Day of Dialogue XV: Hair and the 1960s (Hair Symposium)

On the 50th Anniversary of this groundbreaking musical theatre event a historian and a dramaturg illuminate a revolutionary period in art and activism not unlike our own.

Panelists: Dr. Carolyn Eisenberg, Department of History & Ali Sousa, Hair Dramaturg (Hofstra BFA 2017)

Moderator: Prof. Cindy Rosenthal, Drama


The Department of Drama and Dance presents a discussion of Hair, book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot and directed by Cindy Rosenthal. Hair celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine In.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, Hair remains as relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Hair, which premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater on October 17, 1967. Hair was born out of a counter-cultural explosion and anti-Vietnam War and civil rights activism. Crying out for “Love” and “Flowers, Freedom, Happiness,” Hair tries to break down walls and show how the world could be better.  “Just as Hair broke ground in the tumult of the 1960s, preaching revolution, changing our understanding of narrative flow, of the style and range of a musical theater score, of what a Broadway cast would look and sound like, and of what the audience could expect - Hofstra’s tribe of passionate and committed undergrads will break new ground with Hair in Fall 2017,” says Professor Rosenthal. “In the rage and crash of current storms, they will rock you -- and the cry to ‘Let the Sunshine In’ is more powerful than ever.” 

Hair  Symposium

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m.- 12:40 p.m. (common hour)

Location: Cultural Center Theater



Hair performances

Dates/Times: October 27 through November 5

                   Friday, October 27 and November 3, at 8 p.m.
                   Saturday, October 28 and November 4, at 8 p.m.
                   Sunday, October 29 and November 5, at 2 p.m.

Location: Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

Tickets:  $10; $8 senior citizen (over 65); two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard.


Tickets go on sale August 28, 2017

Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. and at Unless a performance is sold out, tickets are also available for purchase at the door (by cash or check only) starting 90 minutes before showtime.


 This event is part of Day of Dialogue

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations


Wednesday, October 25, 2017


$8 - $10



Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Phone: 516-463-6644
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