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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

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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.

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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 - 7 PM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 1, Millennium Approaches (Broadcast in HD)

Aug 9

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 1, Millennium Approaches (Broadcast in HD) 

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).

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National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part II, Perestroika (Broacast Live in HD)

Aug 16

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part II, Perestroika (Broacast Live in HD) 

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).

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Vietnam: Transitions: Photography by Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen

Sep 1-Nov 15

Vietnam: Transitions: Photography by Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Vietnam is a country in transition. Intrigued by the rapid transformation of Vietnam, one of the fastest growing economies of the world Monmouth University professors, Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen have returned multiple times to photograph this region. A dynamic, youthful country, especially seen in mega-cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon), it is a country where the traditional and contemporary are reconstituted into distinctively Vietnamese manifestations. Opening Reception: September 15 from 6 - 8 PM

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NATURE AND NURTURE - Mother/Daughter Artists: The Paintings of Cheryl Griesbach and Claudia Griesbach-Martucci

Sep 5-Dec 3

NATURE AND NURTURE - Mother/Daughter Artists: The Paintings of Cheryl Griesbach and Claudia Griesbach-Martucci 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 10 AM

Opening Reception: Friday, September 29 from 7 - 9 pm After working almost 20 years as an illustrator with her husband Stanley Martucci, in 2000 Cheryl Griesbach began creating a body of paintings based on her interests in European 18th and 19th century still-life, botanical, and landscape art. Cheryl’s painting technique was derived from Flemish painting that she had explored as a student at The School of Visual Arts where she is now on the faculty since 1985. Her method includes the manipulation of segments of Northern European paintings and incorporating that imagery in building a new landscape, like a stage. Cheryl has received many awards, including last year’s best in show at the Monmouth Museum’s 38th international juried awards show. Cheryl’s daughter Claudia, having grown up with both parents as artists, gave her an innate inclination to explore her imagination and develop knowledge of oil painting. Admitted into The School of Visual Arts, her parents alumni, Claudia in her third year first began to primarily use oil paint as her medium to illustrate the 18th century fairy tale Donkey Skin by Charles Perrault. Claudia graduated with honors and was then accepted into the Masters Program, Illustration as Visual Essay, with a limited class of 20 students. With her background in Illustration and skills in using oils learned from he mother, all of Claudia’s paintings tell a story. Her end of the year show paintings began to carve out some of the subject matter she wanted to explore, “that behind every exquisite thing that exists there is something tragic” a quote from Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Grey. Claudia is currently working as a painting assistant to the artist Jeff Koons, while pursuing her own personal work.

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Sheba Sharrow

Sep 5-Dec 3

Sheba Sharrow 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 10 AM

As one of its series of events around the theme of “Activism,” Monmouth University hosts an exhibition of paintings by the 20th-century artist who chronicled outrage and compassion for the struggles against injustice. Figurative painter Sheba Sharrow bore witness to human suffering, struggle and liberation. She was a child of the Great Depression and World War II, a participant in the social justice movements of the 1960s and ’70s, saw the bloody roads walked for civil rights and the damages wrought by wars.

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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.

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An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash

Sep 23

An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale to Center for the Arts donors 5/8 and general public 5/10. Legendary singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

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Millie and the Lords

Sep 25

Millie and the Lords 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Millie and the Lords tells the story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party and her rich Puerto Rican history. This event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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