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Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (Broadcast in HD)

Apr 2

Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.


Acafest 2016

Apr 2

Acafest 2016 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Hosted by the Monmouth University Sea Sharps. Join us April 2, for the a cappella concert of the year. With the help of the brothers from AKPSI, a portion of proceeds will benefit Habit for Humanity.


Laurence Juber

Apr 1

Laurence Juber 

Wilson Auditorium - 8 PM

Fusing folk, jazz, pop and classical styles, Two-time GRAMMY winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Lead guitarist for Paul McCartney's Wings, Juber is a world-class guitar virtuoso solo artist, composer and arranger. Laurence Juber has released 18 critically acclaimed solo albums, including Guitarist and PCH. His solo CD, Pop Goes Guitar, includes the arrangement of Stand By Me that was heard nationally in the 'Diamonds Are Forever' commercial. His last release, Wooden Horses, showcases LJ's compositions for solo guitar, and his latest CD is LJ Plays The Beatles Vol.2, a follow-up to Vol 1 which is one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's' all-time Top Ten acoustic albums. Juber is featured on the CD Poppin' Guitars, a tribute to the music of the Sherman Brothers, and can be seen in the documentary film, The Brothers, about those celebrated Disney composers. Performance will be followed by a followed by Q&A from Monmouth’s Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Kenneth Womack.


Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus (Broadcast Live in HD)

Mar 31

Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval. Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, along with Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina and Vladislav Lantratov as Crassus.


First Senior Show – Fine Art, Art Education, & Animation

Mar 25-Apr 2

First Senior Show – Fine Art, Art Education, & Animation 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Fine Art, Art Education, and Animation.

Free Event


National Theatre Live: As You Like It (Broadcast in HD)

Mar 24

National Theatre Live: As You Like It (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.


Charlotte’s Web SOLD OUT

Mar 22

Charlotte’s Web SOLD OUT 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

SOLD OUT-- New show added at 12:15 pm. Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.


Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield

Mar 22

Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Jane Hirshfield’s poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence—desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, the many dimensions of our connection with others and the wider community of creatures and objects with which we share our lives. Demonstrating with quiet authority what it means to awaken into the full capacities of attention, her work sets forth a hard-won affirmation of our human fate. Described by The New York Times as “radiant and passionate” and by other reviewers as “ethically aware,” “insightful and eloquent,” and as conveying “succinct wisdom,” her subjects range from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific to subtle unfoldings of daily life and experience. Her book of essays on the “mind of poetry” and her several collections presenting and co-translating the work of poets from the past have become classics in their fields. An intimate, profound, and generous master of her art, Hirshfield has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College, and elsewhere, and her many appearances at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in this country and abroad have been highly acclaimed.

Free Event


World Cinema Series: Monsieur Lazhar

Mar 22

World Cinema Series: Monsieur Lazhar 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Philippe Falardeau's "Monsieur Lazhar" (2011) (PG-13). At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Free Event


Charlotte's Web

Mar 22

Charlotte's Web 

Pollak Theatre - 12:15 PM

Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.


MET OPERA: Manon Lescaut (Encore)

Mar 20

MET OPERA: Manon Lescaut (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Roberto Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24


Songwriters By The Sea

Mar 19

Songwriters By The Sea 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

Distinguished NJ Songwriters Joe Rapolla and Joe D’Urso are back this year hosting the celebrated Songwriters by the Sea series at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. What once started in a small coffee shop as an area for local songwriters has now grown into a series that features some of the top songwriters in the country. This year, the show features a twist of rock music and country music. The rock music is courtesy of Eric Bazilian, founding member of the rock band Hooters. Bazilian is also known internationally for his efforts as a Grammy nominated songwriter, as well as being an arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Singing-songwriting duo Williams Honor will bring a bit of the country to Woods Theatre. The duo have exploded in Asbury Park’s music scene, and features producer and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Brown and performer powerhouse Reagan Richards. The two previously have worked and toured with many national acts before coming together to form the Jersey Shore's first ever country duo. They're about to release their first single to country radio "Send It To Me" from their debut album. Opening the show will be Monmouth University students Daniel Amato and Brittany Cannarozzi. There will be a pre-show hospitality reception at 7:00pm and post show reception (included with ticket price)!


GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR: Act Like A Feminist Artist

Mar 9

GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR: Act Like A Feminist Artist 

Pollak Theatre - 1:15 PM

Aphra Behn shares her experiences as a feminist activist and artist for almost 20 years as a member of Guerrilla Girls (1997-2001) and Guerrilla Girl On Tour! (2001 – present). Revealing the inside workings of the grassroots groups, she discusses the successes (protests; fax blitzes; speak-outs and street theatre); the struggles (hate mail; death threats; backlash) and the downright defeats (sabotage; infighting). Act Like a Feminist Artist 
is a 60 to 90 minute interactive talk, audience members will be challenged to rethink the concepts of what it means to be an “activist,” “artist,” and “feminist.” The talk is framed with readings from Aphra’s upcoming memoir, “UN/MASKED, My Secret Identity Revealed” (Skyhorse Publications, October 2016.) A lively Q and A will follow the talk.

Free Event


On Screen In Person: REBEL

Mar 7

On Screen In Person: REBEL 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

One of the thousand women said to have fought in the Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez altered her sex, ethnicity, and identity in order to become a Confederate soldier spy and double agent for the Union, only to be dismissed as a hoax after revealing her story in her scandalous 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. REBEL is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

Free Event


Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo

Mar 6

Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo 

Pollak Theatre - 2 PM

Imago Theatre, best known for FROGZ is proud to announce its latest family hit ZooZoo, a whimsical, terrifically silly family show that has delighted audiences nationwide with its giggle-inducing short vignettes performed without words to an original score—a perfect theatre experience for children. ZooZoo is a circus, a zoo, and a world all its own, where penguins play musical chairs, a cat becomes trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos have insomnia, and anteaters work as waiters—all resulting in a madcap revue of illusion, comedy, and fun. Imago’s shows have been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. Recommended for ages 3 and older.