HANOVER, NH—Summer 2017 offers ample pickings at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, with five free performances on the Dartmouth Green, concerts by folk legend John Prine and rising star Rhiannon Giddens, and screen offerings include an edgy film series and a sneak preview by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
In addition is the Summer 2017 crop of new and developing theatrical works offered throughout the summer through the Dartmouth Department of Theater, including an August series involving the New York Theatre Workshop.
Thursday, June 29, 4:30 & 7 pm, Dartmouth Green, FREE: world premiere of Doggie Hamlet by Ann Carlson, an outdoor spectacle celebrating rural traditions and featuring human and animal (sheep and sheep dogs!) performers. Watch the show or take part in some of the many related outreach activities involving reading, learning dance, seeing a film or learning about sheepherding, hands-on!
Saturday, July 1, 7 pm: National Theatre Live HD video screening of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Imelda Staunton stars in this intoxicating revival of Edward Albee’s stunning black comedy, brought via HD video from the London stage.
Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 pm, Dartmouth Green, FREE: Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band. The first event of this summer’s Free For All series of concerts and movies features this Grammy-nominated accordionist fresh from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. His covers and originals promise a rockin’ zydeco set.
Wednesday, July 5, through Saturday, July 8, FREE: VoxFest 2017. Dartmouth Theater Department alumni and current students present new theatrical works. Check the department’s website for updates.
Sunday, July 9, 4 pm, : National Theatre Live HD video screening of Peter Pan. With truly inspired casting—including a chilling Anna Francolini as Mrs. Darling/Captain Hook—this inventive, playful production celebrates the hero’s devotion to fun, but remains true to the melancholy spirit of JM Barrie’s play about the boy who never grows up.
Wednesday, July 12, 5 pm, Alumni Hall, FREE: 2017/2018 Season Launch Party. Enjoy Canoe Club snacks and beverages as you learn about the artists coming to the Hop in 2017/2018—and the discounts available for early ticket-buying!
Thursday, July 13, 7 pm: The Vietnam War, with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick present an exclusive evening of highlights from their new series The Vietnam War, followed by a post-screening discussion. It’s always a mental tonic when Burns and company share preview of their incredible filmic forays into American history and culture.
Saturday, July 22, 7 pm, and Sunday, August 13, 4 pm, $23: National Theatre Live HD video screening of Angels in America, Part 1. Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane star in this revival of Tony Kushner’s Tony Award-winning drama set in 1980s NYC. Angels in America, Part 2 will be screened Saturday, July 29, 7 pm, and Sunday, August 20, 4 pm.
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 pm, Dartmouth Green, FREE: The second concert in this summer’s Free For All series features a band that’s a legend in its native Cuba but in the US hasn’t played outside of NYC: Latin Grammy-winning Septeto Santiaguero revives that nation’s lithe, rhapsodic ’40s and ’50s dance music. Soaring vocals, a horn line and intoxicating percussion make the band’s son and guarancha music happy, hot and irresistible.
Thursday, July 27, 8 pm: An evening of timeless songs from an American legend and two-time Grammy winner John Prine. A towering legend of American music, Prine reaches straight to the listener’s heart with songs that point out life’s absurdities while cherishing its down-and-out people and places. Prine rarely plays venues as small as Spaulding Auditorium, and he’ll head from Hanover directly to the famed Newport Folk Festival.
Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30: Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival. Come see staged readings and a full production of three award-winning student-written plays: Everything Falls Apart by Jordyn Fitch ’20; Craters, or The Making of The Making of The Moon Landing by Elise Wien ’17 and If It Isn’t You by Tess McGuinness ’18.
Wednesday, August 2, 8 pm: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens traces 200 years of African American stories through eloquent folk originals. Giddens first entranced Hop-goers in 2008 as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing African American Appalachian music. Now the wider world—including Broadway and TV’s Nashville—has discovered her dazzling voice and instrumental skill, elegant bearing and fierce passion for social justice. The evening features her latest album, Freedom Highway, which was made with revered roots master Dirk Powell, a performer on this tour.
Saturdays, Aug. 5, 12 & 19, 4 & 7:30 pm: New York Theatre Workshop New Works in Progress: Grab a ringside seat on what’s new in theater! Fresh from a May gala celebrating its 25-year partnership with Dartmouth, acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop presents six new works-in-progress by some of today’s most interesting playwrights and directors.
Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 pm. Dartmouth Green, FREE: The third concert in the Free For All series, Ghana-born musician and activist Rocky Dawuni is known for upbeat reggae anthems move feet and unite generations and cultures.
Sunday, August 6, 4 pm: HD video screening of Exhibition on Screen – Michelangelo: Love and Death. From the statue of David to the Pietà to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, this cinematic journey celebrates the life and works of the Renaissance art genius.
Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 pm, Spaulding Auditorium, FREE: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). The last event in the Free For All series, this beloved classic musical centers on an apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury), three kids and a cynical conman (David Tomlinson) search for a magic spell, critical to defending Britain from the Nazis.