“I’m not sure if I believe in astrology, and you might not either. But it is undeniable that while watching Coco at McCarter, together we experienced a small taste of magic. Perhaps, in our shared reverie, we were somewhere between the Earthly and heavenly planes.”
- Ipsita Dey, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Princeton University
The Scholar’s Take is a curated series of short essays written by Princeton students in response to select performances and content in McCarter’s season.
The Scholars’ Take, a collaboration between McCarter and Princeton GradFUTURES®, brings student research and areas of interest into conversation with the performing arts.
The essays are not reviews; rather, they are multidisciplinary and scholarly thought-pieces - providing unique contextual information and additive content for audiences as they engage with and reflect on theater, dance, music, and spoken word performances.
These pieces are shared with McCarter patrons, and campus partners through a variety of channels including the McCarter and Princeton University websites, playbills, social media, performance reminders, e-newsletters and lobby displays.
Essays invite audiences to view the arts through the unique lens, interests and research expertise of a student. Some essays will expand upon the themes, characters, and ideas in a play. Others may explore the physical space, design, or emotional experience of a concert, or situate a performance within a larger social and historical context.
Whether read before or after seeing a show - or read as a stand-alone essay - the program and the reflections are designed to enhance both the experience and appreciation of live performance; and to put a range of perspectives and unique academic voices in dialogue with the arts.
By Ipsita Dey
Ipsita Dey attended the Bulrusher at McCarter on September 14th, 2023. She is a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. Her areas of research expertise include environmental studies and encounters between black/brownness and indigeneity.READ
By Ipsita Dey
Ipsita Dey attended Disney Pixar’s Coco at McCarter on October 4th, 2023. She is a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. Her areas of research expertise include religious syncretism and multis-species environmental cosmologies in the Pacific Islands.READ
By Lauren Aung
Lauren Aung attended An Evening with Jhumpa Lahiri - In conversation with Professor Zahid Chaudhary at McCarter on November 2, 2023. The event was in partnership with Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Public Library. Aung is a senior at Princeton (‘24) pursuing a Degree in Politics and a certificate in Values and Public Life with a focus on Racial Justice in the US.
Published by the Nassau Weekly on October 12, 2023
Lauren Aung attended A Conversation with Patti Smith, a pre-concert talk presented by McCarter and the Princeton University Humanities Council on September 23, 2023. Aung is a senior at Princeton (‘24) pursuing a Degree in Politics and a certificate in Values and Public Life with a focus on Racial Justice in the US.
The Scholar's Take is part of Arts & Ideas which connects Princeton University and community partners to the work at McCarter.
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Council at Princeton University