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A Broad Abroad: The episodes of a student studying in Europe come to the stage at Princeton


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater presents A Broad Abroad, a senior thesis production written and featuring Olivia Stoker and directed by R.N. Sandberg. Performances will be held at the Whitman Class of 1970 Theater at Princeton University on January 7 - 9 at 8:00 p.m. with an additional 10:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 8, 2011.

A Broad Abroad is a series of episodes from the life of a (strangely familiar) character named Olivia Quinn Stabile Stoker. Princeton’s senior thesis productions offer students the opportunity to write, direct, act, or design under the guidance of our professional faculty and staff, as well as to test the skills they have honed in the classroom in the public arena. Olivia Stoker, an Italian major with certificates in both Theater and Jazz Vocal Performance, created the one-woman play with songs as part of her Italian and Theater senior thesis. In the show, we see Olivia learn Italian while living in Italy, travel around Europe encountering bizarre people in ridiculous situations, and face the Italian and Irish heritage embedded in her four names. Stoker calls the stories "simultaneously autobiographical and completely fictional." She was inspired by the people she met while studying abroad in Italy and England, and also while traveling to France and Ireland.

"All the stories and characters in A Broad Abroad are based on Commedia dell’arte ideas and character archetypes. I spent a month this past summer in Reggio Emilia (Italy) learning the Italian theater form Commedia dell’arte in preparation for this project, where I join a physical kind of storytelling with my love of singing," said Stoker.

Tickets for A Broad Abroad are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. For advance tickets please call University Ticketing at 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.

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