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Video: The Beat is Sweet


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Lauren Whitehead produced a preview of her senior thesis production, an imagined encounter between Langston Hughes and Federico Garcia Lorca, which was performed Jan. 9-11. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

Performers:
Listen up, folks. I'm one of the members of this group,

Performers:
and I want to tell you what this show is about.

Performers:
It's about me. It's about me.

Performers:
It's about me. It's about me.

Performers:
It's about me. It's about me.

Performers:
It's about me. It's about me.

Lauren Whitehead:
It's about them.

Lauren Whitehead:
This play chronicles the lives of Langston Hughes and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Lauren Whitehead:
From Andalucia, Spain, to New York's Harlem, we travel through a series of

Lauren Whitehead:
memories, dreams and nightmares all extracted from

Lauren Whitehead:
the poetry, plays, essays, lectures...

Amy Gobel:
Audition for the show?

Jerry Peng:
I didn't audition. Did you?

Amy Gobel:
There's a show?

Amy Gobel:
I just heard there was a party going on.

(music)

Performers:
(singing)

Jerry Peng:
Oh yeah, well we did audition. Right? The Triangle show...

Amy Gobel:
Oh yeah!

Videographer:
Why did you guys audition for "The Beat is Sweet"?

Dave Holtz:
Well, I heard the beat was sweet and... (laughter) I like sweet things.

Dave Holtz:
And I like beats.

Performers:
(singing)

Laura Hankin:
I auditioned because I know Lauren,

Laura Hankin:
and she's been talking about this show for a while,

Laura Hankin:
ever since last year, and it sounded really cool, so I wanted to see what it was like.

Performers:
(singing)

Director:
Five, six, seven, eight.

(music)

Irfan Kherani:
There's a whole bunch of dancing in it. A whole bunch of singing in it.

Irfan Kherani:
It's still very focused on acting and on telling a story.

(music)

Manav Lalwani:
I really wanted to do this before I graduated, so I decided to audition.

Manav Lalwani:
And what drew me to this show in particular is the fact that they

Manav Lalwani:
have so many different dance forms.

(music)

Amy Gobel:
For real this time.

Jerry Peng:
The reason why we auditioned was because of Lauren. Lauren has been a great

Jerry Peng:
director. A great person. A great friend. A great everything.

Jerry Peng:
So, I knew nothing about this play, but I knew Lauren, so that's why I auditioned.

Amy Gobel:
I actually managed to read the fine print. Acting, dancing,

Amy Gobel:
singing, French-language speaking. Not so much Spanish.

Amy Gobel:
I can't do Spanish. But, I was like, wow!

Amy Gobel:
Everything I love in one production. And it's worked out so far.

Lauren Whitehead:
Dive into the writer's mind and

Lauren Whitehead:
follow the pen. The beat is sweet.

Lauren Whitehead:
Are you listening?

Performers:
(singing)

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