our summer camps to packed houses. We have been busy, alive, and active — but we have been missing one key ingredient — YOU, OUR beloved audience. So, it is with joy and excitement that we present to you a season of your favorites — live, on-stage, at the Quick — and as a special return-to-your-seat gift: ALL TICKETS are $30, for Members, just $15. I guarantee you, there is no place in the country where you can see John Pizzarelli, Ballet Folklórico de México, Circa, David Brooks, the Russian National Ballet, or any of the incredible programs on offer, at this ticket price. Our manifesto for the spring is: Help US – Help YOU. We have combined our endof-year appeal with the release of our brochure, and so are making only one ask of you this holiday season. YOUR support is vital at this time, and is of the utmost importance and value to US. Your support ensures we not only return to strength, but can plan for vibrant future seasons. We encourage you to make use of the red envelope insert and donation tear-off, to support our programming and end-of-year appeal. Help US – Help YOU bring the arts alive in our community. So, buckle up folks, select your shows, buy your tickets and let’s bring live performance back to the Quick with wild ululations. The wait is over — we will see you soon. Have a wondrous holiday season while you get ready to take your seat for the real show at the Quick this spring. Sincerely,

Peter Van Heerden Executive Director



Thank you to our Quick Center MEMBERSHIP PRINCIPAL $2,500+ John Gregoli Orin Grossman and Jane Sutherland Donald S. and Patricia M. Hammalian Michael Loeb and Adria Belport Toby and Emil Meshberg Deborah Murtaugh Mark and Suzy Nemec Saul and Anne Pollack Mary Quick Thomas C. Quick David Yearwood Anne-Marie Ziegler DEVOTEE $1,000–$2,499 Jill and Laszlo Birinyi Fiona Garland Thomas M. Graham Louise, Jesse, and Sefra Levin Neugebauer Family Marty Resnick Maureen Elizabeth Sheehan Kristene Snajder ’86 Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Gerald Rosenberg FRIEND $500–$999 Anonymous Molly Alger and Jay Dirnberger Maggy and Jose Anstey Warren and Pegge Axline Fay and Norman Burger Mr. Leslie Byelas and Ellen B. Lubell John and Sharyn Cannon Sheila J. Clancy Dr. Stuart Belkin and Ms. Maureen Dewan Susan S. Ellis and Byron S. Miller Marianne Farrell Peter and Sandy Kolbrener Norman and Celeste Lacroix John and Hana Lane Virginia C. Loch Shirlee Maddren Joan and Michael Makara Al and Jean Oneto Joan Pendergast Fergus and Davina Porter

Susan and Richard Preminger Alice Rago Celie G. Rosenau Leonard J. Rutkosky Jennifer and Chris Smith Patrick J. Waide, Jr. Joan and Jean Waricha SUPPORTER (includes Fairfield Faculty/ Staff/Retiree) $150–$499 Anonymous (9) D W Baker Jack W. Beal Diane M. Becker Mr. Anthony Benefico Pegi and Kent Bernard Nancy A. Brown Dee Brueggemann Paulette and Melvyn Chase Robert and Judith Chessin Dan and Priscilla Christianson Mary Cipu Donna Coble Elaine and Jerome Cohen Selma B. Cohen Karen Como Charlotte Cooper J M Corgel Susan Bartush Cugliari Carol and Joel Davis Jane K. Dean Nancy J. DeFilippo George and Louise Demakis Carol Devine Edward and Anke Dew Maryann and Kevin Donovan Anne Dowling Mary Jo Dunne Drs. Marcia and William Eckerd Kathy and Peter Eder Suzanne Ellenthal Jim and Maura Eustace Joann and Hank Ference Judy and Keith Frey Friend of Quick Center Steve and Barbara Gersen Carl and Eileen Glickman Carol N. Gluckman Claire S. Gold Deborah Goodman and David Abbey William Gratz and James Bruno Donald and Maxine Greenberg Mary Ellen Griffin David and Ann Harvey

E. Harvey Sheila C. Haskell Velma and Garson Heller Warren and Carole Heller Wayne and Marge Hiller Bernard and Mette Huelbert Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hyman Felicia R. Ingram Lucy Johnson and Bill Klein Lori N. Jones Karen M. Kaiser Drs. Joanne and Steven Kant Steve Katzen and Anne Lees Andrea M. Kern Marilyn Wiles-Kettenmann and Robert Kettenmann Jeanne and Jack Klinge Herb Koehler Judi Koffsky Frances Rose Kondziela Cheryl Labrecque Scott M. Lacy Lauren and Duane Lanham Jean K. Lebedeff Joanne Lenci Doris J. Levinson Dr. Marti LoMonaco and Mr. Karl Ruling Dr. and Mrs. R. James Long Evelyn Lowe Suzanne Lyngaas Alice Madwed Mark and Marion Maged Pearl Marcus Crozer Martin Sarah Doyle McCormack Ellyn L. McGrath Maxine Meyerhardt Laurajean Meyers Paul and Joanmarie Musico David Nap Sandy and Peter Nathan Fran O’Neill Ellen Petrino Peter and Ann Pollack Marlene Powers Marianne Putney Mr. and Mrs. Roger Raymond Ms. Sandra Rosenberg Louis and Meryl Rosenfeld Fernande Ross Kyle Russell Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sahlstrand Larry Sax and Melachrina May David Scibek Lauren and Paul Seplowitz Anneruth Serman

Member’s Circle

Members for their support! Betty Sheets George and Madeline Shepherd George and Olivia Sims Page Snow and Harvey Kravetz Sybil Steinberg Judith Stern Stephanie Storms R. Strainge Alan and Margaret Temple Donald and Melinda Weber Jesse S. Weiss Drs. Joan and Jeff Whitehead Colin Williams and Nancy White Ruth Winnick Elaine Wyden Debby and David Zieff Renee Zinn TASTE MAKER (includes Fairfield Alumni & Young Patrons) $85–$149 Anonymous (5) Tony and Dolores Abbott Nancie Dupier and Allyn Arden Virginia Auster Robert H. Barlow Susan and Stanley Baron Wendy and Michael ’82 Bentivegna Nina Bentley Stuart and Lynne Bloom Nancy and David Bloom Dorothea E. Brennan Steve and Carol Brieger Carol Bronz Nancy Brown and Rudolf Zeidler Dr. Ralph and Eleanor Burke Erica and Arnold Cohen Marie Coppola Louise E. Crowley

$1,000,000 and more Leslie C. Jr., and Regina A. Quick Charles and Helen Dolan Marketing Corporation of America $500,000 and more The Kresge Foundation Thomas C. Quick UST, Inc. Thomas J. and Gloria Walsh Lawrence A. Wien

Paul and Deanna Davis Patricia Delano Maggie and Paul Dobbins Maureen Dooley Bortolot Helga and John Downing Joyce and Bill Filip Valerie Fischel Anne V. Fiyalka Sara S. Flokos Mazetta Ford-Medina Mary M. Georgette Arline P. Gertzoff Lynn Goldberg Gail Goldblat Vernona Gomez Carol C. Hanks Craig and Mary Hanrahan Jeffrey Hare Paula and Robert Herzlinger Dalma Heyn John and Sarah Hock Drs. Ira and Ruth Hoffman Louise S. Hoffman Elizabeth Horan Janet Horowitz Karen Howitt Steve and Joan Huff Anne R. Jackson Janet Jurow Mr. and Mrs. David Keller Dr. Gerald and Ellen Kuroghlian Stanley and Judith Lessler Susan C. Linsley Carol K. Mack Donna Rogg and Brian Macpherson Frances Mahoney Carrie Makover Mary P. McIntyre Vincenza Mazzone-McNulty Lydia S. Menendez Stephanie and Karl Mergenthaler

HALL OF FAME DONORS $100,000 and more Booth Ferris Foundation Center for Financial Studies Connecticut National Bank Charles E. Culpeper Foundation The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation The Daniel Edward Offutt III Private Foundation Trust Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Ronald S. Lauder

George S. Mihalik Stacey Mokotoff Ivan Maisel and Meg Murray Alan and Sylvia Neigher Mr. and Mrs. J.C. O’Donoghue Ryan and Tom Odinak Kathy and Joe Pajor Pat and Sal Porio Martha McMahon Porretta Stanley and Hilda Rhodes Bobbie Rich and Gail Harris Lynne Rich Paula and Dave Ridge Laura DePaola Riedel Barbara and Stu Rogan Steve and Sarah Rosch Barbara Z. Rosen Cecile Roth Jim and Pat Ruane John and Nina Ruckes Dalia and Reuven Rudich Regina and Barry Ryan Elyse M. Santucci Dianne L. Saunders Diane Schwartz Maive Scully Rita and Richard Seclow Sue and Steve Smith Roslyn B. Stein Carol Sweeney Arthur F. Thurnauer Ursula D. Van Arnam Wendy Vickrey Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williamson Helen Brickfield Judith R. Zeidel Judith Zucker Memberships received as of November 1, 2021

Estate of Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Bill and Pat Miles William T. Morris Foundation Peer and Mary Pedersen Chris and Mary Anne Pettit Christopher C. and Ann Quick David Schwartz Foundation The Seiler Corporation T. Paul and Lois M. Tremont quickcenter.com


John Pizzarelli

BIG BAND Sunday, January 30, 2022 • 3 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15 Back by popular demand! Hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” world-renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli is a Quick Center favorite who consistently sells out his performances here. Pizzarelli has recently released a new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny, making this return even more special. A creation of beauty through the tragedy of the pandemic, Better Days Ahead is Pizzarelli’s first solo album in his 40-year career. In the recording’s trailer, Pizzarelli describes the album as “at once a tribute, a self-affirmation, therapy, and a memorial.” In Better Days Ahead, Pizzarelli takes a deep dive into Metheny’s Grammy Awardwinning catalogue, deconstructing famed arrangements on his seven-string guitar in ways that will thrill not only jazz lovers but also aficionados of classical and Spanish guitar.

We’re Back!


Champagne Toast & Tasty Treats $75 (includes ticket to performance) $50 for Quick Members

“The genial genius of the guitar.” —THE TORONTO STAR




Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker Wednesday, February 2, 2022 • 7 p.m. Free, registration required Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD, is an educator, author, and the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music and visual culture; Surrealism; Marxism, and more. His essays have appeared widely in publications including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, The New York Times, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Counterpunch, and Boston Review, for which he also serves as contributing editor. Kelley has written several prize-winning books, including Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997) and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009). He has published numerous other books and edited volumes including Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (1994), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002), and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012). His current book projects include Black Bodies Swinging: An American Postmortem (Metropolitan Books), a genealogy of the Black Spring protests of 2020; and a biography of Texas-born journalist Grace Halsell. Learn more about the many programs offered as part of Fairfield University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week by visiting Fairfield.edu/mlk.



FRONTLINES: Stories from the Edge Stories ripped from the headlines—stories that RESONATE in a larger than life way while also being AFFECTING down to the most intimate personal moment. We will produce and showcase work that EDUCATES, ENLIGHTENS, and ENTERTAINS, but at its center has the capacity to open our hearts, question our beliefs and shake us to our very core. Work that is political, socially relevant, and powerful. Work that will change our world, and ALTER us in the process. CHERYL WIESENFELD is a Broadway and off-Broadway producer with many plays and musicals to her credit. She has numerous awards for her productions including the Drama League, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, NY Drama Critics awards, as well as four Tony Awards.


by Emily Joy Weiner some additional words by Barbara Allan, Kevin Barron, Zudaydah Rivera, and Tanasha Gordon directed by Kimmarie Elle developed with Houses on the Moon Theater Company

THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2022 • 7 P.M. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15

Theatre That Ch

Global Theatre: Performance Series Curated by Cheryl Wiesenfeld

SHARED SENTENCES follows the lives of six characters. When Olivia, a lonely aspiring artist, is faced with a life altering proposition during dark and uncertain times, she finds herself in a United Prison Families meeting, a support group for those with an incarcerated loved one. SHARED SENTENCES explores how we define “family”, and the struggle between the warmth and comfort of community and the cold depths of utter isolation. The project was originally conceived by Emily Joy Weiner in 2017. Following a series of interviews, the project was collaboratively explored during an eight-week creative workshop series in 2018 by a group of individuals who all have an incarcerated loved one. Weiner curated the material created during the workshop into a first-person storytelling performance, which was presented by the original group in 2019 in NYC at Westbeth Community Room, Ripley Grier Studios and at Bethany Arts Community (Ossining, NY). Inspired by this original project and a Long Island based organization called Prison Families Anonymous, Weiner has built upon the initial documentary form and has been writing a play, called SHARED SENTENCES. Houses on the Moon Theater Company was founded in 2001 with a mission to dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices. Prison Families Anonymous is a self-help organization whose purpose is to help the families and friends who now have, once had, or are about to have a loved one involved in the criminal or juvenile justice system.

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Literary Salon Presented in association with

“ A Panoply of Publishing Professionals– Straight Talk About Publishing and Promotion in 2022 and Beyond” Moderated by Meryl Moss, President of Meryl Moss Media Group and Publisher of BookTrib.com

Sunday, February 6, 2022 • 3 p.m. $20 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $10 The world of publishing is constantly changing and it’s changing fast. This 21st century “news you can use” panel is comprised of publishing insiders with more than of 100 years of experience. Meet literary agents who have discovered bestselling authors, editors who have shaped bestselling authors, and publicity and marketing specialists who have launched bestsellers. You will have the opportunity to learn what’s hot and where the pain points are in publishing today. The business of publishing is serious business, this panel will help you learn how to navigate it.

Jennifer Weis

Jim Akon

Susan Shapiro Barash

Lucy Antek Johnson

Richard “Deej” Webb

Neil Nyren quickcenter.com



HUMANS 2.0 Thursday, February 17, 2022 • 8 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15

Circus and family fun is back! Since 2006, Circa, one of the world’s leading performance companies from Australia, has toured to 33 countries across six continents with critics calling the work “stunning... exquisite... heart-stopping” and “electrically charged.” Humans 2.0 is a visceral symphony of 10 bodies, acrobatics, sound and light that will leave you at times hardly believing what you are seeing as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Humans 2.0 asks: Can we ever find a perfect balance, or is adapting to constant change the only way forward with the challenge of being human?


the boundaries of what circus and acrobatics can be...” –TIME OUT



Ballet Folklórico de México Saturday, February 26, 2022 • 8 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15

One of the most popular and requested dance companies in the world returns to the Quick Center to celebrate its milestone 70th anniversary season. This 60-member, one-of-a-kind Ballet brings to life the vibrant dance, electrifying music, and elaborate costumes of Mexican folklore from preColombian civilizations through the modern era. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández as part of her quest to preserve the dancing traditions of México, Ballet Folklórico de México dazzles audiences with its 40-ballet repertoire of highly choreographed traditional dances and dramatic movements.

“The gorgeous costumes and breathtaking formations keep coming, dance after dance.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES



Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

CLASSIC JAZZ ON TWO PIANOS Sunday, February 27, 2022 • 3 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15

“ I love to hear Stephanie and Paolo together. They are an inspiration. Such sympatico! Such back-andforth! Individually they are marvelous musicians—we’ve known that, but together they play 4-handed stride as it’s never been done. Brava, bravo!” – DICK HYMAN

This dazzling husband-and-wife duo fascinates audiences with their fresh takes on classics from the stride piano, ragtime, and boogie woogie repertoires, as well as familiar favorites of the Swing Era, Classical Hollywood Cinema and the golden age of Broadway. While Trick and Alderighi are pioneers in the use of four-hands jazz piano, they will perform on two keyboards rather than one for their Quick Center appearance, highlighting their individual virtuosities in the stride and jazz piano styles. Blending impeccable technique with humor and showmanship, Trick and Alderighi are considered the most engaging piano duo touring internationally, winning the adoration of critics and fans alike.



The College of Arts and Sciences Presents

The Common Ground Lecture Series Presented in Affiliation with the Open VISIONS Forum – Quick Center for the Arts

Michael Eric Dyson, PhD and John H. McWhorter, PhD “ Race, Liberty & Justice: Diverging Perspectives with Eyes on the Prize” Tuesday, March 8, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University students Quick Member: $15

A debate, engaging two leading academics and public intellectuals with diverging attitudes. Discussing issues of racial justice in America today is not an easy conversation, but absolutely necessary. Addressing our University mission’s belief in “justice, truth, and freedom,” our commitment demands pathways toward constructive dialogue in a wide-ranging exchange of viewpoints. quickcenter.com


Like a swiftly brewed, perfectly measured shot of aromatic coffee, the Open VISIONS Forum: Espresso is a smaller, more intimate series of talks and public conversations. Promoting more intimacy between our distinguished speakers and audiences, the style and tone of these programs encourages more participatory dialogue. For thoughtful students of all ages, it demonstrates the value of doing and thinking. Appreciating that citizenship in a thriving democracy demands constant learning, questioning, and analysis, we invite you to attend our enriching ‘Espresso’ evenings. Come, listen to an expert, and then join in our robust and lively conversations with points and counterpoint cross dialogues. Validating that public discourse is the precious freedom preserving the values of American democracy — you are the critical link in this ‘Life of the Mind’ cycle. Philip Eliasoph, PhD, Founder/Director/Moderator, Open VISIONS Forum, 1997– present

JUDD TULLY “Art Talk as Therapy – Observing the New York Art World – 1972–2022” Thursday, February 24, 2022 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Event Hall $20 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $10 Presented in affiliation with Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art History program of the Visual and Performing Arts Department Judd Tully is an award-winning journalist and widely published art world writer and art critic, appearing in publications since 1972 ranging from Cigar Aficionado and Flash Art magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post and Blouin Artinfo. Currently, Tully is reporting on the international auction and art fair market, regularly appearing on Artsy, The Art Newspaper, The Robb Report and many others. In 2017 he started the website Judd Tully.NET.

HELEN HARRISON “Jackson and Lee: What was Really Cooking in the House and Studio” Tuesday, March 1, 2022 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Event Hall $20 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $10 Presented in affiliation with Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art History program of the Visual and Performing Arts Department Helen A. Harrison, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Director of the Jackson Pollock-Lee Krasner House and Study Center, is a former New York Times art critic and NPR arts commentator. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in many scholarly and popular publications, and she’s the author of several books, including Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach (with Constance Ayers Denne) and monographs on Jackson Pollock and Larry Rivers.

ZACHARY SMALL “Starving Artist: Investigating Power and Privilege in the Art World” Tuesday, April 5, 2022 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Event Hall $20 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $10 Presented in affiliation with Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art History program of the Visual and Performing Arts Department Zachary Small is a journalist based in New York, a dramatist, and a founder of a Leslie-Lohman Museum residency for queer emerging artists in experimental theater and performance art. A regular contributor to The New York Times, over the last five years, they have become known for investigating issues around labor, money, and politics in the art world. Previously, they were an associate editor of investigations at the Art Newspaper and a senior staff writer at Hyperallergic. They have also written for publications including the Financial Times, New York Magazine, NPR, Nation Magazine, Times Literary Supplement, OUT Magazine, and ARTnews, Artnet News among others.

STEVEN RIVELLINO “Radio City Music Hall – The Showplace of the Nation” Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7:30 p.m. Wien Experimental Theatre $20 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $10 Presented in affiliation with the Theatre program and the Visual and Performing Arts Department With credits that span the worlds of Broadway, London’s West End, broadcast television, concerts, and corporate events, Steven Rivellino is one of the most successful executive producers and theatrical general managers in the entertainment industry. As the former vice president and general manager of New York’s Radio City Music Hall, he has produced the Grammy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and 14 editions of the world-famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, as well as Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gloria Estefan. He is currently represented on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Cameron Carpenter

Goldberg Variations Friday, March 11, 2022 • 7 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15 Saugatuck Congregational Church Special thanks to the Lundberg Family Foundation

Challenge your perception of organ music! Join the Quick Center at Saugatuck Congregational Church for an intimate evening with rock star organist and musical maverick Cameron Carpenter. An organist, composer, organ designer, and self-proclaimed “machine operator,” Carpenter has been smashing the stereotypes of organ music with his exceptional musicality, endless technical ability, pioneering spirit, and punk aesthetic. Spearheading a movement of both musical and technological advancement and touring internationally, Carpenter was the first organist to receive a Grammy Award nomination for his solo album Revolutionary.

“ Extravagantly talented… the audience’s response was raucous… everything he touches turns fantastical and memorable.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES

“...a young superstar whose flamboyant presentation goes hand in hand with unquestioned virtuosity.” — THE NEW YORKER



The College of Arts and Sciences Presents

The Common Ground Lecture Series Presented in Affiliation with the Open VISIONS Forum – Quick Center for the Arts

The Annual Student Forum

DAVID BROOKS “ Democracy: Choices and Challenges” Wednesday, March 23, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University students Quick Member: $15 Long considered one of America’s most influential thought leaders, Brooks has been an opinion columnist for The New York Times since 2003. He is a bestselling author and analyst on PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Meet the Press. His fifth book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, was published in 2019. A contributing writer to The Atlantic, Brooks most recently published a column titled “How the Bobos Broke America,” in which he posits that the creation of a new elite — sometimes dubbed the “creative class” — has replaced the old elite, sparking a counterreaction among working class voters against a meritocratic system. In 2018, Brooks joined the Aspen Institute to spearhead the Weave project, aimed at bridging the divisions among Americans and seeking a compelling common ground. He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



Orin Grossman & Friends

Mozart and Dvořák in the Afternoon Sunday, March 27, 2022 • 3 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15 Beloved Fairfield University artist and scholar Dr. Orin Grossman is a pianist who has delighted audiences the world over with his unique and engaging approach to performing and lecturing about great American and European music. Now he brings his piano quartet: featuring, in addition to himself, pianist Alan Murchie, cellist Michael Haber, and violinist Debbie Wong, for a unique afternoon showcasing Dvořák’s Dumky Trio, as well as selections for two pianos and trios by Mozart. Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, or the Dumky Trio, is one of the composer’s best known works: an emotionally charged “uninhibited Bohemian lament” (Felsenfeld). Dr. Grossman, an emeritus professor of visual and performing arts and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and academic vice president, joined the Fairfield University faculty in 1975. Throughout the pandemic, he most recently offered Quick Center patrons virtual, in-depth looks at American and European classics with Quick Sessions Live, and we are happy to welcome his return in person.

“ Throughout the evening everything Grossman played was crisp, fluent, richly contrasted and wonderfully detailed. The way he put together and presented a group of Gershwin’s piano transcriptions… was a model of excellence.” — NEW YORK POST




Frédérick Gravel

This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) Thursday, April 7, 2022 • 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022 • 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022 • 7 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15 Québec dance artist Frédérick Gravel brings his enthralling, raw energy and mesmerizing interpretation of emotion and sensuality to the U.S. premiere of his newest work: This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times), in which the choreographer and performer further investigates what it means, simply and harshly, to be human. In this scaled-back piece for two people, in which we enter the dance of a couple in love and in which Gravel is intent upon, as he says, “keeping it real” and vulnerable, challenging the gendered clichés around duets in dance, the ideas are bigger than just the duet happening onstage. Montreal-based Gravel is a dancer, choreographer, guitarist, singer, and lighting designer whose work is presented in settings ranging from underground performance spaces to scholarly symposia; he has had several residencies at the Quick Center. Gravel has been distinguished as one in a “new wave of choreographers who are breaking down the image of elitism in contemporary dance to make it more accessible” (Voir). Gravel’s work turns the traditional structure of choreography upside down, merging various aspects of rock and performance art.

‘’Frédérick Gravel is arguably the most significant dance artist to emerge in Québec in the past ten years.’’ — THE GLOBE AND MAIL



Women and Leadership Series Bank of America is pleased to sponsor this inspirational series, opening minds and celebrating empowering women leaders around the world. #PowerTo

Isabel Wilkerson “CASTE: Examining Race, Culture, & Consequences” Thursday, April 28, 2022 • 8 p.m. $30 | $5 Fairfield University student Quick Member: $15 Poetically written and brilliantly researched, Wilkerson’s newest work, Caste, invites us to discover the inner workings of an American hierarchy that goes far beyond the confines of race, class, or gender. Steeping her stories in empathy, insight, and first-person accounts, Wilkerson layers analysis with story to explore the structure of an unspoken system of human ranking and reveal how our lives are still restricted by what divided us centuries ago. Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medal recipient Isabel Wilkerson is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: the critically acclaimed Caste and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner The Warmth of Other Suns. Wilkerson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer, and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the enduring search for the American dream. She has lectured on narrative nonfiction at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston universities. She has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities across the United States, Europe, and in Asia. Her work has garnered seven honorary degrees, most recently from Bates College and Southern Methodist University. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’s 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air, NBC’s Nightly News, and on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and others.

“Wilkerson’s work is the missing puzzle piece of our country’s history.” — THE AMERICAN PROSPECT


Private Dinner Reception with

Isabel Wilkerson 6:00 –7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Artisan at Delamar Southport $300 (includes ticket to OVF lecture at 8 p.m.) Limited space available.

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VIRTUAL PR Open MINDS Institute Open MINDS Institute is an exploratory ‘classroom without walls’ presenting topical seminars and workshops. Guided by master professors, your commitment to the ‘life of the mind’ is rewarded with stimulating, topical ideas. With no homework or tests — this is the kind of learning you always hoped for: pure educational enrichment! These classes are entirely participatory, seeking ongoing dialogue between teachers and students as a learning partnership. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND VIRTUAL. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Angela Miller, PhD “Becoming Georgia O’Keeffe: The Making of an American Icon” Tuesday, February 1, 2022 • 12 p.m.

Georgia O’Keeffe was perhaps the most famous American artist before Jackson Pollock. We will look at how O’Keeffe emerged into an expressive new language of organic abstraction in the ’19s and ’20s, and how she managed her fame, asserting her own voice amidst the clamor of male critics who saw in her work the expression of the ‘eternal feminine,’ and who denied her own claims to creative autonomy.

Patricia Behre, PhD “Outside the Tent: Teaching Atheism and Jewish-Christian Relations at a Jesuit University” Tuesday, February 8, 2022 • 12 p.m.

When Dr. Behre began her career, Fairfield was a relatively young Jesuit University, in which the first generation of faculty — including many Jesuit scholar-priests and Catholic laymen — had just been succeeded by a second generation. In this seminar, Dr. Behre will survey the history of these changes at Fairfield, and consider how they have been received and incorporated into the University’s academic mission, moving into the 21st century.

Ori Soltes, PhD “Demystifying Mysticism: Outsider/Traditional Spirits Among the Faiths of Abraham” Wednesday, February 23, 2022 • 12 p.m.

This spirited talk will consider a handful of questions: What is mysticism? How does it dig into and pull away from everyday religion? What are the dangers of the mystical enterprise and why has the mainstream religious leadership of the three traditions typically expressed opposition to its study and practice?

Scott Vickrey, A.C.E. “From Sensation to Flops: Inside a Hollywood Editing Room” Tuesday, March 22, 2022 • 12 p.m.

In this session, Hollywood veteran Scott Vickrey will go through his 45-plus years in film editing. Vickrey has been nominated for three Emmys and six American Cinema Editors awards. Vickrey will discuss his career, beginning as an assistant and going on to meet some of the biggest directors and actors in the business, dealing with outsized egos, getting stuck between directors and producers, and learning how to navigate that space.

ROGRAMMING Debra Wieder “Love and Desire – The Collector, The Curator, and The Dealer” Tuesday, March 29, 2022 • 12 p.m. Explore the various ways in which love and desire inform and influence the art of collecting. Collectors, curators, and dealers are constantly on the hunt for that singular object that sparks their imagination and elicits their desire. We will examine various collecting habits through the eyes of a veteran art dealer, whether driven by curiosity, intellectual pursuit, or just plain obsession.

Dr. Donald Cohen and Michael Bud “Kids are Talking: Local Teens Open Up About Their Issues” Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 12 p.m. Kids Are Talking™ (KAT) is a unique, live-streaming talk show that uses a therapist-led, roundtable discussion format. Middle, high school and college students, as well as other young adults, have an opportunity to express themselves and their opinions in a safe space. Our panelists come from all over the country to talk about edgy, controversial and timely topics that affect their mental health.

OMI: Literary Salon In association with Meryl Moss Media, Westport

Dr. Nieca Goldberg “Start off 2022 with Heart – Everything You Need to Know About Women’s Heart Health” Tuesday, January 25, 2022 • 12 p.m.

Dr. Goldberg’s research and medical publications focus on cardiovascular disease in women, exercise imaging and exercise. She is often asked by the media for her expert interpretation of current studies and medical news.

Herb Stern and Alan Winter “Sins of the Fathers” Tuesday, February 15, 2022 • 12 p.m.

Sins of the Fathers by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter is Steven Spielberg meets John le Carré in a high-voltage thriller about a behind-the-scenes revolt that might have saved the world. But what makes the novel as timely as it is chilling are the historic parallels with the present day, revealing the slippery ground we now tread.

William Maz “The Bucharest Dossier” Tuesday, March 8, 2022 • 12 p.m.

The triumph of love during years of atrocity and depravation is brought hauntingly to life in The Bucharest Dossier —a love story within a spy thriller within a historical novel. Maz shows how love can survive even under the direst of circumstances, in this case the brutality of Romania’s bloody revolution, and the miserable and debilitating years under Communist regime. quickcenter.com


VIRTUAL PR INSPIRED WRITERS SERIES The Inspired Writers Series is hosted by MFA Program’s Phil Klay, Fairfield University faculty member and author.

Amir Ahmadi Arian and Salar Abdoh “Reasons of State: War, Art, and Incarceration, Seen From Iran” Thursday, March 10, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. Free Virtual Event | Registration is required. Amir Ahmadi Arian and Salar Abdoh, Iranian authors whose work has tackled war, incarceration, repression, the power of the state, and what global violence and geopolitics looks like from an Iranian perspective, are two of the most exciting political novelists writing today. How does it change our understanding of the war in Iraq when we see from the perspective of an embed within an Iranian-backed militia? What do the mechanisms of state power look like for those caught in the gears? Where is the place for art and humanity within these systems? Fairfield MFA professor and National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay sits down with these authors to discuss possible answers.

Gregory Pardlo “The Poetry and Prose of Contemporary America” Thursday, April 21, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. Free Virtual Event | Registration is required. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and memoirist Gregory Pardlo has written some of the most incisive and artistically bold poetry and nonfiction of the past decade, delving into the work of unions, the intellectual weight of blue-collar labor, American patriotism, Black America cultures, masculinity, as well as the aesthetic and moral challenges of identity and witness in poetry. Hailed by the Pulitzer Prize jury as an author of “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st century America, rich with thought, ideas, and histories public and private,” Pardlo will be joined in conversation by Fairfield professor and National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay.

CT DANCE NOW! Join the CT Dance Alliance and Dance Partners from across Connecticut for these engaging conversations with dance artists and creators. All events are virtual and free. Registration is required.

Monday, January 31, 2022 • 6 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2022 • 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2022 • 6 p.m.


Presented by the Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences Innovation Lab Co-Directors: Mehmet Cansoy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology | Jo Yarrington, PhD, Professor, Visual & Performing Arts

Eva Lee “Hearing a Who: Dr. Seuss, the Nature of Mind, and Intelligent Technology” Wednesday, February 16, 2022 • 7 p.m. Free Virtual Event | Registration is required. Artist Eva Lee will present her work Dual Brains, an EEG data-driven and collaborative performance inspired by scientific studies on human neural interdependence. She will discuss the embodied mind in the context of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and its potential significance in the continued development of intelligent technology.

Steve Lambert “All Successful Activism has been Artistic Activism” Wednesday, March 2, 2022 • 7 p.m. Free Virtual Event | Registration is required. Steve Lambert wants you to join him. Lambert has worked alongside artists and activists in 15 countries on 4 continents helping them to effect power. He’ll relay lessons learned in collaborating with larger advocacy organizations so you can better contribute to movements for justice, equality, public health, and human rights.

Kyle Whyte “Indigenous Peoples and the Energy Transition: Ethics, Justice, and Partnership” Wednesday, April 6, 2022 • 7 p.m. Free Virtual Event | Registration is required. Indigenous peoples are among the populations in the U.S. who are increasingly calling for equity and justice in the energy transition to renewable energy. Major policy initiatives, proposed for legislation and adopted by the White House, are seeking to mobilize research to support Indigenous energy goals. The presentation covers research and best practices relating to ethics, justice, and partnership for the collaborations that are needed to ensure Indigenous peoples are among the leaders of the energy transition.




New Works by Emily Coates & Emmanuèle Phuon March 19–25, 2022 & May 3–6, 2022 Work-in-Progress Performance Friday, May 6, 2022 • 7 p.m. Pay What You Decide – a social experiment in which we ask you to value your artistic experience.

At the core of our project is a comparative lens on humankind’s relationship to the natural world, expressed in the stories that run through our pieces: from an American scientist caring for a dying chimpanzee in Uganda, to an astronaut flying solo around the moon, to ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests practicing a “star dance” at their temple altar. Or the narratives of land use and abuse that flicker through the Reamker, crafted into new shadow puppetry for our age of climate destruction, alongside psychically communing with the spirits of trees, in 21st century secular animism that absorbs Cambodian cosmologies. These are global stories, for our interconnected planet. New works by Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon is a multi-artist, hybrid performance/lecture utilizing text, video, installation and the body to reflect on intersecting themes within classical Cambodian dance, American postmodern dance, ecology, and astronomy, as these are embedded within and reflect geographically specific cultures and ecologies. The work is ultimately about human and artistic struggles to represent our natural world. THE QUICK ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM: The Quick is dedicated to serving as a creative incubator – providing space for artists around the world to focus on the creation of new work, while simultaneously connecting those artists with our community through dialogues that allow the artist to gain insight from the audience experience and to provide educational offerings that help our audiences engage about the art form. Through making long-term investments in the creative process, the Quick is helping artists sustain and share their work on a nationally recognized platform. Engage with us as we offer artist showings, work-in-progress showings, meet and greets, and more with these incredible artists before their work is seen on our stages later this season. Learn more at Quickcenter.com.

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Learn more! Join us before select broadcasts for discussions led by Fairfield University professors as well as distinguished community members. Pre-screening talks will take place in the Dolan School of Business Event Hall, located adjacent to the Quick. Advanced registration is required. The Met: Live in HD subscriber discounts and privileges may not be interchanged with Open VISIONS Forum, Quick Center performances, and National Theatre Live events. Programs subject to change.

Saturday, January 8, 2022 Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)

Saturday, March 26, 2022 Don Carlos (Verdi)

1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores)

12 p.m. (live)

Sunday, January 9, 2022 Cinderella (Massenet)

Saturday, May 7, 2022 Turandot (Puccini)

1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

Saturday, January 29, 2022 Rigoletto (Verdi)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

Saturday, February 12, 2022 Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Blanchard)

Sunday, June 5, 2022 Hamlet (Dean)

1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores)

1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

Saturday, March 5, 2022 Eurydice (Aucoin) 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (encores)

Saturday, March 12, 2022 Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss) 1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore) 12 p.m. Pre-talk

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January 21–23, 2022 Wien Experimental Theatre Produced, directed, designed, and performed by advanced theatre students Generously supported by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that Strayed, now best known for her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, published online as the columnist “Sugar” from 2010-12. As a struggling writer asked to assume the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers. April 6–10, 2022 Wien Experimental Theatre This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation.

“ A laugh-out-loud adaptation.... This PRIDE AND PREJUDICE has comedy at its heart, but regarding the treatment of women, it shows us enough unsettling similarities between the 18th century and now to make us pause thoughtfully between laughs.”


©Adger Cowans, Icarus, 1970. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.

Fairfield University Art Museum Spring 2022 Exhibition Schedule ink/stone: contemporary Chinese paintings and works on paper inspired by traditional artistic subjects of rocks and mountains. Curator: Ive Covaci SEEING IS BELIEVING: Crossings and Transpositions, Part II: five contemporary Chinese artists: He Jiancheng, Xiao Yao Ning, Luo Biwu, Zuo Zeng Yao and Zhang Zeng Min. Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility: Cowans uses of photography as a vehicle to articulate the beauty within the human condition. Curator: Halima Taha 13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s Connecticut Photographs: over 40 years of Photo League member Larry Silver’s photographs made of and in Connecticut. Curator: Leslie Brown

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