The Experience



Stars of the Albright Stage, an Alumni Theatre Festival
Fri.–Sun., Sept. 1–3, Wachovia Theatre, FREE (suggested donation at door supports our theatre endowment)
Please join us as talented alumni from our award-winning theatre department return to the Albright stage to join forces with our current students to offer a weekend full of provocative and exciting works that challenge our assumptions about life, love and the cosmos.

  • The Last Emperor of Mexico by Chris Davis ‘04, Fri., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., directed by Mary Tuomanen
    Maximilian I has recently been declared the Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, but his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez. Maximilian is confronted with a great dilemma – to shave his beard or die by firing squad. Find out what happens in this one-man show noted as “hilarious,” by Broad St. Review, with “a strikingly original writer and performer,” The Scotsman.
  • She Gon’ Learn by Lisa Strum ’97, Sat., Sept. 2, 8 p.m., directed by Christopher Burris, for mature audiences only
    Lisa is looking for love, but can she learn from her past to keep from falling on her a**! In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars, we watch Lisa play eight different characters as she navigates childhood, parental relationships, sexual awakening, the racial realities of dating, the excitement of new love, and a heart breaking, yet triumphant journey to self-love and discovery.
  • Improv Reunion, Sat., Sept. 2, follows performance, Wachovia Theatre
  • Alumni Luncheon, Sun., Sept. 3, noon-1:30 p.m., Roop Hall (invitation only)
  • Constellations by Nick Payne, Sun., Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz

Can one word alter the course of your life? Science and romance collide in a dizzying fugue of vignettes as we watch Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory, raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #1: Metric Funk Unit
Wed., Sept. 6
6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Get your freak on and enjoy some funk favorites, al fresco! Jazz Concert with Metric Funk Unit

Mike Kuchar/Recent Videos
Tues., September 12
7:30-9:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

One of the original (NYC) Underground film & video legends, Mike Kuchar, now living and working in San Francisco, will introduce, screen, and conduct a post-screening Q&A with the audience.

What Do Faculty Really Expect of You?
Wed., Sept. 13
5:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Each professor has his/her own expectations of what students should do to be successful in their classes.  This faculty panel will provide tips on how to take notes with and without PowerPoint, how to review your exams with them, and ways to get the most out of every class. If you’re nervous about talking to your professors, this workshop will help! Organized by the Academic Learning Center.

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #2: Bobby Newton Band
Wed., Sept. 13
6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Mr. Togetherness performs jazz classics and R&B oldies with style.

Nine Variations on Thinking & Touching; the work of Ed Williford
Thurs., September 14
4-5:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery, Project Space

Mississippi artist Ed Williford will share his unique sculptures and art-making process with the college community. Living in a remote and rural area, the artist started using the discarded feedbags from his chicken feed over intricate and metal armatures. While the sculptures appear fragile, the artist encourages viewers to touch and hold them.

World Languages Film Festival #1: 3 bellezas/3 Beauties
Mon., September 18
7-9:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

A darkly comic examination of a mother who ignores her son and turns her daughters into bitter beauty pageant rivals. This film explores obsessions about parental expectations and body image. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Discussion follows the screening. The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

How Partisan Media Polarize America
Tues., Sept. 19
4:30-5:30 p.m., CCSL

This lecture, funded by Jenny '71 and Steve Spancake, will feature Matthew Levendusky, ph.D., associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be presenting his most recent book, How Partisan Media Polarize America. The research chronicles an important medium fashioning political discourse in America today. It also highlights a timely topic in the study of the American polity.

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #3: Ivan Bravo Mariach Band
Wed., Sept. 20
6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Authentic sounds, locally sourced, with food provided by Mi Casa, Su Casa. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Of Civil Wrongs and Civil Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
Thurs., September 21
5-6:30 p.m., Science Center, Room 256

Join us in celebrating Constitution Day by screening Of Civil Wrongs and Civil Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. Learn about the Japanese internment camps in place during WWII and one man's battle against the U.S. government. After the screening stay for discussion of the film and its contemporary implications.

World Languages Film Festival #2: También la Iluvia/Even the Rain(2011, 104 min.) by Iciar Bollain
Tues., Sept. 26
7 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Based on real-life events that followed Bolivia’s sale of water rights to multinational companies, the film blurs past and present, fiction and reality, and poses an important question: Who owns water? In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles. Discussion follows the  screening. The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #4: Albright’s Got Chops
Wed., Sept. 27
6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Features performances by the Albright Angels, Mane Men, Big Cat Jazz Ensemble, and Reading Samba School.

Gallagher Lecture: But her Emails: Women, Religion, and Politics in the 2016 Election-Where Do We Go From Here?
Thur., Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Organized by Religious Studies.

Anthea Butler will be speaking on religion, gender, and politics for the annual Gallagher Lecture. The 2016 election cycle will be remembered for the stunning loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. While the story of the election has been all of the mistakes people think Hillary Clinton made, the real story of this election cycle was the role of women in both parties, and the religious and social issues which drove their votes and protests in the aftermath of the election. Professor Butler's talk will engage with these issues and the stakes for women in the political arena during the Trump presidency.

The Kitchen Chemist
Thurs., September 28
4:30-5:30 p.m., Science Center, Room 256

Every time you step into a kitchen, you become a chemist. Chemistry, a topic that many students shy away from, becomes a subliminal subject of passion and expertise for the home cook. Matthew Hartings, author of Chemistry in Your Kitchen, will detail several of his favorite chemical reactions in the kitchen (caramelization, flavor pairing, and cooking proteins) and will discuss how home cooks (and not chemists or other scientists) have figured out how to master these complicated processes. Hopefully, during the course of the lecture, Hartings will inspire you to want to cook better by thinking a little of the chemistry that goes into your meal.

The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell *
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 29-30
8 p.m. & Sun., Oct. 1, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
Directed by Cory Wilkerson (Hershey Playhouse), co-produced with The Crones


The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell *
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 29-30
8 p.m. & Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
Directed by Cory Wilkerson (Hershey Playhouse), co-produced with The Crones

Flamboyant Lucille (Terri Mastrobuono), fiercely traditional Doris (Linde Stern), and nurturing Ida (Lisa Lutton Weitzman) have been best friends for over 20 years. Their bond threatens to unravel when one of them begins to balk at their husbands’ grave sites, and another seems headed for romantic involvement. What follows is a hilarious, poignant and ultimately human view of love, friendship, loyalty and moving forward.

  • Coffee with The Crones, Sun., Oct. 1, follows show, CFA Mezzanine

Leaks, Lies, and Litigation: The Press's Challenges in Holding Government Accountable
October 02 2017
7:30 pm, Wachovia Theatre

Selina MacLaren, Esq., Stanton Foundation Free Press/National Security Legal Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, will present the 5th Annual Berks County Bar Association Lecture on Contemporary Legal Issues.

World Languages Film Festival #3: Guaraní (2016, 85 min.) by Luis Zorraquin
Wed., Oct. 4, 26
7 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Eleven-year-old Iara and her grandfather go on a road trip from Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to find her mother—now pregnant again—and convince her to come back to their home, language, and traditions. In Guaraní and Spanish with English subtitles.  Discussion follows the screening. The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.  

Choral Pops
Sat., Oct. 7
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Mane Men, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale—deliver unforgettable interpretations of popular songs from across the ages. Adlai Binger, conductor.

World Languages Film Festival #4: Pelo malo/Bad Hair (2013, 93 min.) by Mariana Rondón
Tues., Oct. 10
7-9:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Nine-year-old Junior is desperate to straighten his long, curly hair before school picture day. This film explores racism, sexuality, and the sacrifices we make to conform. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Discussion follows the screening. The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Raise the Roof Screening
October 18 2017
7:00 pm, Klein Lecture Hall

Screening of the documentary "Raise the Roof". Raise the Roof provides a window into a time that is often clouded by fictional representations like Fiddler on the Roof and overshadowed by the tragic realities of the 20th century. Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish or Polish, yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, a magnificent wooden 18th century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them, using their hands, old tools and techniques to bring Gwoździec's history, culture, science and art back to life.

World Languages Film Festival #5: Aqui y allá/Here and There (2012, 110 min.) by Antonio Méndez Esparza
Thur., Oct. 19
7-9:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

After many years in the U.S., Pedro returns to his wife and daughters in rural Mexico. Will he realize his dream of becoming a musician, or will harsh economic realities demand sacrifices he won’t—or can’t—make? In Spanish with English subtitles. Discussion follows the screening. The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Music Faculty Showcase
Sun., Oct. 22
3 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Includes performances by Jeffrey Lentz, tenor; Tamara Black, soprano; A.J. Merlino, percussion; Lars Potteiger, piano; and an organ duet by Adlai Binger and Karen Eddinger.

Film Screening and Discussion of Marietta Monpierre's 2011 _Le Bonheur d'Elza_ (_Elza_)
October 23 2017
7:00 pm, Klein Lecture Hall

As part of Albright College's World Languages Film Festival and National French Week, the French Division of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures will screen Mariette Monpierre's critically acclaimed film _Le Bonheur d'Elza_ (_Elza_) on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Klein Lecture Hall. The film follows recent first-generation college graduate Elza as she defies her mother by leaving Paris to return to her native Guadeloupe, an island in the French Caribbean, in search of her long lost father. The film examines some of the complexities and complications of identity in postcolonial France and gives an insider's view to Caribbean culture and landscapes. After the screening, professor Arcana Albright, Ph.D. of the French Division will lead a discussion. The film is in French and will be shown with English subtitles.

A Grave Situation: The First Baptist Cemetery and the Future of Philadelphia's Historical Burials
October 25 2017
4:00 pm. CFA 235

Anna Dhody, Curator of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum and Director of the Mutter Institute, will talk about the discovery of the First Baptist Cemetery of Philadelphia, the legal struggle to protect and preserve the human remains, and what she hopes will come of the legal battle. She will also talk to students about what bones can tell us about the lives of the deceased, and how physical remains can provide historical information that is not necessarily available in documents.

A Colombian Education: Cultural Foundations Lecture
Wed., Oct. 25
7-9:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Andrea Olivares Beltrán, Visiting Instructor of Spanish, will discuss the Colombian educational system and how it uniquely influences and is influenced by national, local and international cultures.

Perle Fine/Marguerite Louppe: New York/Paris
Thur., Oct. 26–Fri., Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

  • Curatorial Lecture with Will Corwin, Thur., Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Reception, Thur., Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition contrasts the lives of two women painters, one working in New York and the other across the Atlantic in Paris, who lived and were active for the same period of time, existing in the parallel art worlds of abstract painters and modernist Paris. Louppe lived from 1902-1988 and Fine from 1905-1988. The exhibition will place emphasis on the artists' work; their style, use of material and aesthetic inspirations, accompanied by a consideration of the art scenes they emerged from and contributed to so vibrantly. Both artists will be represented by a wide variety of paintings and works on paper that will allow viewers to familiarize themselves with one of the stalwarts of the abstract expressionist movement—Fine, and introduce a painter hitherto unknown in the United States, who experimented in the cubist and purist styles—Louppe. Both Louppe and Fine had partners who were active artists as well, and the lively artistic social lives of each couple will be illustrated with letters, photographs and ephemera. Louppe and her husband, the painter Maurice Brianchon, were at the center of a French circle of creatives that included the composer Francis Poulenc, sculptor Ossip Zadkine and the writer Paul Morand, while Fine and her husband, the photographer Maurice Berezov, were part of the abstract expressionist and downtown New York art world. Also highlighted will be both women's struggles to have their work given the same credence as their fellow male artists and the obstacles they faced and transcended, due to sexism.


Candide music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur *
Thur.–Sat., Nov. 2-4, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz, additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (based on the satire by Voltaire)

Monty Python meets Grand Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire in which a young Candide and his friends, Cunegonde, Paquette, Maximillian, Dr. Pangloss, and an old lady (with one buttock), endure one hilarious catastrophe after another as they journey around the world in search of the meaning of life in this “best of all possible worlds.”

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Nov. 2, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Nov. 3, follows show, Roop Hall

Business of Fashion Forum *
Sat., Nov. 4
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $10

Join us for a day of informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch and additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by TBD.

Big Cat Jazz Concert
Fri., Nov. 17
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Symphonic Band Concert
Sat., Nov. 18
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., Nov. 19
3 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Sounds of the Season, a Choral Concert
Sat., Dec. 9
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate the music of the holidays with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale.


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Tues., Jan. 23–Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

  • Artist Lecture, Thur., Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.


6th Annual Albright Improv Festival *
Sat., Feb. 3
Join us for a day of laughter and learning with improvisational comedy troupes from Yocum Institute, West Chester University, and Drexel University, joined by Albright Improv, along with a very special headliner. The afternoon’s roundtable, “Serious Comedy,” will focus on how comedy can compel us to confront matters of great importance.

  • Workshop, noon–4 p.m., Roop Hall, Green Room
  • Mini-Conference, 4–5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Showcase *, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5

Almost, Maine by John Cariani *
Thur.–Sat., Feb. 22–24, 8 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Matt Fotis
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Feb. 22, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Feb. 23, follows show, Roop Hall

MARCH 2018

American Landscape, a Choral Concert
Sat., March 3
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s

APRIL 2018

Music Industry Interview
Fri., April 6
8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

6th Annual Music Business Forum
Sat., April 7
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall

The sixth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals, including: TBD. Lunch provided. FREE for Albright students and prospective students with advance registration required, $10 all others. Questions? Contact amerlino@albright.edu.

The Liar by David Ives adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille *
Thur.–Sat., April 12–14, 8 p.m. & Sun., April 15, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Julia Matthews.

“All the world’s a lie, and all the men and women merely liars,” so says Dorante, the charming young lawyer who can’t open his mouth without telling another whopper. Dorante quickly sets his romantic sights on the beautiful Clarice, or maybe it’s her best friend Lucrece. Which one is which? And which one is secretly engaged to his best friend? Falsehoods fly in this sparkling French comedy by Corneille, newly adapted by David Ives.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., April 12, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., April 13, follows show, Roop Hall

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., April 15
3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Big Cat Jazz Concert
Fri., April 20
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Symphonic Band Concert
Sat., April 21
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre
Mon., April 30
7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

MAY 2018

Emerging Voices from Domino Players Studio
Wed., May 2
7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

  • Scripts and project proposals due, February 23
  • Auditions, March 14 and other dates TBD

Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase *
Sat., May 5
$5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/reserved seating and private reception

  • Exhibition, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert
Sat., May 5
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season.