Monday, September 28, 2009

Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival

This year 7 plays were chosen by a panel of judges with the winning playwrights being from a variety of states and backgrounds , two of which are from Athens.

9/28- On the first night of the festival we will have a very satisfying Appalachian traditional meal with music by Charlie Lewis and a viewing of a documentary about the "Appalachian Green Parks Project" a group of local musicians who traveled the country in the 70's playing traditional Appalachian music.

We will also be highlighting 3 of Athens' own visual artists' work that will hang during the festival (running Sept. 28 - Oct. 3) - Matt Persutti (printmaker - whose work will hang in the performance space), Terry Fortkamp (painter - whose work will hang in the basement reception area) and Constance Gabbard (fiber artist - whose quilt will hang on the stage behind the performers).

The admission to this event is $3.

ALL EVENTS TUESDAY-SATURDAY START AT 7:00! AND ARE FREE!!

9/29, ARTS/West Pick Romeo and Juliet; There Hasn't Been a Rap Song Yet! By Rheal Radwany (Athens, Ohio) Direction by: The Lost Flamingo Company Writers Statement: My play is a shortened version of Romeo and Juliet in which the characters break out in rap. The play's tag line is "The world's best love story told through the world's worst medium." It's a spin on Romeo and Juliet that's new and fresh.

9/30, Producer's Choice A Case is Never Closed by J. Boyer (Tempe, AZ) Direction by: Actor's Moveable Theater
Writers Statement: Drawn from a wide variety of sources, including testimony made available through the Freedom of Information Act, A Case is Never Closed deals with a relatively little-known episode in the life and career of Lucille Ball, namely that she was called before a California subcommittee of the House of Un-American Activities Committee and presented with evidence that she had ties to what was broadly called the American Communist Party.

10/1, Humble Pick Arts Touch by Drew Larimore(Brooklyn, NY) Direction by: The Corporation for the Performing
Writers Statement: Touch is a play about the lives of four characters and their subsequent connection with one another in the height of the Appalachian mountains. While the play has a poetic lyricism to it, it's meant to be portrayed as longingly gritty and desperately hungry, as all four characters attempt to make sense of their isolated existence and peculiar desires.

10/2, Appalachian Choice An Elegant Solution by Celeste Parsons (Athens, Ohio) Direction by: ABC Players. Writers Statement: This play is about education and the opportunity and pleasures it offers. The play also attempts to describe the intellectual challenge involved in systems analysis and computer programming, without being so "techy" that the average person is turned off.
10/2
, Appalachian Choice Apologia by Katharine Bolger(New York, NY) Direction by: ABC Players. Writers Statement: Apologia- a formal written defense of a cause. This play is an adaptation of the novel The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. The play deals with a village and the army that has occupied it-who are the villains? Who are the murderers? This play questions are sense of villain versus hero and right and wrong.

10/3, Pick Of The Festival Japanese Schoolgirl Night by James McLindon (Northampton, MA) Direction by: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble Writers Statement: On one lever, this play is about a young lover's spat gone horribly awry. On another level, it is about a young woman and a woman of a certain age both finding themselves when they least expect it, and coming to terms with a life that has not quite turned out the way they wanted it to.
10/3, Pick Of The Festival Knuckleheads by James McLindon (Northampton, MA) Direction by: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
Writers Statement: This play explores a little girl's imaginary world when her single mom is called off to war and the child is left with an indifferent aunt.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

And, Humble Play

My word, fall has not moseyed in... she never does. We have A LOT going on and it is all thanks to our vibrant community!

Starting this Sunday, September 27th we have the return of the Bread and Puppet theater's Lubberland National Dance company-- see earlier post or check out our facebook event.

Monday brings the annual Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival! Full schedule can also be found on the Humble Play myspace.

Festival Awards:

9/29, ARTS/West Pick
Romeo and Juliet; there Hasn't Been a Rap Song Yet! by Rheal Radwany (Athens, Ohio) Direction by: The Lost Flamingo Company

9/30, Producer's Choice
A Case Is Never Closed by Jay Boyer (Tempe, AZ)
Direction by: Actor's Moveable Theater

10/ 1, Humble Pick
Touch by Drew Larimore (Brooklyn, NY)
Direction by: The Corporation for the Performing Arts

10/2, Appalachian Choice
An Elegant Solution by Celeste Parsons (Athens, Ohio) &
Apologia by Katharine Bolger (New York, NY)
Direction by: ABC Players

10/3, Pick Of The Festival
Japanese Schoolgirl Night and Knuckleheads by James McLindon (Northampton, MA)
Direction by: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bread and Puppet Coming to ATHENS!


Calling all: Artists, Students, Parents, Cooks, Truck Drivers, Scientists, Bricklayers, Farmers, Grandparents, Bikers, Dancers, Shopkeepers, Attorneys, Musicians, Teachers, & Lubberlanders.

Bread and Puppet is rolling in to Athens September 27th with a brand new show, "13 Dirt Floor Cathedral Dances" performed by the Lubberland National Dance Company. We're looking for 10-50 volunteers to officially become the Lubberland's National Dancers. Volunteers learn the entire show in an afternoon, have dinner, and end with an evening performance for the public.
Contact Maura Gahan: lubberland at riseup.net.

The show is learned and performed in one day. Volunteers must be available for the entire rehearsal and show. Volunteer dancers and musicians should bring:
-comfortable clothing to rehears in
-water/snacks/dinner
-white clothing for the show (pants and long sleeve white shirts, no logos)
-musical instruments
-attitudes ready to have an intense, good time!

Schedule:
1-2pm: Load-in, Set-up
2-6pm: Rehearsal with Volunteers
6-6:30pm: Dinner Break
7-8pm: SHOWTIME
8-9pm: Strike, Load-Out

Monday, September 14, 2009

First Front and Center of the Season

FRONT & CENTER
a free music event for school age kids at ARTS/West
132 W. State St. Athens

every third Saturday of each month (Sept.-May)
at noon –1 pm
September 19th special guest: pianist Bob Montalto
second half of event is always an open stage for any kids,
solo or group, to share instrumental or vocal music--if you choose.
Or just listen and enjoy!

Creative Endeavors Workshop and APE Center are still accepting applications for classes- see earlier posts, Humble Play rehearsals are in full swing, new events are being added as we speak! It's going to be a bumper fall!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Calling All!

Calling all: Artists, Students, Parents, Cooks, Truck Drivers, Scientists, Bricklayers, Farmers, Grandparents, Bikers, Dancers, Shopkeepers, Attorneys, Musicians, Teachers, & Lubberlanders.

Bread and Puppet needs you!

B&P is rolling in to Athens September 27th with a brand new show, 13 Dirt Floor Cathedral Dances performed by the Lubberland National Dance Company. We're looking for 10-50 volunteers to officially become the Lubberland's National Dancers. Volunteers learn the entire show in an afternoon, have dinner, and end with an evening performance for the public. Contact Maura Gahan: lubberland@riseup.net

Emily has a volunteer schedule and what you need to wear/bring. They are looking for 10th grade and older but will make exceptions if they are notified in advance.

Thank you!

Also: ARTS/West needs your help to get ready for our exciting 5th season of performing arts produced by and for the Athens community!

Join us for a Volunteer Cleanup Day on Saturday September 12th at 3:00 PM to help us clean house and prepare our space for another great year of performances!

Priorities for the 2009 Cleanup Day:
*Scrub Downstairs
*Haul our recycling to the recycling center – let's get green at ARTS/West!
*Cleaning out storage units and taking unused or unneeded items to ReUse Industries!
*Brightening up the space for a new season of fun and learning!

Please call or email Emily Prince if you would like to help us spruce up the place on September 12, 2009: 740-592-4315 or eprince@ci.athens.oh.us

Please note: If you have a truck, van, or station wagon we can use to haul recycling, please let us know!

AND: Aquabear Live at ARTS/West Saturday night at 8:00PM 3 GREAT acts for only $5! Visit Aquabear Legion

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Applications available for Creative Endeavors Workshop

Creative Endeavors Workshop located at ARTS/West, contact information (740) 591-6432, pkristofco@gmail.com.

Check out the Family Handbook.

New afterschool program serving students from West Elementary and Athens Middle School. Now hiring homework tutors and enrichment facilitators.

Gain valuable experiance working with area youth, while enriching their lives.

Applications available here

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

APE Classes

We have a lot of opportunities for your young people this fall! And remember, ARTS/West members receive a 20% discount on participating partners' classes and registrations! Click on membership for form.

 
APE Center PRESENTS
 
FALL 2009 after-school CLASSES at ARTS/West

LET’S ACT!

Ages: 7 – 9 years

Days: Fridays (Oct 2 – Dec 11, 2009)

Time: 3.45 – 4.45pm

Facilitators: Domi Adamova and Lyra Neff

Price: $ 70

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Write your play, choose your role. Make costumes, props and backdrops. Create tickets, posters and programs. Be on stage or just off stage, whatever you prefer. Have FUN with your own SHOW!

ACT it OUT!

Ages: 10 – 13 years

Days: Fridays (Oct 2 – Dec 11, 2009)

Time: 5.30 – 6.30pm

Facilitators: Domi Adamova and Lyra Neff

Price: $ 70

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Write your play, choose your role. Make costumes, props and backdrops. Create tickets, posters and programs. Be on stage or just off stage, whatever you prefer. Have fun ACTING OUT!

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To register, email APE Center at info@apecenter.org.
Or call Domi at 740-707-2480.