'Spring Awakening' to come to Gammage stage

December 20, 2010

The second national tour of the acclaimed “Spring Awakening” is coming to the http://asugammage.com/" target="_blank">ASU Gammage stage Jan. 27-28. A rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same name, this rendition will don a new cast but keep with the same staging and choreography that have served to define the Broadway hit musical.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show “explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood” in late-19th century Germany, where youth and rebellion help to usher in a cultural shift in the way people think about education, individual rights and sexuality. “Spring Awakening” is appropriate for teenage audiences and older, as it includes mature themes, sexual situations and strong language.   

Michael Linden, one of the show’s ensemble members, says that audiences will get the luxury of seeing a “fresh” show each night as the relentless tour schedule practically delivers the cast to a new city every other day, keeping the cast members “on their toes.”

"It’s tiring, but fun,” says Linden, a recent MFA graduate who recently joined the cast. "It keeps the show fresh. Audiences change depending on what state you’re in – there’s a completely different response from Wisconsin to Illinois.”

Despite the show’s 1800s-roots, "Spring Awakening" is undoubtedly contemporary, and draws audiences similar to those of “Avenue Q” and “Rent.” Linden says this is because the music, itself, is modern.

“What’s really vital in Broadway is a parallel to what is happening in music nowadays,” Linden says. “The music in ‘Spring Awakening’ is really contemporary while the language and style of the play suits 1891. But in this show we also break from that – we’re mashing up classical text and everyday music. It’s reflective of what we listen to on the radio.”

Linden also has found that despite the fact that “Spring Awakening” is a story from and about a different era – an era that is completely foreign to young theatergoers nowadays – the show still remains relevant.  

“Kids open up,” Linden says. “The show really draws people in.”

To learn more about the show, or to buy tickets, click http://asugammage.com/shows/2010-11-asu-gammage-presents/spring-awakening" target="_blank">here. Performances of “Spring Awakening” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Jan. 27 and 7 p.m., Jan. 28. Download Full Image

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Blogging from Dubai

December 20, 2010

Students to learn in tech-savvy city

Dubai, one of the seven states in the United Arab Emirates, is a technological oasis in the desert. The earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095, and the earliest settlement known as Dubai town dates from 1799. Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. It thrives in a brutal climate and attracts visitors from around the world because of the way its technologies are employed to protect, thrill and inspire awe. Download Full Image

To take advantage of the learning opportunities in Dubai’s technologically rich environment, two faculty members with ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), Jameson">http://www.cspo.org/about/people/wetmore.htm">Jameson Wetmore and Mary">http://www.cspo.org/about/people/parmentier-mary-jane.htm">Mary Jane Parmentier, will teach a winter school there, Jan. 2-16.  They and their students will be blogging daily on CSPO’s Soapbox">http://www.cspo.org/soapbox/">Soapbox about their experiences, and you are invited to join the conversation.

“Most of the students will likely experience a fair amount of culture shock,” said Jameson Wetmore, who also is an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. “Writing about these experiences can significantly help them make sense of the world they are exploring and can give others a window into their journey.”

The class, offered through the Study">https://studyabroad.asu.edu/">Study Abroad Office and sponsored by School of Letters & Sciences and School of Sustainability, will use Dubai and nearby Abu Dhabi as a classroom to better understand the relationship between technology and social change. The various building projects in and around Dubai will be used as case studies of how technology can be used to shape human interactions. In particular these issues will be explored with an eye to sustainability – how can one build a sustainable city in the desert?

In addition to online and classroom sessions, the group will tour some of the city’s landmarks, meet with local officials who are building this city of the future, and explore nearby areas that have taken a different approach to living in the desert. Students also will gain a background in Arabic and Islamic culture, Middle Eastern history, and the current political system of the United Arab Emirates.

For more information about CSPO, visit CSPO.org.">http://www.cspo.org/">CSPO.org.