Monday morning arts news, May 30


Monday, May 30

• Memorial Day: University closed.

Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Visit your museum! Three exhibitions are already open, and a fourth – Egyptian Tent – opens on June 2. Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 2

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Gregg director Roger Manley has been known to describe a collecting museum as a “climate-controlled attic of curiosities.” A fine example of the sort of treasures inside will be on display beginning June 2. The Gregg’s Egyptian Tent exhibition will feature a rare and colorfully appliquéd Egyptian tour tent that is part of the museum’s collection, one of only six of its kind known in the world. Side note: Did you know you can search the Gregg collection online?

• University Theatre: The TheatreFEST 2022 production of Assassins opens. Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s controversial musical scrutinizes the lives and motivations of nine individuals who killed (or tried to kill) various presidents of the United States. This multiple Tony Award-winning dark comedy explores the human need for acknowledgment versus the American need for celebrity, amplified by the frustrated desires of those who crossed a terrifying threshold. Performances run through June 19.

Saturday, June 4

• University Theatre: Join Mia Self for pre-show (Foresight) and post-show (Hindsight) perspectives on the TheatreFEST production of Assassins. The pre-show conversation includes a local theatre journalist and members of the creative team. The post-show conversation features the director and members of the cast.


• Have you registered for a summer crafts class? Check out the last chance list for June classes that might have space available.

• TheatreFEST 2022 has expanded to be Raleigh’s hub for summer theatre. Centered around the production of Stephen Sondheim’s multiple Tony Award-winning dark comedy, Assassins, TheatreFEST (June 2-19) will include a 24-hour challenge to create four 10-minute plays; the first public staging of a new one-woman show by a young alumna Dani Coan; the return of the TheatreFESTival open house that reveals some of the magic behind live performance; previews of work to come from neighboring theatre companies; the first workshop offering of a new musical work-in-progress by Honest Pint Theatre Company; and new pre- and post-show events to get more from your Assassins experience.


• Poole College News: Interdisciplinary Collaboration: World Risks and Design Philosophy. Sharing an article we missed earlier this semester. When Poole College accounting professor Mark Beasley wanted to present a more innovative approach to risk management, he enlisted the help of J. Mark Scearce, former chair of NC State’s Department of Music.

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