Center For the Arts 

Past Outside the Box Theater Series

The Outside the Box Theater Series, presented by the Theater Department and the Center for the Arts, features groundbreaking theater performances and discussions.

Previous Outside the Box Theater Series performances and speakers have included Anonymous Ensemble, Amiri Baraka and Blue Ark, Ang Gey Pin, Anne Bogart, Awaji Puppet Theater Company, Bill Irwin, Bill Rauch of Cornerstone Theater Company, Bintang Bali, Biro,  Catherine Filloux, Charles Mee, The Civilians, Coco Fusco, DAH Theatre, Dan Froot, Dan Hurlin, Dario Fo & Franca Rame, David Henry Hwang, Dewey Dell, Ellen Stewart, Great Small Works, Javon Johnson, Lee Breuer, Mabou Mines, Marco Baliani, Moises Kaufman, The Neo-Futurists, Peter Brook's “The Grand Inquisitor,” Peter Schumann, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Reno’s “Rebel Without a Pause,” Rhodessa Jones, Rinde Eckert, Roger Guenever Smith, Sarah Jones, Sarah Ruhl, Shosha Goren, SITI Company, Spalding Gray, Tommy Derrah & Johan Padan, Tony Kushner, The Assembly, The Builders Association, The Wooster Group, and Young Jean Lee.


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February
2015
October September April February
2014
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2016

February

A Talk by Guillermo Calderón
A Talk by Guillermo Calderón
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A talk by playwright and director Guillermo Calderón, one of Chile's most successful contemporary theater artists.
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2015

October

Daniel Beaty performing Mr. Joy
Daniel Beaty performing Mr. Joy
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Mr. Joy, a tour-de-force solo show by award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer Daniel Beaty, explores a Harlem community’s efforts to heal in order to dream again.
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September

Theater After Wesleyan
Theater After Wesleyan
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
Five Wesleyan Theater Department alumni—producer Roberta Pereira '03, director Michael Rau '05, playwright MJ Kaufman '08, producer Rachel Silverman '09, and scenic and properties designer Emmie Finckel '14—talk about their work and careers in theater after Wesleyan. Moderated by Associate Professor of Theater Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento.
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April

What Happens When We Tell a Story: Talk by Quiara Alegría Hudes
What Happens When We Tell a Story: Talk by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theater at Wesleyan University. Her play Water by the Spoonful received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This talk tells the true backstage story of what happened after Ms. Hudes turned her cousin's life into a trilogy of plays. For him, opening night was only the beginning.
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February

Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental: 17 Border Crossings
Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental: 17 Border Crossings
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
The Connecticut premiere of 17 Border Crossings, a solo work written and directed by Thaddeus Phillips based on his actual travel experiences.
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2014

October

Talk by Leigh Fondakowski on her work SPILL
Talk by Leigh Fondakowski on her work SPILL
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall

Playwright Leigh Fondakowski will discuss the development of her newest work, SPILL, a multimedia play about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
“A spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche” (The New York Times) explores the private life, loves, and idiosyncrasies of Susan Sontag in the Connecticut premiere of this solo show.
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The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
“A spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche” (The New York Times) explores the private life, loves, and idiosyncrasies of Susan Sontag in the Connecticut premiere of this solo show.
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September

When You’re Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights - A Talk by Lin-Manuel Miranda
When You’re Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights - A Talk by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall
Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 speaks about the creation of the musical In The Heights during his time at Wesleyan.
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