The summer months are winding down. It's late July, and you have a little over a month before your days of sipping mint juleps on the front porch must come to an end and you will return to the Gothic Wonderland. The good news is that there is a way to make the transition a little easier. With a multitude of arts events at Duke this fall, there will be many opportunities to escape the daily grind of classes and activities--not to mention good ways to avoid answering the dreaded "How was your summer?" question. From poetry to theater to music, there are plenty of arts offerings not to be overlooked this fall. You can begin eying your escapes now by reading about the events listed bellow.
The Shenandoah Shakespeare Festival will kick off the season this year and bring the Bard to Duke on September 25 with performances of The Comedy of Errors and Henry V. Then Hoof On' Horn--Duke's totally student-run musical production group--will perform the Tony-nominated The Wild Party beginning October 18.
Next, the Duke Players will produce Our Country's Good, set to open October 26. The play, which won the Olivier Award in 1988, tells the story of the production of the first play in the Botany Bay Colony, which is Sydney, Australia today.
Two other student groups, the Duke Players Lab Theatre and Where's Gus, also promise fall productions, though specifics are not yet available.
On September 9, the Mallame Chamber Players and the Classical Indian Music and Dance Society will present "Ragas to Riches," featuring Eastern music played on traditional instruments as well as Western music with an Eastern influence.
On September 29, Duke's own resident string foursome, The Ciompi Quartet, will open its season in Reynolds Theatre performing music by Beethoven, Schubert and a new work by Malcom Peyton.
The Gypsy Caravan 2 comes to town Oct. 6, featuring four different dance and music groups from India, Macedonia, Romania and Spain. Complete with Flamenco dancing, this celebration of Roma music and dance should be exciting.
On September 20, Carl Hancock Rux will begin his two-night engagement performing his poems, stories and music in Sheafer Theatre. Called "No Black Male Show," the performance is a controversial four-person piece focusing on racist sociological issues.
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