A male student reported a sexual assault that occurred on South Quad at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) said in an e-mail to the student body Monday.The student said he was walking near the flag pole on South Quad when the suspect rode toward him on a bicycle. The suspect dismounted the bike, struck the victim and then touched the victim’s genitals, according to the report.The student said the suspect did not speak to him. The victim was able to escape and leave the area.The suspect was described as a white male and was about 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2. He was wearing a red, hooded-sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head.Anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact NDSP investigations at 574-631-5555.
Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) received reports of seven laptop thefts from residence halls — mostly girls’ dorms — on campus since the end of January, according to an e-mail sent to rectors Wednesday. NDSP Crime Prevention Officer Keri Kei Shibata sent the e-mail asking rectors to remind students to lock doors and be aware of suspicious activity. “In six of these cases the thefts occurred in female residence halls,” the e-mail stated. “These thefts have primarily occurred in the afternoon hours. Some of the thefts have occurred when a resident was in the room sleeping.” In the most recent case, NDSP reported a college-aged female was going door-to-door in the residence hall asking about lost headphones around the time of the theft. The incident may or may not be related to the theft, the e-mail stated. According to NDSP, the female was described between 20 and 22 years of age. She was black with black, shoulder-length hair and bangs. She is between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7 tall and between 140 and 160 pounds. She may also have a beauty mark on her right cheek. NDSP asked rectors to remind residents to keep room doors locked and properly secure, especially if the residents have left the room, are asleep or are otherwise occupied so as not to notice someone enter the room. Students were advised not to let other people enter a residence hall or follow them through the door to a residence hall unless they are certain the person lives in the dorm. “Ask them to wait and contact the person they are visiting to let them in,” the e-mail said. The e-mail also asked students and rectors to report suspicious activity to NDSP immediately.
Two valedictorians will leave a unique legacy at the College when they address the Saint Mary’s Class of 2012 at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony. Seniors Annie Bulger and Krystal Holtcamp were named co-valedictorians for the Class of 2012. Both students earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages during their time at the College. Bulger, a mathematics major from Minneapolis, Minn., who graduated in December 2011, said she is grateful for the opportunity to represent Saint Mary’s and the rest of her department. “This is such an honor to be co-valedictorian with Krystal,” Bulger said. “I am really glad to be able to represent the math department at Saint Mary’s. I love my fellow math majors and all of the professors in our department.” Holtcamp, a biology major with a concentration in molecular and cellular biology from Mentor, Ohio, said she was “completely surprised” when she heard the news. “The day I found out I was going to be co-valedictorian with Annie was a very interesting one,” Holtcamp said. “I had just completed my senior comprehensive and had learned that I had been accepted to Butler University’s physician assistant program. Hearing about being co-valedictorian was just fantastic.” Since Bulger completed her time at Saint Mary’s in December, she has worked a full-time job at One:Ten Communications in South Bend, where she builds websites for the company. “During the summer following my sophomore year, I was granted a Summer Experiential Learning Grant with One:Ten Communications through the Career Crossings Office,” Bulger said. “I greatly enjoyed the chance to learn more about computer programming and technology from my fellow employees at One:Ten, and I was fortunate to be able to continue working after I graduated as a full-time employee.” Holtcamp will begin the University of Toledo’s physician assistant program after graduation. “It is a 28-month program where I will receive my Master’s degree,” Holtcamp said. “After that, I hope to be able to head closer to home in Cleveland and work at the Cleveland Clinic. I am really open to anything though.” Both Bulger and Holtcamp said they are excited and ready to head off into the next chapters of their lives, but will miss the experiences they have had at Saint Mary’s. “I chose to come to Saint Mary’s in large part because of what I saw in the professors,” Bulger said. “I saw that they were at Saint Mary’s because they were passionate about their students and passionate about doing all that they could to enable their students to learn.” Holtcamp said she could not choose just one part of her time at the College she would miss the most. “In my time here, I have been blessed with so many experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Holtcamp said. “Each of these experiences comes from different parts of my Saint Mary’s education, including the encouraging professors that have helped me academically, the ministries that have expanded my faith, the powerful, influential body that Saint Mary’s women represent and the friends and family that have been with me through everything.” Above all, Bulger said she hopes her classmates remember to take the time to talk with people and to appreciate the daily interactions they have with others. “While doing missionary work between my sophomore and junior year of college, I spent a great deal of time just talking to the people in the neighborhood and hearing about what they had to say,” Bulger said. “It really taught me that I do not want to miss out on the depth people have and the interactions I come across.” Holtcamp said her speech will focus on relishing the day her fellow graduates will share as classmates during commencement Saturday. “Getting rid of the worries we have for the future and the regrets we have from our past is what counts,” Holtcamp said. “Looking at the moment we are in now as graduates of Saint Mary’s College is an amazing accomplishment in itself.”
Notre Dame will host the second of three debates between three candidates competing to become the next governor of Indiana on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Timothy Sexton, associate vice president for Public Affairs, said this gubernatorial debate is one of two formal debates between the candidates in the northern half of the state. “All three of the candidates were actually from the southern part of the state, so two [of the three] debates are going to occur in the northern part – one in Fort Wayne and one here at Notre Dame,” Sexton said. “Part of the goal is to get the candidates known here in the northern part.” Sexton said although the date selected by the Indiana Debate Commission is over Notre Dame’s fall break, he believes the event will generate a great turnout. The debate will complement political events also being held on campus and build the current interest generated by the Forum and the upcoming presidential election. “It fits in perfectly with the Forum,” Sexton said. “The fact that we were chosen this year is just wonderful because it does correlate so closely with the Forum; it’s a great opportunity to see the process in action.” Sexton said the debate will build the already-strong relationship between Notre Dame and the governor’s office of Indiana. “Not only with Governor Daniels but also with his predecessors, we’ve had very good relationships, and I think those relationships are evident in some of the things that are happening here at Notre Dame,” Sexton said. “When you look at the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery, Innovation Park, Harper Hall over at the Indiana University School of Medicine, all are examples of the University having a strong relationship down with the Governor’s office.” The capacity of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center staff that coordinates large-scale events like the upcoming debate has strengthened the Center’s profile as a potential debate site, Sexton said. “It gets to the point of needing someone on staff who will provide makeup for candidates because this will be televised, lighting, access for the news media that will be here, all those types of things have to be coordinated and I think it led very strongly to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center being picked,” Sexton said. “The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center does a phenomenal job of hosting events – they’re well-tuned to do this type of event.” Sexton said the gubernatorial debate is the second time in recent years when Notre Dame had been considered as a site for political debate. “The Indiana debate commission had come to us a few years back to see if we wanted to be the host site of a Congressional debate … It didn’t work out at that point in time but they actually had come out and walked through the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and said ‘We loved it, we’d love in the future to come back to you,’” Sexton said. Cooperation between the South Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Public Affairs made this event possible, Sexton said.
The Saint Mary’s College Moreau Center for the Arts unveiled three new exhibits on Friday, Oct. 11. The Hammes, Sister Rosaire and Little Theater galleries welcomed Lawrence Sumulong, Shawne Major and Ann Tarantino to their respective walls. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and directory of the galleries, said Sumulong, a photographer based out of New York, was an ideal choice in her quest for “resonance” in the gallery. Sumulong’s multimedia creation, “From the Prison House,” documents the experiences of Filipino Muslim female domestic workers, Bidler said. “There are many departments, professors and students on campus who are interested in the experiences of women in a global context and so I thought his work would find an audience at Saint Mary’s,” Bidler said. The black and white slideshow features photos taken at the Salam Compound, a walled community of displaced Filipino Muslims. In an effort to improve the living conditions of Muslims in the Philippines, the Libyan government bought the land for the compound in Tandang Sora, Quezon City in the 1970s, Bidler said. “Students who have taken courses in Global Studies or Gender and Women’s Studies – or any course that focused on issues of gender, religion and social justice – would appreciate Lawrence Sumulong’s concern with the difficulties faced by migrant workers and his desire to use his artistic abilities to help us hear the voices of these women,” Bidler said. Sumulong also showed images from a diary that a Filipino domestic worker had kept while wrongfully imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. While the woman did not live in the Salam Compound, her experience reflected that of many female domestic workers who did. Notre Dame senior Ryan Shea said he saw the exhibit and considered it “very bleak.” Shea said he was deeply moved by the numerous prayers the prisoner had written in her diary entries. The piece served as a way to humanize the unseen and oppressed women, Shea said. “These prisoners are not a visible part of our lives and thus easy to forget about,” Shea said. “Obviously, it was quite dark.” The exhibits of Major and Tarantino’s pieces were more introspective, Bidler said. “Sumulong’s photographs have a meditative quality and the lines of writing he photographs formally resonates with the lines and threads in the work of Tarantino and Major,” Bidler said. Tarantino said her work focuses on “lonely figures in unknown landscapes, underwater creatures, unknowable beings, neural networks, and maps of cities – real and invented.” Bidler said Tarantino establishes a systematic theme in the delicate patterning of nervous tissue, emotional ties found in contemporary social networks and the elaborate web of parasitic and symbiotic relationships required to maintain healthy ecosystems. Poured ink is blown through a straw to create intricate patterns on the gallery’s white walls, Bidler said. Tarantino is also known to use an air compressor to propel paint depending on what surface she is painting. “Tarantino creates site-specific wall drawings that are temporary and ephemeral,” Bidler said. Tarantino, an assistant art professor at Pennsylvania State University was able to establish a personal connection with students while painting her piece on the surface of the gallery’s walls. “Ann Tarantino came to campus to create her wall painting and she spent time talking to students informally and answering questions about her process. It was really wonderful to have her here as a resource for our students,” Bidler said. “We have courses in fibers, painting and photography in the art department and one of the charges of the gallery is to expose students to different artistic practices.” Major said she is interested in how the perception of reality is affected by dreams, memory, superstition, religion, bias, prejudice and fear. Major wove cheap plastic items together to create various wall hangings in her exhibit. “My mixed-media works refer to the overlay of belief systems created by the individual to piece together their personal paradigm,” Major said. Major said she uses various objects and even “junk” to create a metaphorical image of how people take in information and to challenge traditional ideas about art. “My vocabulary – a combination of kisch, ersatz and craft materials, junk and personal objects – is re-aesthetisized into accumulated forms that serve as metaphors for the build-up, organization and assimilation of information,” Major said. “The vernacular, as a language of objects indigenous to my class and culture is used here to subvert the hierarchy of art.” The fact that the mass-produced, synthetic materials that make up her pseudo-tapestries deliberately aim to undermine the elitism associated with handcrafted objects, Major said. Bidler said the way Major uses found objects in her work imparts a sense of the objects being inherited. “Shawne Major works with fibers and found objects. Her work emphasizes materiality and provides a sense of permanence, they have the feeling of inherited objects,” Bidler said. Bidler said the works of both Tarantino and Major, though different, are concerned with memory and information. “I enjoy the complexity of her work and the way the small accumulated objects she embeds in the piece trigger personal memories and associations,” Bidler said. “Ann Tarantino and Shawne Major are both interested in systems, networks, memory and information but these interests are manifested in really different ways in their work. “ Bidler said all three of the exhibits will be on display until Nov.1.
Lesley Stevenson | The Observer Fifth-year architecture student Mark Santrach reviews reprints of watercolors he created for class projects while studying abroad in Rome. Santrach earned a 3.993 cumulative grade point average at Notre Dame.Months later, after he had just finished presenting his thesis project, a design proposal for Notre Dame’s future Matt and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, Santrach received a phone call encouraging him to check his email.“I was in shock,” he said. “I had to keep it confidential, and I still had to go to one more class.”Santrach, a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society, earned a 3.993 cumulative grade point average and “achieved Dean’s List honors each semester while at Notre Dame,” according to a May 1 University press release. He said he could be Notre Dame’s first valedictorian to hail from the School of Architecture.“I was told that it’s a once-in-a-century kind of thing,” he said. “Actually I asked … [associate professor of film and television] Dr. [Susan] Ohmer … I said, ‘Has this ever happened before?’ and she said, ‘To our knowledge, there has never been an architecture valedictorian.’”Santrach said as a high school student, he planned to study medicine until he shadowed an emergency-room doctor and fainted during an operation.“My mom actually ended up suggesting that I pursue architecture and … she was absolutely right,” he said. “… I used to play Sims. My brother and I used to have these competitions of who could build the most elaborate house, and I think that kind of became addicting, so I started to pursue it.”Now, Santrach has completed theoretical design projects based on real problems that face areas as diverse as a Cuban harbor and a Tibetan refugee camp.“[Architecture students] do hope that our ideas and proposals can actually promote … some tangible change,” he said. “So for example, I know that what I designed for my thesis isn’t going to be built, but I hope it provides a different perspective for whoever may actually get the commission.”Santrach said his experiences encouraged him to develop a passion for using architecture and urban design in ways that will benefit groups of people or entire cities.“I do hope to design buildings but also be involved with urbanism, whether that’s at a micro level or macro level,” he said. “… Urbanism could mean anything from changing zoning codes, or it could mean developing undeveloped lands, or it could be redeveloping existing urban forms.”This summer, Santrach will move to London to work for Porphyrios Associates, which is “one of the most prominent classical architecture firms in the world,” according to associate professor of architecture Lucien Steil. Santrach said he previously studied the theoretical writings of the firm’s leader, Demetri Porphyrios, who in 2004 received Notre Dame’s Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, according to the School of Architecture’s website. Steil said he first came to know Santrach during their first and second years at Notre Dame, respectively. Steil said he had moved to Notre Dame from Europe and he “connected quickly with the whole class” of second-year architecture students through Santrach.“I was immediately impressed by his charisma, his intellectual curiosity and his smile,” Steil said. “I have never seen him gloomy, impatient or irritated.”Steil praised Santrach’s attitude as a “very kind and altruistic student” of classical architecture.“Mark is not waiting to be taught passively but engages proactively and positively with the University and with professors, believing that learning is not a one-way consuming and digesting but a creative dialogue, a dialectical process and a joint venture benefitting most to those who invest genuinely [and who] most generously participate and most seriously commit not only to their own career but to the pedagogical ideals of their discipline,” he said.Fifth-year architecture student Matt Cook said Santrach’s intelligence and humility promoted a better collaborative atmosphere in the class of 2014’s studio space.“Being in class with Mark is, as you would imagine, both a little daunting and very inspiring,” he said. “… He is humble to the core, and while he does only the finest design work, he is always reticent to accept any praise for his projects because he is sure he can do better. “The effect that Mark’s drive has on his peers is immediately perceptible in a studio environment; the quality of every student’s work is elevated as Mark’s positive attitude and desire to exceed expectations rub off on the group. Though he is an outstanding designer, Mark is always courteous of others’ ideas and celebrates good design no matter where it comes from.”Santrach’s brother Stephen, a 2011 Notre Dame alumnus, said Mark Santrach’s work ethic and care for others sprung from their family upbringing in St. Paul, Minn.“When we were kids, our parents made us do a lot of manual labor — mulching, tree trimming, weeding, cleaning, et cetera,” Stephen Santrach said. “At the same time, they demanded academic excellence and this fostered both mental and physical stamina that persists to this day … I think architecture for him is truly a calling.”Mark Santrach’s sister Camille Santrach, a junior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., said Mark Santrach “has always been an exceptionally hard worker” who sees projects through to their end.“He always goes above and beyond in completing any task he is given,” she said. “He has the ability to deeply immerse himself in whatever project he is undertaking.”Stephen Santrach said his family was “thrilled and shocked at the same time” when they found out Mark Santrach would give the valedictory address, but he said he was more pleased that his brother had found a true vocation.“I’m most proud of my brother for pursuing his passion and being independently-minded,” Stephen Santrach said. “The valedictory is a great honor, but I am most proud of his artistic ability, work ethic and emotional stability. Mark is very comfortable in his own skin and has a very generous heart.”Camille Santrach said Mark Santrach lives with a passion not only for architecture but also for life as a whole. She said his “distinct” and “absolutely contagious laugh” demonstrates that “while he is very serious about his work, he definitely knows how to have fun.” “Mark does not simply go through the motions in life; he embraces it,” she said. “He is thoughtful, articulate, and passionate, and he has taught me a great deal about the art of living.” Senior business major Sean Egan said he felt like “a proud father” when he found that Santrach had been named valedictorian. He said Santrach, who took courses in the Mendoza College of Business to complete a concentration in architectural practice and enterprise, welcomed him into his group of “arkies,” or architecture students.“Mark is the most unassuming person you’ll ever meet,” Egan said. “He can talk with anybody about anything, and he’s present for the entirety of the conversation.”Cook said Santrach is a “normal, down-to-earth and fun guy” whose capacity for “endless gratitude” endears him to friends, classmates and professors alike.“He never forgets an expression of gratitude where one is needed,” Cook said. “Mark may hold the record for most handwritten thank you notes — often decorated with pressed leaves, drawings, or watercolors. “His very vocal appreciation of the actions of others is a reminder for me, and I think everyone else in his life, that we do not live in isolation and that we have so much to be thankful for. Mark is a rare combination of talent, gratitude and humility, and I think it is this mix of outstanding traits that makes him so well loved by all.”Tags: 2014 Commencement, Mark Santrach, Rome, School of Architecture, valedictorian Fifth-year architecture student Mark Santrach’s first surprise came when he received an invitation to apply to give the valedictory address at Notre Dame’s 169th Commencement.“I actually didn’t know that I was even eligible,” Santrach said.
Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, spoke Thursday at Saint Mary’s about Christianity, violence and identity politics in sub-Saharan Africa.Katongole spoke about two traditional narratives of Africa. He said these stories are important for the way we understand and view Africa because many people think of Africa as a continent without hope. “It is true there is too much violence,” he said. “ … [Having] violence does not mean [the people] are doomed to live in violence. Stories like this are important to confirm that Africa is not a hopeless continent; Africa is filled with hope.”Katongole said even though these are stories about violence in Africa, they carry lessons and wisdom that can be used in the United States.“It is important that we think about our lives here, as we face the severity of violence, of fear, of hatred, of discrimination based on gender or race,” he said. “We need stories that can inspire us to show that there is another way.”Katongole said there are four intersecting elements at work in these stories told about violence and kindness in Africa. “It’s a similar notion of excessive love, of tenderness, of compassion and new community — similar elements and notions that are at work in any attempt to respond to violence,” he said.The first story Katongole told came out of the Central African Republic. He spoke about the recent conflict there between the Christians and Muslims and the mass murder that occurred as a result. A young priest named Father Bernard Kinvi opened a church that became a place of refuge for all people who were being targeted and killed by Christians, including Muslims. Katongole said Kinvi’s compassion came from his own experiences with pain. “What is playing out is that excess of love — God’s love for the poor, for the sick, the weak [and] the marginalized,” Katongole said. “There is something about the tenderizing of his own heart through his experiences of suffering and tending to his sick dad that not only tenderized his heart, but enlarged it.”Katongole next told the story of a woman named Maggie Barankitse, who witnessed the mass murder of 72 people right in front of her eyes in 1993 at a Catholic bishop’s residence she worked at in Burundi. After the massacre, Barankitse gathered all the children who were there and took them into her care — starting a housing program called Maison Shalom, Katongole said. He said she has raised over 25,000 children there.“For Maggie, they are not orphans,” he said. “There are no orphans in the household of God. With the excess of love, all of us are princes and princesses in the household of God.”Katongole said these two individuals who did so much good in different ways have some things in common, including giving others hope for the future.“What do these two individual have in common? The excess of love that is displayed in both of their lives — the excess of God’s love that is reflected in their own lives,” he said. “The most successful love is borne out of suffering, out of tenderizing their own hearts. It expands their sense of, ‘Who are my people?’ This is what give me hope about Africa: They speak to what I eventually see [as] an evolution of tenderness.”
Saint Mary’s is starting its own chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Dr. Laura Kloepper, assistant professor of biology, is the faculty advisor for the new SACNAS chapter on campus. “[SACNAS] is an inclusive organization that fosters the success of these students throughout college and transitioning into a career in STEM,” Kloepper said in an email. According to the SACNAS website, there are currently 115 chapters around the country. The main purpose of the organization is to aid Latino and Native American college students and professionals in obtaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science, technology, engineering and medical fields (STEM), the website states. Kloepper first learned about SACNAS from a colleague who started a chapter of SACNAS at another school. “We began this process [of bringing SACNAS to campus] at the start of last semester,” Kloepper said. “I approached one of my research students to find out if there would be student interest in a chapter at SMC.” Kloepper said in her email that the student response to her initial proposal has been enthusiastic. “Saint Mary’s has a pretty large Hispanic population and I think our STEM students have been hungry for an organization like this for a while,” she said. “It’s great to see both the student and faculty [and] staff support for this organization.” Kloepper also acknowledged that since she introduced the idea, most of the work to bring SACNAS to campus has been student-led. “From the get-go, a small group of students were very excited about starting a chapter and they took the lead early-on,” she said. “The students have a lot of ideas in the works. Probably the idea that will have the greatest impact is for older students to reach out to incoming freshman and develop a peer-to-peer mentoring system to help these students navigate their first year in college.”The student leadership team currently consists of junior biology and environmental studies major Marlen Terrazas and sophomore biology major Alexandra Calleros.Terrazas will be president of the new chapter, with Calleros taking on the role of vice president. The two student leaders have a specific plan to bring in new students, they said. “We hope to draw students to SACNAS by creating a personable environment that uplifts any perceived disadvantages we may all share by transforming those perceived disadvantages into what they actually are: a way for us to stand out,” Terrazas and Calleros said in a joint email. “We have the benefit of being unique when applying to grad school, med school, internships. … As Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans, we break uniformity and strengthen diversity.”Currently there is no Notre Dame or Holy Cross chapter of SACNAS, however, students from both schools are welcome to join the Saint Mary’s chapter. “SMC is the only SACNAS Chapter in the Michigan area,” they said. ”However, [Notre Dame and Holy Cross students] are encouraged to join ours! We would like SACNAS to make its imprint throughout our entire community.” The student leaders said SACNAS’ mission is important both to them personally and its implications for the wider Saint Mary’s community. “With SACNAS here on campus, we can offer students resources to help them pursue a career in STEM,” Calleros said. “As a first-generation Latina, I have a passion for elevating our representation in STEM, and I am excited to integrate my own experience into the SACNAS leadership here at Saint Mary’s.”Terrazas added that she feels a responsibility to guide minority students who wish to pursue careers in STEM.“College is without a doubt one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for any young adult, and I personally feel the need to help incoming Hispanic students in STEM,” she said. Terrazas and Calleros also stressed the need for SACNAS not only in a college environment, but in the wider world of STEM. “It is estimated that by 2060, Hispanics will make up 29% of the population,” they said. ”Currently, only 6% of the STEM workforce is comprised of Hispanics. It is important that Saint Mary’s has a SACNAS program to change the face of STEM together. These statistics show a need for institutional support for Hispanic/Chicano and Native American students and we believe that SACNAS can be a driving force in the fostering of this success.” Tags: Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and native americans in STEM, sacnas, STEM
Have you been going through Venus in Fur withdrawal since the Tony-nominated Broadway production closed in 2011? Yeah, us too. Don’t worry, on June 20 you’ll finally be able to get your whips and chains fix: David Ives’ sexy and hilarious comedy is back in a new film adaptation directed by Roman Polanski. Featuring Mathieu Amalric and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seinger, the new film tells the story of an obnoxious actress who tries to convince an acclaimed director that she’s the leading lady to star in his newest play. Check out this exclusive first look of the film’s steamy new poster, check out the trailer below, and mark your calendar for June 20, when Venus in Fur hits theaters and video on demand! Venus in Fur View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 17, 2012
It’s been discussed for years (no really, years) and it’s finally coming true! Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in a forthcoming revival of On the Twentieth Century. As previously speculated, Chenoweth will star opposite Tony nominee Peter Gallagher in the Roundabout Theatre Company production, set to begin performances on February 12, 2015 prior to a March 12 opening night at the American Airlines Theatre. The previously announced revival of Noises Off, led by Tony and Emmy winner Andrea Martin, which was originally scheduled to play at the venue starting in January 2015, has been postponed to fall 2015. Star Files Directed by Scott Ellis, with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. Chenoweth was last seen on Broadway in the revival of Promises, Promises. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received a nod for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing. Gallagher received a Tony nomination for his role as Edmund Tyrone in the 1986 production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. His additional Broadway credits include The Country Girl, Noises Off, Guys and Dolls and Grease. His screen credits include sex, lies and videotape, American Beauty, Covert Affairs, The OC and Californication. On The Twentieth Century Related Shows On the Twentieth Century will feature choreography by Warren Carlyle, set design by David Rockwell, costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting design by Donald Holder. The original Broadway production was directed by Hal Prince and opened in February 1978 at the St. James Theatre. The musical received five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The revival will play through July 5. Complete casting will be announced at a later time. Andrea Martin Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Kristin Chenoweth View Comments