“Rent” Musical Explores Societal Taboos, Offers Realistic Lessons

By Kiley Krzyzek

Touching on a range of issues as broad as the many talented voices, the Department of Theatre’s production of Rent last week was phenomenal.

Rent follows the story of struggling artists and homeless young adults trying to make a living in New York City, all while facing issues with relationships, disease and addictions.

 

The rock musical explored, “taboo subjects: gay marriage, HIV/AIDS and people in society who are looked down upon,” said Nick Carrano, freshman, ensemble.

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Hip-Hop Acts Dominate Spring Concert

By Navindra Persuad

A regular rowdy crowd set the tone for last Satruday’s Spring Concert in Kaiser Gymnasium. Between all of the chaos, the performances proved to be quite entertaining.

 

Despite the wet and rainy weekend weather and the short line before doors opened, the concert started filling up quickly as tickets were still attainable at the Kaiser Will Call Office. There were also over 100 students in attendance from Post University according to an official who asked for directions to will call.

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CCSU’s Own John Tulley Hosts Semester’s Final Edition of ‘Central Authors’

By Kevin Jachimowicz

 

Wednesday afternoon marked the final edition of this semester’s Central Authors Lecture series, held in the CCSU Bookstore. This episode featured professor John Tulley, who was given an enthusiastic introduction by CCSU’s own Dr. Gil Gigliotti, a Professor of early American literature in the English Department at the university.

The event took place towards the back of the bookstore, and chairs were aligned, audience-style, for the arriving crowd. Tulley’s own parents even happened to be in attendance. Professor and author, John Tulley, was here to discuss one of his published works in his Understanding and Teaching series, this one being “Understanding and Teaching: The Vietnam War.” Fresh bags of popcorn were handed out upon arrival to the completely free event, and was surprisingly delicious. A paper with a few paragraphs and also bearing the famous photograph of the execution of a Vietcong prisoner by General Loan, was also handed out as Tulley was about to begin his lecture and discussion.

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Annual Charity Drag Ball is Success with Huge Turnout

By: Kiley Krzyzek

The annual Drag Ball for charity took place during last Thursday inside of the Devils Den at 10pm. Both professional drag queens and student amateurs volunteered to perform to a song, which consisted of: posing, dancing, strutting around, and interacting with the cheering crowd who threw dollar bills in their direction. The event, which was sponsored by Pride and raised money for Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective was a huge success, and a blast for everyone who was in attendance, which was a huge turn out.

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“The Illusion” Dazzles Spectators & Actors Alike

By Kiley Krzyzek

It was all an illusion, thanks to last week’s theater performances at the black-box theater in Maloney Hall.

The Illusion, by playwright Tony Kushner, tells the story of a father, Pridamant, who learns what became of his estranged son through glimpses revealed by a magician, only to realize that these were memories from theatrical performances.

“A man who is close to death comes to a magician’s cave to seek out the truth of what happened to his son, who ran away as a young boy.  The magician proceeds to show him three episodes from his son’s life as he gets older. You find out at the end all the scenes have been plucked from theatrical performances.  It’s really a testament to how theater evokes emotions that surprise people and [how] it’s really irrevocably changed them.” explained Ashley Malloy in detail, who played the role of Alcandre, the magician.

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Alum Biographer William Mann Comes Back to Campus

Writing Hollywood, a talk hosted by author and CCSU Alum William Mann, took place on March 4 in the Elihu Burritt library.

Mann, a 1984 CCSU history graduate, spoke of his discoveries through writing biographies of famed Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn. Mann penned “Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand”. With his reasearch and writing, Mann gained insight about the creation of celebrities.

Barbra Streisand is a singer and actress whose career began in the 1960s with simply determination and talent, pushing her way into fame.

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