An Imagined Encounter Between
Langston Hughes and Federico Garcia Lorca
(Princeton, NJ) Princeton University student Lauren Whitehead '09 presents her senior creative thesis production for the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater and Dance, The Beat is Sweet: Memory of a Broken Dream, at the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio on January 9 through January 11. Featuring theater, music and dance, The Beat is Sweet stages an imagined encounter between Langston Hughes, the famed Harlem Renaissance poet, and Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca.
Although we don’t know if Hughes and Lorca ever met, the fact that Hughes translated Lorca's Blood Wedding inspired Ms. Whitehead to create a theatrical fantasia made-up of a series of dreams and nightmares, contrasted with flashes of reality based on the known events of their lives. As described by Ms. Whitehead, "I want the audience to leave with a deeper understanding of the inner mind of the writer's eye, mysterious and chaotic, and a greater appreciation of the personal story that is the work they leave behind. I want people to listen to the message behind the music, not just the beautiful melody of the poetry, essays and plays that enchant us. The beat is sweet, but the story is timeless."
Lauren Whitehead, a Spanish and Portuguese concentrator pursuing certificates in Theater and Dance, Near Eastern Studies and Latin American Studies, has been a central figure in Princeton University arts over the last few years, working as an actor, director, dancer, stage manager and more for shows with the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton Shakespeare Company, Naacho, and the Black Arts Company: Drama. She has both written and directed The Beat is Sweet: Memory of a Broken Dream.
Performances of The Beat is Sweet are Friday and Saturday January 9 and January 10th at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 11th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public and $8 for students. For advance tickets, please call University Ticketing 609.258.9220.
The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.