International Festival of Arts and Ideas
By Amy Barry
Dreaming New Worlds -- Big and Small is the theme of this year’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, kicking off June 15 in New Haven.
Theatrical offerings are as global as a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” by the international War Horse…and as local as two nontraditional musicals: “Freewheelers” by A Broken Umbrella Theatre, exploring the history of the bicycle and corset in New Haven and “Stuck Elevator,” a collaboration with New Haven native Aaron Jafferis and Seattle-based Byron Au Yong, examining the hopes and dreams of immigrants to the U.S.
Broken Umbrella Theatre is an award-winning ensemble company that creates site-specific works, inspired by the city’s history. It’s newest piece, “Freewheelers”—a spectacle of song, movement, and storytelling—came about when Broken Umbrella writer/producer Rachel Alderman discovered two parallel events in 1866 that impacted women’s ongoing fight for equality: the bicycle was patented and the country’s first corset factory opened, both in downtown New Haven.
Freewheelers were women who rode around on bicycles in the 1890s, a shocking thing at the time, notes company member Chrissy Gardner, a singer/songwriter/musician, who is a member of the show’s creative team and performs in the onstage band.
Photo: Freewheelers. Photo by Dana Astman)
CCC Awards Ceremony
Juliet Lambert Pratt won the Ourstanding Actress in a Musical award for her work in MTC's "Next to Normal"
The Connecticut Critics Circle's 2012-2013 awards were presented at a fetsive event held at Long Wharf Theatre on Monday, June 10. Eric Ting, Long Wharf's associate artistic director, was emcee for the event, which was catered by Brazi's Restaurant.
A list of the winners follows:
Blogs of Interest
Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.
Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater
Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists
susangranger.com -- movie reviews
CT Arts Connection
WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review)
www.courant.com/curtain (Frank Rizzo reviews)
www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews)