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Alena Graedon

Sep 19

Alena Graedon 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Alena Graedon's first novel, The Word Exchange, was a New York Times Editors' Choice and Paperback Row pick, and selected as a best novel of 2014 by Kirkus. It has been translated into eight languages. She has twice been a MacDowell Colony Fellow (2012 and 2017), and has also received fellowships at Yaddo, Ucross, The Virginia Center for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, newyorker.com, The Believer magazine, Guernica, and Post Road among other publications. A native of Durham, NC, Graedon is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's MFA program, and she is an Assistant Professor of English at Monmouth University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Free Event


Angels in America Part II, Perestroika

Aug 16

Angels in America Part II, Perestroika 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).


Angels in America Part 1, Millennium Approaches

Aug 9

Angels in America Part 1, Millennium Approaches 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).


MET OPERA: Carmen (Broadcast in HD) 17

Jul 26

MET OPERA: Carmen (Broadcast in HD) 17 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Richard Eyre’s hit production stars Elīna Garanča as the seductive gypsy of the title, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José. Carmen "is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom," the director says about Bizet’s drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking." Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien


MET OPERA: Nabucco (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 19

MET OPERA: Nabucco (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Plácido Domingo adding a new role to his repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitri Belosselskiy as the prophet Zaccaria, the role of his 2011 Met debut.


MET OPERA: Macbeth (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 12

MET OPERA: Macbeth (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.


MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 5

MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.


National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Broadcast Live in HD)

Jun 28

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12 AM

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Jun 27

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 

Bey Hall, Young Auditorium - 5 PM

Join us for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and family members who care for them.

Free Event


You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Jun 23-Jul 2

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 12 PM

Shadow Lawn Stage, the professional theatre of Monmouth University, will present the 50th anniversary production of the enchanting musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown this June with 10 performances at the historic Woods Theatre on the university’s campus. Based on the famed comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz, the musical tells the story of some typical days in the life of Charlie Brown. From running after the school bus to spying the cute little red-haired girl at lunch, Charlie deals with the fun and frustrations of life with his friends Lucy, Linus and Schroeder; his kid sister Sally; and his faithful companion, Snoopy. The original production featured Gary Burghoff (Radar in the MASH series). The 1999 revival won 2 Tony Awards – for Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristen Chenoweth as Sally - and the Drama Desk award for “Best Revival of a Musical”. Dates: 6/23: 2pm & 8pm; 6/24: 2pm & 8pm; 6/25: 3pm; 6/30: 2pm & 8pm; 7/1: 2pm & 8pm; 7/2: 3pm


Met Opera Encore: Der Rosenkavalier (Broadcast Live in HD)

May 21

Met Opera Encore: Der Rosenkavalier (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. The Met’s first new production since 1969 of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece is conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, whose most recent Met production was the hit 2013 staging of Falstaff.


ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA - GRAND OPERA MOMENTS

May 20

ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA - GRAND OPERA MOMENTS 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea return to celebrate the Bravo/Brava moments that make Opera grand in a wonderful evening of beautiful arias and dramatic moments. Both the seasoned opera aficionado and the musically curious will find a thrilling AND thoroughly fun experience with this great orchestra, promising young singers, and Father Alphonse!


Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (Broadcast Live in HD)

May 13

Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Gallery - 12:30 PM

The Met’s first new production since 1969 of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece is conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, whose most recent Met production was the hit 2013 staging of Falstaff.


Bolshoi Ballet: A Hero of our Time - Live in HD

May 7

Bolshoi Ballet: A Hero of our Time - Live in HD 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…


Where The Piano Is The Main Attraction

May 6

Where The Piano Is The Main Attraction 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In this concert showcasing the very best of piano music, a cast of young all-star piano prodigies including: CHARLIE LIU, TAKSH GUPTA and NICHOLAS BUDNY will showcase their incredible talent. Their collective credits include winning Steinway competitions and Golden Key Awards, appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres & Oprah Winfrey shows, and performing for luminaries such as Queen Rania of Jordan & Bono of U2. The second half of the show will feature STORMIN’ NORMAN SELDIN. In his nearly 50 year music career, singer/songwriter keyboardist Seldin has performed at almost every live performance venue out there and is also credited as one of the originators of the Sound of Asbury Park. He will perform solo & with VANCE VILLASTRIGO on DUELING PIANOS. From Bach to Rock & Jazz to Ragtime - the keys will sizzle from start to finish!