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4 Seniors brew up a reinvented production of ‘Macbeth’

Four seniors gathered around their ‘cauldron’ of a show, each adding their own ingredients and flair. The result was an experimental, redefined “Macbeth” (1623), which intentionally diverted from the standard practice of show-making. These seniors are Tatyana Emery, Caitlin Morley, Margaret Parish and Abi Steinberg. Coming together for the completion of Emery’s thesis and Morley’s and Steinberg’s capstone, the group struck down the traditional rehearsal process, eliminating the role of the director and reformulating the power structures within theater.



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'Tick, Tick... Boom!' celebrates the legacy of theater composition

On Nov. 26, legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim died. Sondheim leaves behind a changed fate for the modern musical, having reinvented the standard with classics such as “Into The Woods” (1987), “Company” (1970) and “West Side Story” (1957). Just a week before Sondheim’s passing, “Tick, Tick… Boom!” was released on Netflix. The film celebrates musical theater and composers, namely through the original writer Jonathan Larson. These two consecutive events call on us to reminisce upon the icons of composition and reinvestigate the simple joys of live theater. 


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Daily Week Senior Profile: Stephanie Hoechst

During her time in Arts, Hoechst has covered everything from on-campus theater productions to the most popular movies of the year. She has written an impressive 48 articles, edited countless more and spent a semester as Executive Arts Editor, during which she helped to grow the section.


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Keep the Cameras Rolling: The distribution dilemma

What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? Thus is the state of movies in 2020. It’s difficult to understate how profound an effect COVID-19 has had on the film industry; after a historic year in 2019, with Disney alone producing several, billion-dollar movies, major theater chains are now struggling just to stay in business.




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Learning from love and loss in 'The Last Five Years'

Is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Torn Ticket II’s fall minor production of "The Last Five Years" cast doubt on the old adage. The one-night engagement starred seniorNick Jodka and sophomore Francesca Viggiani as Jamie and Cathy, respectively, two ...


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20th anniversary 'Rent' tour stops in Boston

The 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” had its final performance at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, on Nov. 10. From its very first show at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1993, “Rent” has won several musical awards over the years and was adapted into a movie featuring most of the original cast members ...



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New Faculty Q&A: Meghan Pearson

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Hailing from Syracuse, N.Y., Meghan Pearson is a lecturer and costume shop supervisor who began teaching at Tufts thissemester. The Tufts Daily spoke to her to learn about her background, interest in costume design and theater, ...


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24 Hour Play Festival is a change of scenery

This Friday evening, a cabal of student dramatists will seal themselves off from the light of day for a full 24 hours to complete a Herculean trial of wits and wills. But this isn't the congregation of a shadowy cult to the dramatic arts; it’s the 24 Hour Play Festivalhosted by Pens, Paints, and ...


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Senior Profile: Abby Schmidt

Disclaimer: Abby Schmidt is a contributing writer for the Tufts Daily. Schmidt was not involved in the writing or editing of this article.For some seniors, going to Tufts was about a change of place. “I’ve always loved traveling and seeing new places,” Abby Schmidt said. In an open study room ...




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Central Square Theater’s 'Frankenstein' reclaims its monster

Content warning: This article mentions sexual assault. Frankenstein’s monster, as he is known today in popular culture, is a far cry from the philosophically and morally tortured being created by Mary Shelley in the novel that jump-started the genre of science fiction. Two hundred years after the publication ...


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Q&A: Visiting Artist and director Bridget Kathleen O'Leary discusses upcoming university production, 'Violet'

Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (BKO): [The play] is set in 1964, right after the Civil Rights [Act of 1964] has passed ... It’s kind of looking at the external scar that [Violet] carries and what it is for [Flick] to travel through the world as a black man in the '60s ... It is of great cost to him to be a black man out in the world, and she is struggling to be a woman that does not believe she has external beauty. There is this really beautiful refrain in a couple of the songs that they both sing, where they say, "Look at me." "Really look at me" is what they ask of each other. It’s this idea of "can you see beyond the exterior to get to the heart of who I am."


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Tufts Creatives: Think fast

Coming to Tufts with minimal improv experience under her belt, sophomore Isabel Schneider was terrified when she auditioned for Cheap Sox at the beginning of her first year. However, Isabel is now an integral member of the improv troupe and looks forward to its musical performance, “The Sound of ...