Private Lives

Private Lives Trailer from Nancy Lautenbach on Vimeo.

Private Lives by Noel Coward. Directed by Emma Weinstein.

Noel Coward’s Private Lives is a delightful 1930’s romantic comedy complete with love affairs, martini glasses, and cutting wit. Amanda and Elyot, a British divorced couple, find themselves in adjoining honeymoon suites in Northern France with their new, and perfectly unsuitable, spouses. Realizing they are still passionately in love (maybe a little bit too passionately), the pair must decide whether to stay in their potentially loveless new marriages or run away together to Paris. An example of 1930’s comedy at its height, Private Lives is a wild and hilarious romp that asks real questions about love, frivolity and escapism.

when: April 20-21, April 26-28, 8:00 pm

where: Theatre 14 at Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

cost: $8 adult, $5 students and seniors, $3 Smith students – with Smith ID at box office only. Thursday, April 26 is dollar night for Smith students. (for tickets: 413.585.ARTS or


Coming Up…Saving Face

From all over campus:

Ekta, the Smith College South Asian Association, presents the screening of a 50 minute documentary by Smith alumna, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short.

Saving Face, a Journey to Heal. A fight for Justice.

Every year hundreds of people, mostly women, are attacked with acid in Pakistan. ‘Saving Face’ follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a London-based reconstructive surgeon who has returned to his homeland of Pakistan to help them restore their faces and their lives.

Read more of Obaid-Chinoy’s biography here:

When: Friday, April 20: 4:00-4:30 Refreshments, 4:30-5:30 Screening

Where: Weinstein Auditorium

Cost: Free

All are encouraged to attend to remind ourselves that there are worse things in the world than swordfish bites for dinner.

Trigger warning: The documentary does contain description and discussion of extensive abuse.

On behalf of Smith’d, we would like to extend our congratulations to our fellow Smithie, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. We are proud to share our alma mater with such a brilliant and ground-breaking filmmaker and activist . You’ve done Smith proud. 

Coming Up…Weaving Voices Open Mic

From Carro Hua, ’13:

Since fall of 2010, the Weaving Voices (WV) Open Mic acts as a critical space to bring together different narratives in hopes to build an understanding and critically conscious community. This community event also hopes to carve out a safe space for the everyday unspoken lived experiences and stories. We believe that through self-expression and creative art forms, we can understand that all of our lives are interconnected. We invite YOU to come, share, listen, learn and discover how our voices are interwoven as one. Poets, singers, instrument players, everyone and anyone is welcomed!

This semester’s Open Mic, we will be having a Community Art Mural in which we hope all can come to create this piece to re-imagine Smith, our community and ourselves. With all that has happened on our campus, all of us are grieving and hurting, we hope that this art’s space will help begin the healing process. Please come and take part in this hands-on community art event!

WV aims to utilize different form of arts to raise consciousness about different societal issues, ultimately we hope to challenge fundamental issues on campus and in society at large. Like Yuri Kochiyama, a civil rights activist said, “Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.” Another world is possible if we, as humans, can collectively change public consciousness to become more human and community oriented.

Please share and encourage all to come!

when: Saturday 4/21, 7:30 pm

where: Mwangi Center

cost: free

Private Lives Photo Booth @ SCMA

For the April 2nd Friday (4/13) at the Smith College Museum of Art, The Theatre Department’s production of Private Lives is sponsoring a 1920’s Paris-photo Booth.
The Photo Booth will include:
A Parisian Backdrop painted by Ruby Western
1920’s costumes
Photos available both on Flickr and Polaroid!
This is a kid-friendly event!



when: 4pm – 6pm, 4/13

where: Atrium of Hillyer Hall/Smith College Museum of Art

cost: free!

Smith Stories Project

A Letter from Dean Mahoney:


Dear Students, Staff and Faculty –

One of the great challenges of a diverse institution is finding ways of
ensuring that all voices are heard and taken seriously.  This has been a
consistent theme of campus protests over the years which students are
expressing again now.  In an effort to hear and document the multitude
of stories and perspectives at Smith, we are launching the Smith Stories
Project.  Inspired by a suggestion from Professor Ginetta Candelario,
the project is construed as a hybrid of NPR’s Story Corps, Latin
American/Latina Testimonio, and the Weaving Voices initiative created by
Smith students.

From noon on Tuesday, April 10 through noon on Friday, April 13,
computers and microphones will be set up at several locations on campus
where all members of the Smith community are invited to tell their own
Smith stories.  Participants may opt for a video or audio recording or
may write their story addressing the following questions:

What is YOUR Smith story?
How do you experience Smith today?
What are your hopes for Smith in the future?

In the spirit of Testimonio, the story teller will decide whether to
speak anonymously or by name.  The three formats—video, audio or
written—are intended to offer multiple vehicles for expression.

Stories will be reviewed by a team of faculty and staff before the April
16 meeting to identify, in a preliminary way, themes and ideas.  They
will be preserved (with the permission of the story-teller) in the Smith
Archives where they will continue to be a rich source of information for
the future.

Story recording sites and hours are:

Campus Center Green Room, open 7:30 a.m. to midnight
• Neilson 2/51, open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• Chapel Reading Room (room B13), open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All three sites will be available until noon on Friday, April 13
(instructions will be available at each site).

I very much hope you will participate.

Maureen A. Mahoney
Dean of the  College

Smith College’s Own in the Huffington Post




Sophomore Angelica Martinez tells the GOP to go to the left, to the left. After years of being a Republican, she has saddled up her donkey and joined the Democrats.

Click Here to Read her Resignation 

Another Anonymous Hate Note…

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I have heard with great concern and distress that a second racist note was put under the door of a student’s room in Parsons House.  By its very anonymity, such an act breeds distrust and fear. By design, it fosters an atmosphere of racial tension and victimization. In these ways, it is worse than a racist comment or thoughtless remark. It is cowardly and dishonest.

The campus police are conducting a thorough investigation to identify the person responsible for these acts. If necessary, we will employ a handwriting analyst for this purpose.

I know that acts like this do not represent the values that the Smith community holds at its core. The spirited response to the “cashmere and pearls” letter vividly demonstrates the pride many of us take in the diversity of Smith. Nonetheless, these notes show how much work we still have to do as a community, in realizing our vision of a college in which everyone is respected and valued.

Carol T. Christ