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This Sunday October 20 at 10 pm live on the Backstage Buzz theatre radio program Marianne Horvath who is a make-up artist for films, TV, and videos will be featured. She has worked on the local films "Isn't It Delicious," "Made for Each Other," and "Trees, Root of All Evil." She has done makeup for ESPN, WWE, NBC Sports Network, CT Magazine, corporate videos, Shinedown Music Videos and for many celebrities.
Dolly Curtis and Marianne will discuss how important make-up is to an actor playing a role or creating an image or character for the theatre, film or TV production. Marianne is experienced in make-up for film, TV, theatre, print media, and high definition, and weddings which all require different techniques.
Also on the program will be actors and directors from TV productions and commercials who will discuss their latest projects and how they themselves relate to the make-up used to make their characters come alive.
The program will be aired this Sunday, Oct 20, at 10 pm on WPKN 89.5 FM
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"Annie, Jr." at Downtown Cabaret
T. Sean Maher and Alanna Murphy. Photo by Axel Hammerman
ANNIE, Jr., Presented by Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre, Takes Audiences Into the Upcoming Holiday Playing November 10 through December 29 (2013)
As Always, Cast Will ‘Meet & Greet’ Audience Members Following Each Performance
Leapin’ Lizards! The Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre production of Annie, Jr., an abbreviated version of Broadway’s current production of Annie, takes audiences into the upcoming holiday season with its cabaret-style theatrical production especially for children of all ages and their families. Featured in the cast are Alanna Murphy as Annie and T. Sean Maher as Daddy Warbucks.
Annie, Jr. opens Sunday, November 10 and continues through Sunday, December 29 (2013) at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre located at 263 Golden Hill Street; Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Annie, Jr. with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan features the bright, tuneful score filled with such familiar songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.
With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of New York City. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Reserved seats are $24. Advance tickets may be purchased:
By Phone: Downtown Cabaret Theatre Box Office: 203.576.1636
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By US Mail:
c/o Downtown Cabaret Children’sTheatre
263 Golden Hill Street
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"Elf, The Musical" at the Palace\
Matt Kopec as "Buddy"
In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, the Palace Theater is partnering with the United Way of Greater Waterbury to launch a holiday food drive during the theater’s Webster Broadway Series presentation of ELF THE MUSICAL, November 19-21.
The Palace is asking both patrons and local residents to discover their inner “elf” by donating non-perishable food items – including stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy - to families fighting hunger in the Greater Waterbury area. Food donations can be dropped off at the Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, during regular business hours the week of November 18 -22, or can be brought in by patrons attending one of the week’s three performances of ELF THE MUSICAL. All donations will be collected by the United Way of Greater Waterbury and distributed locally to nearby food pantries.
In Connecticut alone, over 400,000 residents struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and nearly one in five children do not know where their next meal is coming from. From Waterbury to Cheshire to Bethlehem, real families are facing real challenges and the United Way of Greater Waterbury is dedicated to providing these residents with food assistance and peace of mind.
Tickets for the Palace Theater’s presentations of ELF THE MUSICAL are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at www.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at the Box Office.
"Veronica's Room" to Open at Town Players of Newtown
Town Players of Newtown is closing out their 2013 season with VERONICA'S ROOM by the renowned playwright Ira Levin, which opens Friday, November 8 at The Little Theatre.
Written by the author of Deathtrap and Rosemary's Baby, VERONICA'S ROOM explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. College student Susan (Nicole Morin, Danbury) and her date Larry (Stephen Saxton, Ridgefield) find themselves invited to the Brabissant mansion outside of Boston by its elderly caretakers, John Mackey (Christopher Bird, Newtown) and his wife Maureen (Elizabeth Young, Newtown). They've asked Susan to impersonate the long-dead Veronica Brabissant in order to solace the family's only remaining member, Cecilia. She is dying of cancer and, believing Veronica is still alive, wants to make up a decades-old quarrel before it's too late.
Once Susan is dressed in Veronica's clothes, the role-playing begins in earnest. However, things aren't always as they seem, and the plot twists in VERONICA'S ROOM will delight - and shock - the audience. The Los Angeles Times says that playwright Levin "coolly unravels a nightmare of deception so corrupt that each layer peeled away reveals a new and surprising abomination ... play[ing] a crafty game of psychology, pitting conventional reality and morality against an insidious force of mind-bending guile and rampant depravity."
VERONICA'S ROOM is directed by Pam Meister Jones of Newtown and produced by Stephen Hoose of New Milford. The production crew includes lighting designer Nick Kaye and set designer/builder Timothy Huebenthal (Southbury).
VERONICA'S ROOM runs November 8-30. Curtain times are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 PM matinees on November 17 & 24. Tickets are $20; $15 matinees. Please note that due to the mature content of this production, it is not considered suitable for children.
Hartford Stage Celebrates is 50th
Dana Ivey, Richard Thomas, Bill Raymond and other notable actors and directors will lead the applause as Hartford Stage celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Three events create the capstone of the year-long festivities: same day performances of La Dispute and Macbeth on Saturday, November 2; a 50-Year Retrospective: A Conversation with all Five Artistic Directors at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3; and the Hartford Stage 50th Anniversary Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 4.
In a nod to the theatre's earliest years, La Dispute and Macbeth are playing in repertory, two very different works performed by the same cast. The anniversary weekend offers celebrants the opportunity to see these productions in a single day: La Dispute, Marivaux's comedy, at 2 p.m., and Macbeth, Shakespeare's swift and terrifying tragedy, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. For information and a 25% discount offer on the second show, visit www.hartfordstage.org.
The golden anniversary weekend continues with a 50-Year Retrospective: A Conversation with All Five Artistic Directors. Join Hartford Stage's past and present artistic directors - founder Jacques Cartier, Paul Weidner, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson and Darko Tresnjak - for a conversation about their experiences at Hartford Stage. Hosted by Walter and Dianne Harrison, and moderated by Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of Theater Communications Group, the national advocacy group for non-profit theatres, the discussion will take place at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue. Admission is free but reservations are required due to limited seating. For reservations, contact the Box Office at 860-527-5151.
On Monday the party continues with the Hartford Stage 50th Anniversary Celebration, an evening of performances, featuring familiar faces who have appeared at Hartford Stage over the last 50 years, including Kate Forbes, David Patrick Kelly, Barbara Walsh, Matthew Rauch, Dana Ivey, Mary Layne, Kate MacCluggage, Novella Nelson, Lisa O'Hare, Bill Raymond, Richard Thomas, Breakdancing Shakespeare, and more. The actors will perform scenes or musical numbers from the plays they originally appeared in at Hartford Stage. The 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place at Hartford Stage on November 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for premium seats and dinner are $175. Show-only preferred seats are $100, and show-only regular seats are $35. (Preferred and regular tickets do not include dinner.) Seating is limited. For reservations to this event, contact Kristen Mauro at 860-520-7241.
The 50-Year Retrospective: A Conversation with All Five Artistic Directors is sponsored, in part, by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's Hartford Events Grant. Both the 50-Year Retrospective: A Conversation with All Five Artistic Directors and Hartford Stage 50th Anniversary Celebration are sponsored by the Hoffman Auto Group and Bank of America. The anniversary weekend is made possible, in part, by the 50th Anniversary Season Legacy Sponsors: Travelers and United Technologies.
"Boeing Boeing" at TheatreWorks New Milford
For the Holiday season, TheatreWorks New Milford will premiere the hysterical comedic romp, BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, BOEING BOEING is a hilarious, door-slamming farce. Bernard, an American architect living in 1960s Paris, successfully juggles three flight attendant fiancées: one American, one German, and one Italian. He tracks their schedules while his long-suffering housekeeper reluctantly plays romantic air controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when his old college pal, Robert, visits unexpectedly, things turn a tad turbulent. Unfortunately for Bernard, a faster Boeing jet has been introduced. Schedules change, flights are delayed, and chaos ensues in this hysterical, high-flying fiancée fiasco.
The cast features six of the area’s finest actors: Matt Austin and Jody Bayer (both Danbury) and Erin Shaughnessy, Reesa Roccaprione, Vicki Sosbe, and James Hipp (all New Milford).
BOEING BOEING is under the direction of Joe Russo of New Milford.
BOEING BOEING runs December 6,7 13,14,15 20,21 27,28 31 and Jan 3,4. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, with a 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee on December 15. Tickets for all shows are $23 for reserved seating. On New Year’s Eve, December 31, at 8:00 p.m. there will be one gala fundraising performance with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Tickets for this event are $75.
On Thursday, December 5, senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. is TheatreWorks’ Pay-What-You-Want night. At this performance, you name the price for your ticket.
Reservations can be made online at WWW.THEATREWORKS.US or by calling the box office at (860) 350-6863.
Broad Brook Offers "Footloose"
Opera House Players, Inc. presents the rockin’ musical FOOTLOOSE at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT 06016 on November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, December 1 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm). The musical adaptation of FOOTLOOSE is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. This production is directed and music directed by John Sebastian DeNicola, with choreography by Keith Leonhardt. Tickets available by calling the box office at 860-292-6068 or visiting www.operahouseplayers.org. Tickets: $21 (adults), $17 (under 12/over 60), and $15 (student rush with ID ten minutes before curtain, if seats are available).
The stage version of FOOTLOOSE includes familiar songs from the film such as "Holdin’ Out for a Hero," "Almost Paradise," "Let’s Hear it for the Boy," and, of course, the title track "Footloose."
"Three Musketeers" at CRT
Marisa Desa and Anthony Goes. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Storrs: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will present The Three Musketeers Adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, November 21- December 8 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, Storrs. For tickets and information, call 860-486-2113 and visit www.crt.uconn.edu.
Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel gets an adventurous staging as this tale of adventure and romance follows young d’Artagnan upon his arrival in Paris in search of fame, fortune, and a place among the King’s Musketeers. Befriended by the three legendary swordsmen: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, he is immediately put to the test. His acts of bravery catch the eye of the French King Louis XIII, but ensnare d’Artagnan in the deadly schemes of Cardinal Richelieu and the villainous Milady Clarik. The young d’Artagnan must weigh his loyalties and question the meaning of honor in a gilded age of moral ambiguity. Loaded with dazzling swordplay, intrigue and swash-buckling comedy, this adaptation of Dumas’ brilliant novel is directed by Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tony Simotes and features Obie-Award winning actor Rocco Sisto.
Please call 860-486-2113 for tickets or for more information. Please call or visit the box office for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change. Tickets available online at www.crt.uconn.edu
"Hound" Leaps Onto Playhouse Stage
The world's most famous detective comes across the pond to Playhouse on Park in a hilarious retelling of The Hound of the Baskervilles! When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, and the evidence points to a supernatural beast, it is up to Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. Watson, to gather the clues and solve the mystery around an ancient family curse. With a wide array of characters played by only three actors, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most renowned story gets a gloriously funny makeover!
The Hound of the Baskervilles runs December 4th-22nd. For more information regarding times and ticket prices, call 860-523-5900 x10, or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Subscriptions for the Main Stage season, which includes The Hound of the Baskervilles, offers 15% off ticket prices.five Broadway quality shows for the price of one!
Sherman Playhouse Plans "Aladdin"
For the Holiday Season, The Sherman Playhouse will open an original production for the whole family, the classic tale of ALADDIN.
For the third consecutive year, The Sherman Playhouse will be presenting the show as a ‘Panto’ or Pantomime in the British style. There is no miming in British Pantomimes, just tuneful songs, delightful dancing, and funny jokes galore. A British Panto is a winter tradition of musical comedy theatre that takes familiar fairy tales, like ALADDIN, and injects a bit of vaudevillian sensibility, contemporary references, and lots and lots of audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for the whole family.
The large, talented cast of all ages features: Elizabeth Hawley (Washington), Maya Daley (Danbury), Christine Amorin (Bethel), Julie-Ann Brand (Woodbury), Bruce Tredwell, (Brewster, N.Y.), David and Katherine Almquist (Sharon), Spencer Hauspurg, Jack Day, Jessica Gleason, and Gabe Fowler (all Sherman), and Lynn Nissenbaum, Tommy Ovitt, Martin Rosato, Cheyenne Brown, Danielle and Ava Biondino, Lorina Milay, and Lee Johnson (all New Milford).
The play has been adapted and directed by British native Patricia Michael of Dover Plains, N.Y.
ALADDIN runs December 6,7,8 13,14,15 20,21,22 27,28,29 January 3,4,5 Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, December 6,13,20,27 and January 3. There are 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees on all other dates. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Saturday evening performances. Tickets for all shows are $20 for general seating for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
On Thursday, December 5, all patrons are invited to attend a "Half-Price Preview Night" at 8:00 p.m. where all tickets are only $10 for both adults and children. Students may see any performance for only $10 if they pay in cash at the door and carry a valid student ID. Students may not make reservations in advance for a performance. Reservations can be made online at WWW.SHERMANPLAYERS.ORG or by calling the box office at (860) 354-3622.
The Sherman Playhouse is a local, non-Equity theatre company located on 5 Route 39 North (next to the firehouse) in Sherman, Conn.
Goshen Players to Performs "Midsummer Night's Dream"
WHAT: Staged reading of William Shakespeare’s “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”
WHEN: November 8th & 9Th at 8:00 pm, November 10th at 4:00 pm
WHERE: Old Goshen Town Hall, 2 North Street, at the Rotary junction of Routes 4 and 63, Goshen, CT 06756
HOW: All Tickets for Open Cabaret Seating $15; call 860.491.9988 or visit www.goshenplayers.org.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare - A Staged Reading Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz.
The Duke of Athens, the Queen of the Amazons, four young Athenian lovers. The King and Queen of the Fairies, the King’s faithful and mischievous servant Robin Goodfellow (or Puck). Six traveling, poorly performing actors. A forest. A long night filled with spells, love potions, duels, rehearsals, changes of heart, mistaken identities, bad actors, good intentions and an ass. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all, if it all is truly a dream...
Pantochino Productions’ “Porkenstein,” Opens October 19
“Porkenstein” is based on the popular book by Kathryn Lasky and features book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. The story follows Doctor Pig as he works in his laboratory in hopes of creating a new, ‘wolf-proof’ friend in time for Halloween. Along with his assistant, he makes a series of scientific blunders and eventually invents an enormous super-pig. Filled with laughter and original songs, the new musical proves that friendships comes in all shapes, sizes and appetites!
“It’s a fun-filled, musical mash-up of The Three Little Pigs and the legend of Frankenstein” says Bernardi. “Audiences of all ages are going to love it!” he added.
“Porkenstein” opens Pantochino’s 2013/14 season which features three original musicals for family audiences. “We’re very excited to be in Milford for our entire third season.” said Pantochino’s Jimmy Johansmeyer who not only will design costumes for the show but also plays the comical villain B. B. Wolf.
Performances of “Porkenstein” are Saturday, October 19th at 2:00 and 5:30pm, Sunday, October 20th at 2:00pm, Friday, October 25th at 7:30pm, Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 & 5:30pm and Sunday, October 27th at 2pm. The Milford Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue in Milford on the northbound side of the Milford train station. Tickets are $17. and available online at www.pantochino.com.
Pantochino Offers Classes and Camps for Students
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. has announced its first session of classes and camps at their new studio space in Milford. Pantochino Studios is located in the former St. Ann School on Ridge Street and will offer young actors a chance to learn and grow in a supportive and creative atmosphere.
Pantochino Studios will be led by producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer. Bernardi is well-known actor, director, published playwright and recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre. Johansmeyer is not only an award-winning working actor and professional costume designer, he has worked with thousands of young actors in elementary, middle school and camp settings throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.
“Our summer theatre camps for young actors have been wildly popular, and we look at Pantochino Studios as a way of expanding our offerings to young people who are looking for more experience and opportunities in theatre,” said Bernardi. “We’re offering a chance to learn from professionals who are actually working in the industry,” he added.
The inaugural fall session will offer classes in Improvisation, Acting, Broadway Dance Styles and a unique After-School theatre camp which will culminate in a mini production of Pantochino’s wildly popular show, “Teen Santa!” The age range for classes is 7 – 15 years old.
The new studio space will also be the home of Pantochino Teen Theatre, another innovative idea from the company. “We wanted to give opportunities to young actors who are 13 years old and up,” said Johansmeyer. “There are so many talented kids who only are given a chance to perform in a school situation. We can offer them a unique chance to work with professionals putting on a full production,” he added. The first production will be the Stephen Schwartz musical “Godspell, Jr’ which will be performed in early 2014.
Registration for Pantochino Studios classes, camps and Teen Theatre is available online at www.pantochino.com or for more information call (203) 937-6206.
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage Announces 2013/2014 Season in Westport
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's Award-Winning Professional Theatre Company, is pleased to announce the 2013/2014 MainStage Season. Between November 2013 and May 2014, MTC MainStage will present three fully-staged professional productions: "Master Class," "God of Carnage" and "The Fantasticks." Performances will take place in the one-of-a-kind Off-Broadway-style 50-seat studio, providing the audience with an intimate theatregoing experience, and each performance is followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. MTC MainStage is located at 246 Post Road East in Colonial Green (Lower Level) in Westport, CT.
Opening the season and running November 1-17, 2013 is "Master Class," the Tony Award winning play by Terrence McNally, playwright of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" and "Love! Valour! Compassion!" Legendary opera diva Maria Callas takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time. She’s glamorous, commanding, larger than life -- and drop-dead funny.
The second production of the season, running January 31-February 16, 2014, is "God of Carnage," a play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. A comedy of manners…without the manners. Two married couples meet to sort out a playground fight between their sons. At first, niceties are observed but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all.
The season finale, running April 11-May 4, 2014, is "The Fantasticks," the world's longest-running musical with book by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones and based on "Les Romanesques" by Edmond Rostand. This funny and romantic musical set in a world of moonlight and magic featuring a famous score, which includes the classics “Try to Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” is as timeless as the story itself.
MTC MainStage 2013/2014 Season performances take place Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green, Lower Level) in Westport, CT. Season subscriptions, with tickets for all three productions, as well as single tickets for each production, are now on sale.
For tickets and more information on the MTC MainStage 2013/2014 Season and the benefits of subscribing and/or becoming a member, call 203.454.3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com
Yale School of Drama Announces New Season
Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean; Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean) is pleased to announce its 2013-14 season, three vividly imagined theatrical productions that invite us to examine some of the most morally ambiguous choices we humans ever make: to punish, to rebel, to die. The 2013-14 season includes The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt, translated by Maurice Valency, directed by Cole Lewis; Peter Pan by Sir James Matthew Barrie, adapted and directed by Dustin Wills; and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Paul Walsh, directed by Katherine McGerr.
Tickets, $10-$25, are available online at drama.yale.edu, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Box Office (1120 Chapel Street at York Street).
Yale Cabaret Announces 46th Annual Season
Co-Artistic Directors Whitney Dibo, Lauren Dubowski, and Kelly Kerwin and Managing Director Shane D. Hudson announce the Yale Cabaret’s 46th season, which will continue the Cabaret’s long tradition of presenting bold, groundbreaking theater in the most intimate of venues.
The Cabaret (yalecabaret.org) will open its fall season on September 19th with the world premiere of We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun, a new play that delves into the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a fabulous drag queen, while exploring the grit behind the glam.
The next production will be Amiri Baraka's 1964 play The Dutchman, a brutal discussion of race, sex, and personal accountability.
The third production of the season is part self-help seminar, part clown show. The Most Beautiful Thing in the World promises to open your mind, explode your heart, and change your life in 60 minutes, tops.
The rest of the fall season will be announced in late September.
"Freedom: In 3 Acts" Presented by Bated Breath
On November 5, 2013, Bated Breath Theatre Company will premier their newest piece Freedom: In 3 Acts in its entirety. This is their first collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Freedom: In 3 Acts is an original piece developed by Bated Breath and inspired by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture's Emanciaption!, a new exhibit featuring artifacts and visual images from the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. Drawing from the exhibit, Freedom: In 3 Acts explores the emancipation of the slaves through song in three short, theatrical vignettes. The first act, "Freedom," explores coded messages embedded into the lyrics of slave spirituals that helped guide runaway slaves through the Underground Railroad. The second act, "Jubilee," focuses on the incredible story of the Jubilee Fisk Singers. This talented group of emancipated slaves attained world renown, albeit after much struggle, performing for presidents and royalty and ultimately popularizing American slave spirituals on an international scale. The third act is a dynamic exploration of singer Marian Anderson. Anderson was a singular figure in music distinguished by her extraordinary voice and her political role in advancing civil rights for people of color. Freedom: In 3 Acts features locally based and internationally renowned vocalist, Jolie Rocke Brown in the role of Anderson.
"Freedom: In 3 Acts brings to life powerful moments in the history of American music and shows the deep impact slave spirituals have had on American culture. We are so excited to bring Bated Breath's unique style of physical theatre to this collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.” says Artistic Director, Mara Lieberman.
Freedom: in 3 Acts is part of Bated Breath’s ongoing Interludes Program. Bated Breath Interludes are unique, immersive performance events; custom tailored for a host institution’s content. These performances are plugged into the host’s existing programming, where they enhance and expand the experience of patrons. Last April, Bated Breath created The Unmaking of Toulouse-Lautrec, which was a centerpiece of The New Britain Museum of American Art’s Toulouse-Lautrec and His World exhibition. Last February, Bated Breath was awarded over $11,000 from the Greater Hartford Art Council's Arts and Heritage Jobs Grant to support this collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture featured the first two acts during their Juneteenth Jubilation gala in June 2013 as a teaser to the completed piece. The entire piece will premiere in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Aetna Theater as part of The Amistad Center's Annual Meeting on November 5th at 6:00 PM and will also be featured as a part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Wadsworth Atheneum in collaboration with The Amistad Center on the January 20, 2014. Additionally, Hartbeat Ensemble will present a weekend of Freedom: In 3 Acts at The Carriage House Theater the weekend of November 15, 16, 17. Admission to The Amistad Center’s Annual Meeting is free and open to the public. The Amistad Center’s Emancipation! will be on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum through January 20, 2014. Please visit the Bated Breath Theatre Company website for more information at www.batedbreaththeatre.org.
Pantochino Productions Announces 2013-14 Season
Pantochino Productions, which speacializes in theater for family audiences, has announced its upcoming season, with all productions being performed at the Milford Center for the Arts.
In October, Pantochino will debut "Porkenstein," a musical mash-up of Frankenstein and The Three Little Pigs. This will be follolwed in December by "The Great Cinnamon Bear Christmas Radio Show," which tells the story of a brother and sister searching for a Christmas Tree star and being led by a teddy bear.
In the spring, there will be a world premiere of "Pirate Schmirate," in which a boatload of lady pirates discovers an island where lives a host of handsome princes.
Pantochino's "After Dark" series for adults will offer "The Divine Sister," a comedic homage to Hollywood films involving nuns.
Long Wharf Announces 2013-14 Season
Long Wharf Theatre has just released its 2013-14 season offerings. The season will start with "The Underpants," by Carl Sternheim and adapted by Steve Martin (10/16 - 11/10). This will be followed by August Wilson's "Fences." (11/27 - 12/22). "The Consultant," by Heid Schreck wil be up next (1/814 - 2/9/14).
The season will be rounded out with Amy Herzog/s "4000 Miles" (2/19/14 - 3/16/14), Athol Fugard's "The Shadow of the Hummingbird" (3/26/134 - 4/27/14) and "The Last Five Years," with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (5/7/14 - 6/1/14)
Tickets: 203-787-4282 or www.longwharf.org
The Upcoming Season
Please note: Schedules are subject change. Check before starting out.
Schedules (including preview dates) from September through May
3-13: “Big Love” (Conn. Rep)
8-26: “Room Service” (Westport)
9-13: “Jersey Boys” (Palace, Waterbury)
11-Nov. 17: “Mrs. Mannerly” (TheaterWorks)
15-20: “Flashdance” (Bushnell)
16-Nov. 10: “The Underpants” (Long Wharf)
19: “Color Purple” (Shubert)
24-Nov. 17: “Snapshots” (Norma Terris)
25-27: “Godspell” (Shubert)
25-Nov. 16: “Owners” (Yale)
30-Nov. 17:”Seven Year Itch” (Ivoryton)
1-17: “Master Class” (Music Thea. Of Conn.)
7-Dec. 1: “The Price” (7 Angels)
12-17: “Christmas Story” (Bushnell)
19-21: “Elf” (Palace, Waterbury)
21-Dec. 8: “Three Musketeers” (Conn. Rep)
22—24: “Mamma Mia” (Shubert)
27-Dec. 1: “Christmas Carol” (Shubert)
27-Dec. 22: “Fences” (Long Wharf)
29-Dec. 28: “Christmas Carol” (Hartford Stage)
30-Dec. 1: “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” (Yale)
28-31: “Blue Man Group” (Shubert)
8-Feb. 9: “The Consultant” (Long Wharf)
9-Feb. 2: “The Underpants” (Hartford Stage)
16-18: “Bring It On” (Shubert)
17-Feb. 23: “Freud’s Last Session: (TheaterWorks)
28-Feb. 2: “War Horse” (Bushnell)
31-Feb. 16: “God of Carnage” (Music Thea. Of Conn.)
31-Feb. 22: “Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” (Yale)
18-23: “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Bushnell)
19-March 16: “4000 Miles” (Long Wharf)
20-March 16: “A Song at Twilight” (Hartford Stage)
20-March 16: “Crimson Thread” (7 Angels)
26-March 2: “Once” (Shubert)
27-March 19: “Much Ado About Nothing” (Conn. Rep)
14-April 5: “These Paper Bullets” (Yale)
14-April 19: “Other Place” (TheaterWorks)
18-30: ”Book of Mormon” (Bushnell)
21-22: “Rock of Ages” (Palace, Waterbury)
26-April 27: “Shadow of the Hummingbird” (Long Wharf)
27-April 27: “Romance Language” (7 Angels)
28-30: “Stomp” (Shubert)
3-27: “Somewhere” (Hartford Stage)
11-May 4: “The Fantasticks” (Music Thea. Of Conn.)
18-May 10: “House That Will Not Stand” (Yale)
24-May 4: “Legally Blonde” (Conn. Rep)
25-27: “We Will Rock You” (Shubert)
29-May 17: “A Song at Twilight” (Westport)
2-3: “Hair” (Palace, Waterbury)
7-June 1: “Last Five Years” (Long Wharf)
8-June 8: “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” (7 Angels)
16-June 12: “Love/Sick” (TheaterWorks)
22-June 15: “Love and Other Fables” (Hartford Stage)