Shakespeare With Puppets, 81 Hours In An Elevator, & Setting Chekhov To Music

Our annual trip to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.

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David Chambers
David Chambers is the director of “My Friend's Story,” a chamber opera inspired by Anton Chekhov’s short story, “Terror.” (Running June 19 and 20 at 8 pm in the Iseman Theater.) Photo:Chion Wolf
Chris Arnott
Chris Arnott is the “New Haven Theater Jerk.” He’s also a theater critic for the Advocate Weekly Papers and the lead writer for the Daily Nutmeg. Photo:Chion Wolf
Akiya Henry
Akiya Henry is playing Hermia in Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Running through June 23rd at the University Theater on York Street) Photo:Chion Wolf
Mary Lou Aleskie
Mary Lou Aleskie is executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. Photo:Chion Wolf
Aaron Jafferis
Aaron Jafferis is a librettist for Stuck Elevator. (Running June 20th through June 29 at the Long Wharf Theater, Stage II, at 222 Sargent Drive.) Photo:Chion Wolf
David Chambers
Martin Bresnick is the composer for “My Friend's Story,” a chamber opera inspired by Anton Chekhov’s short story, “Terror.” (Running June 19 and 20 at 8 pm in the Iseman Theater.) Photo:Chion Wolf
Shakespeare With Puppets, 81 Hours In An Elevator, & Setting Chekhov To Music
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Shakespeare With Puppets, 81 Hours In An Elevator, & Setting Chekhov To Music
Last night I went I went to the movies. And it was a nice movie. "What Maisey Knew." But I was kind of "meh." I've seen this before. Think about it. When was the last time a new movie really rocked your world? I've seen some great documentaries, and some interesting foreign films, but I feel like that medium is kind of temporarily static.
 
Live performances, meanwhile, have been knocking me out on a regular basis, and the latest one to do so was "Midsummer Night's Dream" right here at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.
 
We're live from The Study on Chapel Street today, and we're using this opportunity to talk about the ways live performance seems to be exploding its own categories and our expectations right now. I think we're living in a moment when the performing arts are putting every option on the table.
 
You can join the conversation. E-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.