Michael Landweber ’92 (Photo: Courtesy Coffeetown Press)
New book: We, by Michael Landweber ’92 (Coffeetown Press)
The author: An associate editor at the Potomac Review, Landweber also is a contributor on film and TV for Pop Matters. He has worked for The Japan Times, the State Department, and the nonprofit Partnership for a Secure America. Currently, he is a senior adviser at the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.
The novel: In this debut novel, the narrator — 42-year-old Ben — finds himself thrust back in time after an accident, transported inside the brain of his younger seven-year-old self, in the house where he grew up. Ben realizes that it is three days before his sister’s attack. In order to avert that tragedy, Ben needs to convince “Binky,” his younger self, to listen.
Tina deVaron ’78 (Photo: Judy Schiller)
The show: At Tunes with Tina, Tina deVaron ’78 plays the piano and sings songs while children and their families can sing and dance along.
Dates and location: Sunday Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. and all Sundays through Jan. 5, at Langham Place, 400 Fifth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), in Manhattan.
Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07 (Photo: Courtesy Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07)
New book: A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History, edited by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman *07 and Rakefet Zalashik (Sussex Academic Press)
The editors: An assistant professor of Jewish studies and law, and of religious studies at Vanderbilt University, Ackerman-Lieberman is an expert in Jewish and Islamic Law. His forthcoming book is The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt. Zalashik is a post-doctoral fellow at the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University and the guest professor for science and Jewish studies at the Eidenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich.
The book: The essays in this volume explore how Jews have viewed dogs through history. The pieces look at different periods and communities and the ways that the “image of the dog has been used as a foil for Jewish otherness itself.” The image of the dog, the editors conclude, is “ultimately a mirror image of Jewish self-understanding as a marginalized group through history.” The essay by Ackerman-Lieberman illuminates the role of the dog in Jewish life in the classical Islamic world.
Phoenix Gonzalez ’11 plays Queen Jane and Aaron Gaines plays her husband, Guilford, in Marvin Cheiten *71’s play at Hamilton Murray Theater. (Photo: Courtesy Marvin Cheiten *71)
New work: Queen Jane, a play by Marvin Harold Cheiten *71, premiers tomorrow in Princeton. The play stars Phoenix Gonzalez ’11 in the title role, is directed by Dan Berkowitz ’70, and is stage-managed by Alexandra Mannix ’12. Ben Schaffer ’11 is the set designer.
Dates and location: August 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. August 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton’s campus.
The playwright and director: Cheiten, who lives in Princeton, premieres a new play nearly every summer at Hamilton Murray Theater, collaborating with Berkowitz. Based in California, Berkowitz is a playwright; director and producer of plays, musicals, and cabaret revues; and co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Among Cheiten’s plays have been Zenobia, Miss Connections, Touching a Goddess, and Oh Deer!! Queen Jane is Cheiten’s 10th play produced at the theater.
Becca Foresman ’10 as the maid and Adam Zivkovic ’11 as the valet in Half. (Photo: Dominique Salerno)
New work: The play Half — written by Becca Foresman ’10; starring Foresman and Adam Zivkovic ’11; directed by Cara Tucker ’12; and staged managed by Christina Henricks ’13 — is being performed at the New York International Fringe Festival this month.
Location and dates: August 10 (at noon), 13 (at 4:30 p.m.), 17 (at 9 p.m.), 21 (at 4:45 p.m.), and 22 (at 9:30 p.m.), at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, in Manhattan’s East Village.
The artists: An assistant to the poetry editor at The New Yorker, Foresman has performed with the Pig Iron Company and Ensemble Dance Company, and does improv. Zivkovic is an actor, dancer, and choreographer who has appeared with De Funes Dance, Ensemble Dance, and Sightline Theater. A director, playwright, and producer, Tucker has worked with New Paradise Laboratories, The Riot Group, and McCarter Theatre. Henricks was vice president of Princeton University Players and stage-managed musicals and works of Shakespeare at Princeton.
Boardwalk on Mini-Cooper, Rockaway Beach, N.Y., October 2012, Chromogenic Print, Susannah Ray (Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Benrubi Gallery)
New work: “What Are the Wild Waves Saying,” an exhibition of 14 photographs by Susannah Ray ’94 with audio by Jen Poyant
The artist: Ray, who lives in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y., began photographing landscapes as a student at Princeton. Later, she began to see landscape photography “as a kind of geography, a visual rendering of the complicated nexus of geology, history, and ideology.” Ray collaborated with Poyant, a fellow Rockaway resident and WNYC senior producer, on “What Are the Wild Waves Saying.”