Middlebury

A Whirlwind Theatre Trip to NYC

March 17, 2011

In late February, 40 students, faculty and staff from Middlebury's Theatre Program made a pilgrimage to America's theatrical mecca: New York City. Their whirlwind bus trip took them down and back, all on one winter Saturday.

Inside BAM for "The Diary of a Madman"

Their first stop in New York was BAM in Brooklyn, where they took in a matinee of Nicolai Gogol's "The Diary of a Madman," starring acting luminary Geoffrey Rush.

Next, a crowded subway ride, and conversation about the show over dinner.  Table for 40, please?

Last stop: St. Anne's Warehouse, on the waterfront overlooking the city. Students savored a winter vista of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York city skyline before the curtain.

 

Middlebury students and faculty mix with the audience in the St. Ann's Warehouse lobby.

Their evening fare? "Beautiful Burnout," a co-production between award-winning companies Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland.  It's a thrilling new piece of highly physical theatre that immerses the audience in the explosively visceral world of boxing.

The ride home was abuzz with excited discussion, finally winding down in the wee hours of the morning, as the bus finally pulled back into the Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot.

Launch a slideshow of images from the trip>>