Rotimi Agbabiaka’s Middlebury visit is a student-initiated residency spearheaded by Akhila Khanna ’17, supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports student opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experiences in the performing arts. It is also supports by Chellis House and Women of Color.
March 9, Thursday
Performed by Rotimi Agbabiaka
8:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
A queer, black actor dreams of a dazzling career on the American stage but first he’ll have to leap over obstacles placed by an industry that isn’t always welcoming to applicants who are neither white nor straight. Based on Rotimi Agbabiaka’s real life experience as a professional actor, Type/Caste is a fast paced and humorous journey into the peaks, pitfalls and hallucinations of a young artist’s quest for success in a gentrified and commercialized industry. Agbabiaka shape-shifts from character to character and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre. Hailed as “a spectacular, neon-drenched coup-de-theatre” by 48 Hills magazine. Agbabiaka’s Middlebury visit is a student-initiated residency spearheaded by Akhila Khanna ’17, supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, Chellis House, and Women of Color. Free. Open to Middlebury ID card holders only.
March 10, Friday
Master Class by Rotimi Agbabiaka: Techniques of Telling your own Story
2:00-5:00 PM, MCA Room 232
Actor/writer/director Rotimi Agbabiaka offers a theatre master class for Middlebury College students following his Type/Caste performance the previous evening. Free. Middlebury ID card holders can sign up here>> to participate.
Rotimi Agbabiaka was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Katy, Texas at the age of fourteen where he stumbled upon a theatre audition while waiting for his mom to pick him up after school. He got cast in the pivotal role of “Hotel Clerk” in Douglas Carter Beane’s “As Bees In Honey Drown” and has never looked back.
After studying English, Economics and Plan II at the University of Texas – Austin, Rotimi reliquinshed all plans for future financial stability and braved the frozen cornfields of the mid-west to earn an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University.
He then moved to sometimes sunny San Francisco where he has performed in a variety of venues – from historical musical revues (Beach Blanket Babylon) to local parks (with the San Francisco Mime Troupe) to museums (The DeYoung) to reknowned regional theatres (Cal Shakes, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre) to smaller local companies and the occasional nightclub.
He has written a solo play, Homeless, that won Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe Festival, directed plays in the SF One Minute Play Festival, writes articles for Theatre Bay Area , and teaches youth theatre programs through San Francisco Shakespeare Company, Each One Reach One, and the SF Mime Troupe, where he is a Collective Member.
On Veteran’s Day, 2016, the Middlebury chapter of Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) organized a trip to the Burlington offices of Congressman Peter Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy to deliver letters calling for them to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which not only threatens the environment but desecrates Native American land protected by a treaty. The letter drop was planned before the election results, but the election of Donald Trump, who not only promised he will support the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline but stated that he will overturn President Obama’s executive order blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, made the day of action even more pressing. Of all the things that could happen under a Trump administration, the damage done to the environment is one of the most powerful because we are at a turning point environmentally and if swift action is not taken now, our environment will become permanently damaged beyond repair.
After the letter drop was completed, the members of MiddYPDA attended the Burlington “Love Trumps Hate” rally to show our support for those who are most vulnerable by Trump’s administration. The rally in Burlington’s City Hall Park was peaceful, with many speakers sharing their fears of what might come as well as their hopes for a future America that is vigilant in the face of injustice and many shared tips for helping the most vulnerable.
BUY AGAIN ALLEY, your local non-profit thrift and consignment shop, is celebrating its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! We are celebrating and thanking our customers with A WEEK OF ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS!
- Tuesday 1/24: Bring a friend, get 20% off your purchase and enter your friends name for a mystery discount.
- Wednesday 1/25: All day raffle- door prizes will be drawn every hour! Get a free paper crane with your purchase!
- Thursday 1/26: Another day to bring a friend, get 20% off your purchase and enter your friends name for a mystery discount.
- Friday 1/27: Show us your student ID and receive 20% off your purchase and enter a friends name to win a mystery discount.
- Saturday 1/28: All day store-wide Sale-20% off! 1 pm – 4 pm: Get a free Henna Tattoo by Rebecca of Heartfire Henna with your purchase of $15. First come, first serve.
HIGHLIGHTED TAGS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SALE OFFERS!
Come visit us at 1 Frog Hollow Alley in Middlebury or find us on FB under Buy Again Alley.
Hours: 11 am to 5 pm. Contact Jutta for more information @ 802-989-8934
Welcome back for Winter Term, students!
Have interest in connecting with community members of all ages and abilities? Join CSAC, the Counseling Service of Addison County, in some of their open programming. Check out these drop-in opportunities to get to know our vibrant community– and have a lot of fun!
12:00 to 1:00 at 109 Catamount Park- MONDAY FUNDAY!
Bring a brown bag lunch, participate in games, conversation as well as arts and crafts.
Craft donations items are welcome! Bring an idea, a good friend and create something fun with good company!
11-12 at 109 Catamount Park, Sing-a-long!
Come join us for song and dance on Tuesdays at CSAC- bring an instrument and enthusiasm! Join us for an hour of singing and dancing!
1-2 at The Rec Department on Creek Road, Open Gym!
This is a group of peers who enjoy games such as Frisbee, basketball and other indoor activities. Bring a game, a friend and a bottled water to stay hydrated!
3:15-4:30 at 109 Catamount Park, Reading Group
Multi-Level group of individuals that meet up and share a reading adventure together- everyone is a reader in this group! Join for a quick word game or stay for a chapter reading of the current book, WONDER, by Raquel J. Palacio
*Note: Catamount Park is off of Exchange Street in Middlebury. You can take the Tri-town Shuttle Bus (fare free) from Merchant’s row (across from Sabai Sabai) to get there.