Faculty News: Elizabeth Mozer's research becomes a performance this Spring

Upon Binghamton University gaining stewardship in 2015 of the NYS Historical Landmark building known as Binghamton State Hospital (descriptively nicknamed 'the castle on the hill'), faculty member Elizabeth Mozer's interest was piqued by its beauty, history and impact. The structure was designed by renowned architect Isaac Perry, who also designed other buildings in the Binghamton area such as the Perry building and the Broome County Courthouse in downtown. It opened as the New York State Inebriate Asylum in 1864, closed for operation in 1993 due to safety concerns and has remained closed since then. 

mozer at castle on the hillAlong with a handful of visits to 'The Castle', Mozer spoke with people (or family members of those) who had lived or worked at Binghamton State Hospital. These dialogues, as well as other research, lead Mozer to life-changing stories from patients, their family members and those who took care of the patients in asylums throughout New York state. 

The stories Mozer encountered developed into fascinating characters that provide the foundation for the upcoming performance The Asylum Project this spring. Audiences will meet these characters when they are performed by Mozer — that's right, this is a one-woman show.

Before her debut performance of the new play in Manhattan this summer, Mozer will perform a workshop production of The Asylum Project at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Studio B/Gruber Theater. Admission is free, seating is limited. Arrive early.

Mozer's premiere performance of The Asylum Project was on Feb. 17 at the University at Buffalo, with subsequent performances at Wells College, SUNY College at Brockport and most recently at the Irondale Center in New York City. She heads to Montreal soon to perform her original one-woman show at Concordia University. 

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An interview with Elizabeth Mozer on her research,  creative process and performances thus far coming soon!
Elizabeth Mozer's faculty profile page

Alumni News

Dallas De Fée '09 Receives Grant for Shakespeare Project in Sweden

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Dallas De Fée moved to Sweden in 2014 where she and her husband Magnus Palm have created a theatre company, Teater Trollslända (Theatre Dragonfly in English). De Fée received a grant this past year from Swedish Arts - Lidköpings Kommun in Lidköping, Sweden (A little city in western Sweden by Lake Vänern.) to conduct a theatre project working with refugees and immigrants in the same area. The goal of the project is for Swedes and “new Swedes” (immigrants and refugees in Sweden) to work on their Swedish and have some integration through a theatrical production. De Fée has chosen Shakespeare's The Tempest as the production to be worked on. 

This is not the first occasion where De Fée was tasked with a Shakespeare script that required translation work. De Fée assisted Binghamton University Theatre Department's bi-lingual production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tom Kremer in 2013 with English and Chilean Spanish speaking roles. See the documentary here by Jared Biunno '14.
The company began rehearsals in need November, 2016 and has been a very positive experience thus far reported by De Fée. The performance will be in May 2017 for their community public at a local theatre. The grant was for 110,000 SEK (appx. 12,000 USD) to support this specific project. In addition to this project grant, Teater Trollslända is fortunate to receive annual support of 40,000 SEK (appx. $5,000 USD) from the Swedish Arts Council for operations. This combined support has allowed Teater Trollslända to move into a larger rehearsal space with an extra office that can accommodate their projects and company. 

In the community: A Theatre of Things

An exquisite exhibit from the private collection of Professor Emeritus Don Boros


Oct. 7 opened a delightful exhibit curated by Terry McDonald, Executive Director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center - over 170 items from Professor Boros' private collection. Decades of world travel, experiencing cultures on almost all continents - Boros made it a promise to those he had met to bring their artwork and culture back to the U.S. to show the world what he had discovered. He felt this exhibit honors that promise he made to so many - the exhibit while elegant has an anecdotal tone as though you've entered a three-dimensional journal. To experience this exhibit is inspiring and touching. Plenty of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends made to the opening that evening - and here's what one student from Binghamton University had to say about their experience.
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Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sat – Sun: 12p.m.–5p.m.

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Last Updated: 4/24/17