Events & Performances

  • Lang Theater Productions

    Lang theater productions are as varied as our students. During one semester, students may focus on a classic play; during the next, they may be studying avant-garde styles or working with guest directors to produce original contemporary work. They also have opportunities to mount their own productions through student-organized groups.

    Fall 2016: Blood Wedding

    Directed by  Theodora Skipitares, this unique production featured masks and life-size puppet figures. The Mother has lost in feuds with the Felix family all the men in her family except her youngest son, The Bridegroom. She arranges a wedding with The Bride, who is loved by young Leonardo Felix. He and The Bride run away. Guided by The Beggar Woman (Death) and The Moon (A Young Woodcutter), The Bridegroom overtakes the lovers. He and Leonardo kill each other, leaving The Mother alone in her empty house.

    Spring 2016: Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams

    Designed and directed by  Zishan Ugurlu, associate professor of theater. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Today 2,220,300 adults are incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons and county jails. This is about 0.91 percent of adults (1 in 110) in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,751,400 adults (1 in 51) are on probation or on parole. Today a total of 6,899,000 adults are under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison). This brutal and upsetting prison drama investigates the inhumane prison conditions of the past and present.

    The play itself focuses on a group of inmates who go on a hunger strike in attempt to better their situation. There is also a love story involving the secretary and a handsome inmate.

    Fall 2015: The Sultan's Dilemma

    Directed by Naila Al Atrash. What if a city awoke to learn that the Sultan was in fact a slave and that in order to preserve his rule according to religious law, the Sultan must be sold at public auction and then liberated? Would anyone throw their money away to liberate a ruler? It depends on the ruler; If he was despotic, corrupt, and oppressive, then certainly not. Through hilarious situations and paradoxical events and with wry humor, The Sultan's Dilemma meditates on the nature of sovereignty, satirizes corruption in politics, and reveals how the machinery of government manipulates religion to serve state interests.

    Spring 2015: Life Is a Dream

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life Is a Dream, translated by Edwin Honig, directed by Sharon Fogarty. Set in 17th-century Spain (and 21st-century New York City), Calderón’s play challenges us to question the relationship between prejudice and prophecy. Are our biases self-fulfilling? How free are we to question our fate? Is life an illusion, and how best should we live it?

    Fall 2014: Tartuffe

    Tartuffe, written by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur and performed by Eugene Lang College students. A dynamic, rollicking staging of Tartuffe, Moliere’s classic comedy of hypocrisy and deceit. Tartuffe was banned for five years after it offended church leaders, who may have seen a little bit too much of themselves in the scheming titular character. Taking a page from Moliere’s love of theatrical spectacle, this production incorporates song, dance, cast shadows, and media, creating a layered experience that is both high entertainment and deeply incisive social satire. The actors work in a personalized style that draws upon the continued influence of Commedia dell’Arte, classic American slapstick, and punk rock performativity.

    Spring 2014: Marathon Dancing — Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense

    Conceived and directed by Zishan Ugurlu, Marathon Dancing — Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense explores marathon dancing and applies it to the current economic crisis. An adaptation of Horace McCoy’s novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, the play also presents letters from Americans who, angered by unfair treatment, wrote directly to executives and directors of large banks after the crisis in 2008. Marathon Dancing portrays frustrated citizens who are suffering from sudden financial ruin, which forces violence that is directed both toward others as well as toward ourselves, making us question if life should have some more dignity.

    Fall 2013: Burn the End

    Burn the End a play by Jimmy Maize, is the story of punk poet, prophet, and angel in exile Arthur Rimbaud. Rimbaud blazed a path of scandal through 18th-century Paris and singlehandedly changed the future of poetry, all before his 20th birthday. The play will venture inside the creative mind of this "poet-genius" who lived fast, loved hard, died young, and changed art through a "systematic derangement of the senses." Created from documentary material, biography, poetry, and the music of Patti Smith.

    Spring 2013: Shakespeare's As You Like It

    Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love. Directed by Cecilia Rubino, this production is a classic ensemble version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It

    Fall 2012: One Will Speak/The Other Is Dead

    One Will Speak/The Other Is Dead is a new work written, directed, and designed by Kenneth Sean Collins, the artistic director of Temporary Distortion. Inspired by August Strindberg’s Damascus Trilogy, the nonlinear, looping performance featured installation, video art, and live music.

    Spring 2012: The Judith of Shimoda

    The Judith of Shimoda draws on historical events that occurred after Commodore Perry compelled Japan to open to the West in 1854. The play was first performed in 2008 and has been performed sparingly since. The piece examines the ways society create and tear down its heroes.

    Fall 2011: Our Town

    Our Town by Thorton Wilder, directed by Leon Ingulsrud and performed by Eugene Lang College students, asks what can Thorton Wilder's classic about life in a small New England town have to say to us in New York City in 2011? Is New York City Our Town? Ultimately it is a play about the unchanging nature of life and death and how the true beauty of life is in its smallest moments.

    Spring 2011: From the Fire

    From the Fire is a dramatic oratorio created by the Tony-nominated composer Elizabeth Swados, writer and director Cecilia Rubino, and poet Paula Finn, and designed by Bonnie Roche-Bronfman. It recalls the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and explores its relevance in the 21st century. The piece was mounted and performed by Lang theater students at the historic Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square (two blocks from the former factory site) during the week of the fire's 100th anniversary, March 23-27, 2011. The production was then selected for performances at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won awards for Best Musical, Best Music, and Best New Production. The work continues to receive awards and critical acclaim.

    Fall 2010: Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land

    This is the story of two theater groups mistakenly booked into the same theater for rehearsal, one is performing Secret Love, a serious contemporary drama; the other is performing the farce In Peach Blossom Land. The two groups fight for the stage, and eventually resign to sharing it. In between, chaos ensues, and a mysterious woman roams about the theater searching for a man who may or may not exist. The action takes place at the meeting point of modern Chinese politics, ancient visions, tragedy, and rollicking comedy.

    Dance Productions

    Lang Dance productions are a combination of professional choreographed pieces and historic works staged with students and original student choreography. Current artists in the field are invited each semester to create or renew classic works with Lang students. Exceptional student work developed in class is selected for performances at both formal and informal events, open to family, friends and the general public.

    Dance Performances at The New School and New York Live Arts

    Twice each year, the department produces a student performance, the first on campus at Tishman Auditorium and the second at New York Live Arts. The performance is a culmination of a semester's work and showcases choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists, in spring including a new original work created by students or by a modern dance luminary as part of our annual dance residency.

    College Partnership Program: In Progress Showing and Performance Lab

    Every semester two exceptional examples of student choreography are chosen to be exhibited at an evening of student performances as part of the College Partnership Program. Besides being able to publicly debut their work, selected students receive valuable feedback from dance professionals. College Partnership performances take place in leading institutions that promote contemporary dance, such as Dance New Amsterdam or Live Arts NYC.

    Visual Studies Exhibits

    The Skybridge Art and Sound Space

    The Skybridge space is central to Lang's visual arts program as a showcase for student and faculty work, visiting artists' projects, and site-specific installations. This wall of a third-floor walkway between buildings overlooks the lovely Vera List courtyard. The space physically and conceptually links Eugene Lang College with the rest of The New School.

    The Skybridge Art and Sound Space is curated by students in the Skybridge Curatorial Courses, a series of workshop/seminar classes offered each semester. It is a vibrant and exciting series for visual studies and critical thinking. Students work on several distinct aspects of management of the gallery space: developing exhibition concepts, producing informational materials, public relations, installation, and archiving. Field trips to museums and art galleries and readings in curatorial practices enrich the classes and provide background knowledge for exhibition projects.

    For more information about the Skybridge Curatorial Courses, contact