The Glass Menagerie: A Guest Artists Screening

Published on: April 29, 2013

Ronald Gerber

For the fourth and final event of the semester-long Guest Artists Series, the 1987 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play The Glass Menagerie was screened in the Daniel Arts Center on Friday, April 12. Adjunct faculty member Karen Allen, who starred in the film alongside Joanne Woodward, James Naughton, and John Malkovich, was present to address comments and questions after the screening. More…

Faculty Senate Approves Schedule Changes for 2013-2014, Brings Mixed Student Response

Published on: April 11, 2013

Jared Weiss ’10

Wednesday, March 20, Academic Senate approved a series of proposed changes to the structure of the academic calendar, to take effect this upcoming year.
Most of the changes will take effect in the spring semester, but one change will directly impact the fall semester calendar. Family Weekend will begin the October break next year rather than be held towards the end of the month.

“The argument here was to save parents money,” Wendy Shifrin, Academic and Faculty Senate President said. “Because if they drive to pick up their kids, they only need to do so for the two breaks, not two breaks plus Family Weekend.” More…

Hitchcock Reinvented: Stoker Review


Published on: April 11, 2013

Ronald Gerber


Screenwriter Wentworth Miller publicly acknowledged recently that the new psychological thriller Stoker was heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 classic Shadow of a Doubt, but anyone who has seen both films will tell you that Stoker goes beyond its inspiration. This is Hitchcock without the shackles of the extremely restrictive Hays Code, able to go down as dark a road as he wants (and these roads get very, very dark). More…

Winter Photo Contest Entries: VOTE 8

The entries are in!

Vote below for your favorite winter photos by Simon’s Rock students, faculty and staff.  You may select up to three photographs for your SINGLE vote.  You will be unable to vote again after selecting submit, so be sure to select your three favorite photographs first.  Voting will close at 11:00 pm Saturday, March 30.

Please scroll to the end of the photo entries to submit your vote.  Photos and ballot options are categorized alphabetically and by the entry number from that person (Ex: 1 First_Name Last_Name).  Make sure to check the entry numbers and photographer for each photo before submitting your vote. More…

The Sometimes Entertaining Burt Wonderstone

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Published on: March 22, 2013

Ronald Gerber

two.5starsThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone is directed by Don Scardino, whose previous experience is only in television and on Broadway. Co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have written a couple of bad comedies and not much more. Editor Lee Haxall has even worse comedies to his credit, including the 2008 travesty The Love Guru. It all shows. We have only the talented cast to thank for the scattered funny moments in what is otherwise a dull and rushed attempt to defy the few parts of insipid, over-sexualized comedy that actually work. More…

Every Glove That Laid Him Down: Rust and Bone Review


Published on: March 16, 2013

Ronald Gerber


We have one person to thank for the intensely engaging series of moments that comprise Rust and Bone: Jacques Audiard. Son of famous director Michel Audiard, Jacques is finally – after spending the last 20 years directing feature films and much longer writing them – getting the attention he deserves in America. 2009’s A Prophet was a Cannes favorite and soon garnered international acclaim and an Oscar nomination… and for good reason. More…

Theater Department’s Hurricane Hotel Intrigues, Mostly Rewards

Published on: March 16, 2013

Jared Weiss

The Simon’s Rock Theater Department’s productions seem to have evolved over the past few years.  We used to see more traditional, Renaissance- and Enlightenment-era theater, be it Molière’s “Tartuffe” or Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”  There was an emphasis on the witty dialogue, the character interactions, and the interweaving subplots.

That abruptly changed, however, with last spring’s brilliant, haunting production of student-scripted “Hospital Kapital.”  Suddenly, we were treated to an entirely different kind of theater, one that functioned on a minimalist plot (in fact, many felt that there was not a coherent plot at all) and sparse dialogue.  That play more than compensated by relying on images, moods, and atmosphere to affect the audience, and utilizing chilling staging, costumes and makeup, lighting and sound design, etc. More…

March Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Features 55 Events Countywide


Published on: February 28, 2013

Women writers of all ages and from many different walks of life will be featured in the Third Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, taking place throughout the month of March, Women’s History Month, at venues all over Berkshire County.

The Festival, sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with the collaboration of many other organizations, includes the participation of more than 150 women writers, at 55 separate events. More…