The Lavender Scare; Film and discussion with Filmmaker Josh Howard & Historian David Johnson
The Lavender Scare is the first documentary film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and therefore unfit for government service. In doing so, he triggered the longest witch hunt in American history.
Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights.
The novel, one of the most famous works of world literature, was first published in 1847 under a pseudonym and is Emily Bronte’s only work. Wuthering Heights recounts the tale of ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England. Heathcliff and Catherine meet as children when Catherine’s father brings the abandoned boy home to live with them. The two grow up together, living freely on the moors while Heathcliff is tormented by Catherine’s brother. When Catherine’s parents die, her brother turns Heathcliff out, forcing him to live among the servants. Catherine marries and the crushed Heathcliff disappears. Years later, a wealthy Heathcliff returns, but is it too late for them?
Wuthering Heights is a deep and wide story of passion, revenge, family, class, and the supernatural. Over a century and a half later, Bronte’s magnum opus remains incredibly moving. Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching new production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classical literature into enthralling and mesmerizing live performances. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical experience.
Pre-Show Discussion with Cast at 7 pm
Melissa Febos is the author
of the critically acclaimed memoir, WHIP SMART (St. Martin’s Press 2010), whose
“electrifying prose and unremitting honesty” Kirkus Reviews said, “expertly
captures grace within depravity.” Among other places, she has been featured on
NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, The Atlantic and
Tin House online, Guernica, and New York magazine. Her writing has been
published and anthologized widely, in venues including Glamour, Kenyon Review,
Post Road, Hunger Mountain, Salon, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Times,
Bitch Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, The Rumpus, The
Beauty Anthology, The Moment Anthology, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on
Loving and Leaving New York. For seven years, she has co-curated and
hosted the popular Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan, and is the
recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing at
Purchase College, The New School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Utica College, and the
Institute of American Indian Arts, among other places, and is currently
Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Monmouth University. Selected by
Lia Purpura as the winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction
Contest, she is the recipient of a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Artist
Grant, a 2012 Bread Loaf Nonfiction Fellowship, a 2014 Virginia Center for
Creative Arts fellowship, and MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010, 2011, and
2014. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on
Cape Cod, and lives in Brooklyn.
Free and Open to the Public
A look at Venus Williams’ victory off the court in her fight for financial equality in the earnings allocated to men vs. women tennis champions. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.
A look at the 1999 women’s national soccer team and the impact of their World Cup victory on the sport of soccer and female athletes overall. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.
An in-depth look at the legendary University of Tennessee Lady Vols Coach, Pat Summit, from her exceptional career to her new life fighting early-onset Alzheimer’s. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.
A look at how women sports reporters, Lisa Olson, Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser, and Jane Gross fought to be accepted, regardless of gender, and create a harassment-free work environment. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.
GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL has been thrilling audiences and earning rave reviews since its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and sing and dance in the aisles! Follow five friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you’ll recognize yourself in each of them! Described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine), and “As funny and outrageous as Sex and the City!” (The Advocate).GIRLS NIGHT is bursting with energy and packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive” and more.
Exclusive Preshow Gifts/Offers
for GIRLS NIGHT ticketholders at MONMOUTH MALL!
Go Shopping and grab drinks with your girlfriends
before the show!! The first 100 Girls
Night: The Musical ticketholders to show up at our table in the MONMOUTH MALL food court starting at 4
p.m. on the day of the show will receive a “swag bag” filled with special
gifts/coupons courtesy of Monmouth Mall. They will also be eligible for
drink/food discounts at participating restaurants at the mall. For more information about this offer call 732.263.5715. You must be present to receive a swag bag. Only one bag will be given out per person.
We will also have a free photobooth in the lobby before the show and during intermission so that you and your girlfriends can get a group photo to remember the night.
Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of
intimate, acoustic performances this fall. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to
singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved
13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will
be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John
Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).
Carpenter has spent
the past year performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release
of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder), which was conducted and arranged by
six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza. Carpenter’s world debut orchestral
concert took place on January 24 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside
the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In March, she performed two milestone
concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted
by Mr. Mendoza, and was joined by special guests Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry
Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O’Donovan.
Over the course of
her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like
“Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy
Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music
awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details
and the most universal.
Tift Merritt will be opening the show.
Lecture: March 26 at 2:30 p.m. | Pollak Theatre
Dylan Scholinski was born Daphne Scholinski. She was 15 years old she was locked up in a mental hospital, diagnosed as “an inappropriate female”, and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training. Now 47 years old Dylan is a distinguished artist, author, and public speaker having appeared on 20/20, Dateline and Today to discuss his experiences and has been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Recently his award-winning book The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir was listed in the Top 10 Must Reads in Out Magazines first transgender issue. His artwork not only portrays the anguish of his hospital years but also his ultimate triumph. Dylan is the founder/witness for the Sent(a)Mental Project : A Memorial to Suicide. He frequently opens his studio to a variety of Denver metro youth, to provide safe space to explore and discover ways of expressing and empowering themselves without bringing harm to themselves or others.
Dylan will be exhibiting his own work as well as examples of artwork by youth who have participated in his “lead with your heart” workshop. The idea is to use the image of the heart as a template to fill and show how your heart feels on the inside and to use the space outside of the heart to show what is affecting and influencing it. Each participant interprets the project their own way and displayed together the works collect the expressions of individual to show how the heart connects us all.