Monday, December 20, 2010

Thank you and a note about Christmas Carol

Thank you all for an amazing 2010 at ARTS/West-- the final numbers aren't in but, it looks like we had well over 900 events, classes and workshops this year! Whew! Highlights include: the Creative Endeavors Workshop afterschool program, APE and OVST performing arts camps, several screenings of locally made films, the Humble Play New Play Festival, the Cat's Pajamas Clothing exchange, Aquabear Live at ARTS/West events, The Local Girls, Matthew Griffin's Christmas Concert and on and on and on.

We can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011!

Also, we regret that the Studio for Young Actors will not be presenting A Christmas Carol this year- some publicity from last year's production is still circulating.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gift tag/card making workshop and TWO concerts!

Card Making Workshop12/18/10

ATHCO Women's Art Guild will have a FREE Workshop for making Recycled Holiday Cards and Gift Tags on Saturday, Dec. 18th from noon to 4pm.

Bring your old holiday/birthday cards, magazines, scrap paper, fabric, glitter, etc... to recycle into new holiday cards and gift tags. If you have any extra scissors they would be very welcome (be sure to mark them with your name). We will have lots of materials for you to make your holiday gift giving extra special this year.

All ages are welcome. Bring snacks if you'd like. Register via email: artswestathens at gmail dot com or, call Kelly at 594-1158 if you have any questions.


Holiday Concert to Benefit Athens County Food Pantry. Saturday, December 18 · 7:00pm

Singers Yvonne Crist and Matthew Griffin along with Pianist Harolyn Brient perform a wide variety of Holiday Musical Favorites to raise money for the Athens County Food Pantry. Yvonne will be joined by her husband Richard Crist (Director of Ohio University Opera Theater) for a special duet and at least one offering of his own. And Matthew is joined by his sister Meghan Aimoe in a rare Athens appearance. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free but donations to benefit the Athens County Food Pantry are sought -- and Matthew in his role as Master of Ceremonies is not noted for subtlety. Be sure to join us for a family friendly celebration of the Holidays to benefit this worth cause.

Check out the Facebook Event page HERE


Local Girls 22nd Annual Christmas Concert 12/19/10

Christmas is coming and the Local Girls once more look forward to returning to ARTS/WEST for their annual Christmas concert. It will be their 22nd Christmas show in their beloved hometown--wow! It is always a cozy, fun-filled afternoon; we hope we will see you there.

DECEMBER 19th at 3:30

Friday, December 10, 2010

Furry Tales and Music

OVST presents Furry Tales with a Twist 12/10-12/12

Follow the adventures of two bumbling actors trying desperately to present a few of the world's most beloved fairy tales. Unfortunately, their script becomes seriously scrambled and they perform GoldiSOCKS and the Three WOLVES, the Three Billy TROLLS Gruff, and The Three Little BEARS, who end up battling the Big Bad BILLY GOAT to delay the decimation of their domiciles. In addition to entertaining with humor, slapstick, and charm, the characters guide the audience through this creative world. It takes the whole audience to set the stories straight. In the end both the characters and the audience have learned creative tale-telling through these Furry Tails...er...Fairy Tales. Furry Tales with a Twist By Jennifer Hickok DeFratis

Show times: December 10 and December 11 at 7:30pm, December 12 at 2pm

Tickets: Online sales at ovst.org, Box office 593-9696


Front and Center 12/11/10
Join us from noon-1:00 for our monthly music event Front and Center. Special guest this month will be Caitlin Kraus, a singer song writer who is a senior at OU in music therapy and is a frequent performer around town with her music. 2nd half is an open stage for kids.

Monday, December 06, 2010

S.A.T.B. Choir Concert. 12/7/10


S.A.T.B. ARTS/West's new choir presents "In the Beginning: Music to get things started"

December 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 per person, $15 per person.

Proceeds to benefit Athens Birth Circle.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Many Moons Exotic Market

Many Moons returns to ARTS/West for its annual Exotic Market sale with great gift items from India, Nepal, Thailand, and Bali!

Saturday November 20: 10am-6pm
Sunday November 21: 1pm-6pm

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Humble Play Postmortem

Did you participate in the 2010 Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio in any way? Were you a playwright, actor, director, technician, audience member? If so, you are invited to our annual postmortem potluck this coming Saturday, Nov. 20th at 12 noon at ARTS/West.

Please bring a dish to share and your thoughts/ideas about this year's festival and for next year's, too. ARTS/West will be providing the beverages.

We really value your feedback!

Friday, November 05, 2010

THANK YOU!

We at ARTS/West would like to extend a very grateful THANK YOU to everyone in the Athens Community who has been so supportive, understanding and helpful in this past week and a half. This goes to show the power of community and the great things we can accomplish together. It has been easier to cope and get through this time with the knowledge that this loving, caring and beautiful community is behind us. “The Team” appreciates it greatly.

-ARTS/West Team

Monday, October 25, 2010

Film Screening "a movement point of view"

'a movement point of view' is a short film directed by Elizabeth Atwell in Tbilisi, Georgia at the end of her Fulbright study. The 15-min short explores themes such as decay, germination, urbanization and development through the medium of dance. Born of the belief that movement crosses bridges between languages, cultures and the soul, this film features a cast of trained and untrained female dancers. This diverse multigenerational cast make use of various dance genres including modern, Georgian folk, site-specific choreography, guided improvisation and pedestrian movement.

Additionally, local dancers Amanda Kurtz, Chelsea Goettge and Darcy Shaffner will be presenting pieces of original choreography as works-in-progress!
Live dance performance: "The Blocks We Build, the Building We Block", choreography by Chelsea Goettge ~ danced by Chelsea Goettge and Amanda Kurtz ~ work-in-progress.

Live dance performance: "Vivaldi Progression", choreography by Amanda Kurtz ~ danced by Chelsea Goettge and Darcy Shaffner ~ work-in-progress

FREE ADMISSION! Q&A/Talkback sessions to follow presentations.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Finding Ground: Drawings 2002-2007- 10/18-11/5

ARTS/West invites you to take in Sasha Michelle White's installation FINDING GROUND: Drawings 2002-2007 and to join us for the Artist's Reception on Friday, October 22, 2010 5:30-7:00 pm.

Sasha M. White grew up in rural Michigan and studied art at Bawdoin College, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. She currently shares her time between Maine and the foothills of Appalachia in southeast Ohio.

Sasha M. White Artist Statement

FINDING GROUND: Drawings 2002-2007. Gallery hours are M-F 10-4 or by appointment.

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 22, 5:30-7:00pm.


FINDING GROUND

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Humble Play day 6

Humble Play Saturday, October 9 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Quit the Road Jack by Jerry Polner produced by the Lost Flamingo Company and Last Call and Squirrelly by James McLindon produced by the A/W intern company. Mr. Polner will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Jerry says about his play:
"This play is about a divorced couple whose 16-year-old son has run away from home. Through letters he explains that they are both total losers and he is doing some kind of political organizing work with immigrant worker rights organizations and that they should leave him alone. The mother and father don't trust each other to go look for Jack alone, so they go out together across the contry to look for their son."

Jerry Polner- “Quit the Road Jack” presented 10/9 @7:00pm

Jerry’s full-length play FIX NUMBER SIX was chosen by the Boomerang Theatre Company for its First Flight reading series in 2009. His short plays FLORENCE FAREWELL, GONE WITH THE MASHA, and THANK YOU FOR APPLYING were produced by the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Manhattan Theatre Source, Brecht Forum, and Galapogos Artspace. Included in his full-length plays are HALF BAKED, produced by the Story People, MAN OVERBOARD, produced by High Five Productions, and WEATHERMAN, published by Samuel French and produced by high schools around the country. His political comedy sketches, and still more, are at RadicalGags.com.

James McLindon- “Squirrelly” & “Last Call” (2 10 minute plays) presented 10/9 following "Quit the Road Jack"

Here is what James says about his plays:
Last Call: "This play is about the need to connect, the need for community and loneliness." Squirrelly is about the need to beleive, the impossibility of believing, the need to bear witness and the longing for escape."

James McLindon’s play, Comes a Faery, was developed this summer at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is currently in residence at CAP21 in New York developing his play, Salvation, which will be produced at the Hudson Stage Company in October. His other plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Lark Play Development Center, the Estrogenius Festival, Penguin Repertory, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Love Creek Productions; Crossing the Divide Festival in the West End of London; Victory Gardens in Chicago; Lyric Stage and Boston Playwrights Theatre in Boston; Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Grove Theatre Center, and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles; PlayPenn Conference, Telluride Playwrights Conference and the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Humble Play day 5

Humble Play Friday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler produced by the Corporation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Biechler will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Merri says about her play:
"This is a play about Franny- a clothing designer- who finds herself in a summer fling with a young man half her age. It is a comedy that explores themes of age and identity."

Merri Biechler’s plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (New Orleans Fringe Festival, November 2010) and Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant). Merri acted Off-Broadway in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, and on E.R., Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, and in the film Trailerpark.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Humble Play day 4

Humble Play Thursday, October 7 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Born Lucky by Chris Pomeroy produced by the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble. Mr. Pomeroy will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Chris says about his play:
"This is a play about the economic crisis in America, and how that crisis is making it harder for people to get ahead. It started when I met someone in my Illinois hometown much like Carla (one of the principal characters in the play). I would be eager to discover with ARTS/West's audiences whether the truth I am trying to find in the play is ringing true."

Chris Pomeroy is an actor and writer, based in Chicago. His plays include Courting the Wild Man, My Affair with Lady Macbeth, and Born Lucky. Favorite recent projects include playing Wotan in a six-hour adaptation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage), and a short film called Faster, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2010. He can be seen onstage until Oct. 30 in a new play called The Franklin Expedition at The Building Stage in Chicago. Much love to Melissa.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Humble Play day 3

Humble Play Wednesday, October 6 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Fuel House by Linda Felton Steinbaum produced by the ABC Players.

Here is what Linda says about her play:
"Fuel House is a modern day drama that follows one family's struggle with contemporary issues. Emphasis is on the fact that the numbers of people struggling to take care of both their parents and children, in the same household, is exploding. And, of course women are most likely struggling to keep it together."

Linda Felton Steinbaum is an award winning, produced and published Los Angeles playwright. In 2007, her drama MUSTANG SALLY, published by Samuel French, was performed at The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Her play FAT CHANCE has been produced in North Hollywood as well as Sierra Madre, California where it was extended. Her award winning one-act play SHIFTING GEARS has been produced in various theatres in California, as well as Maryland and Oregon. In December of 2008, Linda received a fellowship award for her play, FUEL HOUSE. She is a member of ALAP, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA, West.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Humble Play day 2

Humble Play Tuesday, October 5 @ 7:00 pm you will be treated to a table reading of the new play The Dying Words of Edison Strange by Nicholas Gray.

Here is what Nicholas says about his play:
"At its core, The Dying Words of Edison Strange is a tribute to that which I love most about the theater, its magic. It is a magical play about magical people using magical language in magical circumstances. It intends to honor the art of theater by illustrating just what is capable on a stage, and I believe that is precisely what an audience deserves and for what they yearn."

Nicholas Gray is an alumnus of the Emerson College Honors Program. His first venture as a writer was Pedestrian, the feature script that has since partnered him with Southern Gothic Productions. Pedestrian is currently in preproduction. His union with Southern Gothic (www.sogopro.com) has afforded him the great opportunities of drafting a graphic novel, creating the web pilot Friendship Union Community Theater, and helming the short film the true-love tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend. His first play, Population: 8, world premiered at the 13th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. The Dying Words of Edison Strange is his second play.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Humble Play opens Monday Oct. 4

Monday October 4th we have a very special treat for you. The Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio will open at 7:00 pm. The opening reception will feature home cooked food, the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis and the art opening of installations by Kari Gunter-Seymor and Aaron Smith. Around 8:00 pm please join us for a panel discussion on how new plays get done. Featured panelists are Veronica Bainbridge, Mary Tensing, and Erik Ramsey.


Veronica R. Bainbridge is a fundraising consultant and producer in New York City. Most recently, she was Director of Development at LAByrinth Theater Company (under Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Ortiz) for four years, where she produced a wide range of special events and raised more than $500,000 in contributed income annually towards new plays. She was also Business Manager at The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director) for four years. Her producing credits include projects at the Midlands Arts Center, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival, as well as the short film Nothing Happened which is now featuring in its 17th festival.


Erik Ramsey
is an Associate Professor of Playwriting, shares teaching
duties with Charles Smith in the MFA Playwriting Program, and is Head of Undergraduate Playwriting at Ohio University. His plays have been produced around the country, and Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing have published several of his short works. His recent play, LIONS LOST has been further developed at numerous regional theaters including Cleveland Public Theatre, American Stage, Victory Gardens, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and is slated for a reading at Brick Monkey Theater in Athens on November 9th. Currently, he is writing a trilogy of historical dramas about the surprising turn of events that boosted Joseph Smith from life as a small time con-artist to Prophet of the Mormon Church; the first in the series, titled SMITH UNEARTHED, has recently been featured and developed at the International Society of Contemporary Literature and Theatre Conference (Estonia: 2007), the Gwen Frostic National Reading Series at Western Michigan University (Nov, 2008), and at Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (Dec, 2008). His two textbooks, "The Art of Theatre: Then and Now" and "Experiencing the Art of Theatre" are in their second edition from Wadsworth (2010), and are in use at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. As a professional new play dramaturg, Erik has consulted on the development of a number of award winning plays, including Julie Jensen's DUST EATERS, one of four finalists for the PEN USA 2006 Literary Awards for Drama. In 2007 Erik was named a Kennedy Center Faculty Fellow for his work in new play development. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of Innovation, Research and Theory for WordBRIDGE Playwrights' Laboratory, and this past September he was invited to teach master classes in playwriting and new play development technique at Lubimovka Playwrights Laboratory in Moscow, Russia

Mary Tensing is an actor, playwright, director, and teacher. A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works and she has directed for The Women's Theater Initiative, The Know Theatre Tribe, and The Children's Theatre, as well as a number of touring productions for Cincinnati Opera's Education Ensemble and Theatre IV. Mary is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ohio Citizens for the Arts- are you a member?

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  • Publishes a monthly newsletter with information pertinent to the arts field locally, statewide, and nationally.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Meet the Playwrights

The Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachia Ohio invites you to its opening reception on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The reception will feature Appalachian cuisine, the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis, and a lecture on 'How New Plays Get Done' presented by Veronica Bainbridge. All Humble Play performances and activities are held at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.

Veronica R. Bainbridge is a fundraising consultant and producer in New York City. Most recently, she was Director of Development at LAByrinth Theater Company (under Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Ortiz) for four years, where she produced a wide range of special events and raised more than $500,000 in contributed income annually towards new plays. She was also Business Manager at The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director) for four years. Her producing credits include projects at the Midlands Arts Centre, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival, as well as the short film Nothing Happened which is now featuring in its 17th festival.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

  • Oct. 4, 2010 7:00pm- Opening reception with home cooked Appalachian cuisine, music from Charlie and Celia Lewis and a lecture on "How New Plays Get Done" presented by Veronica Bainbridge.
  • Oct. 5, 2010-7:00pm- Table reading of The Dying Words of Edison Strange by Nicholas Gray from Wilmington, NC produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts and The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
  • Oct. 6, 2010- 7:00PM-Staged Reading Fuel House by Linda Felton Steinbaum from Encino CA produced by ABC Players
  • Oct. 7, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Born Lucky by Chris Pomeroy from Chicago, IL produced by The Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
  • Oct. 8, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler, Stuart, OH produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts
  • Oct. 9, 2010- 7:00pm- Staged Reading Quit the Road Jack by Jerry Polner, Brooklyn, NY and Last Call and Squirrelly by James McLindon, Northampton, MA produced by The Lost Flamingo Company and A/W intern company
"But Emily, who are all of these playwrights and why haven't I heard of any of these plays?"

Well, they are new plays, babies fresh out of the nest! You get to come and here it here first (or, maybe or second or third, new play development is a long process) and here are their bios!

Humble Play Festival

Playwright Bios

Nicholas Gray- “The Dying Words of Edison Strange” presented 10/5 @7:00pm

Nicholas Gray is an alumnus of the Emerson College Honors Program. His first venture as a writer was Pedestrian, the feature script that has since partnered him with Southern Gothic Productions. Pedestrian is currently in preproduction. His union with Southern Gothic (www.sogopro.com) has afforded him the great opportunities of drafting a graphic novel, creating the web pilot Friendship Union Community Theater, and helming the short film the true-love tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend. His first play, Population: 8, world premiered at the 13th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. The Dying Words of Edison Strange is his second play.

Linda Felton Steinbaum- “Fuel House” presented 10/6 @7:00pm

Linda Felton Steinbaum is an award winning, produced and published Los Angeles playwright. In 2007, her drama MUSTANG SALLY, published by Samuel French, was performed at The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Her play FAT CHANCE has been produced in North Hollywood as well as Sierra Madre, California where it was extended. Her award winning one-act play SHIFTING GEARS has been produced in various theatres in California, as well as Maryland and Oregon. In December of 2008, Linda received a fellowship award for her play, FUEL HOUSE. She is a member of ALAP, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA, West.

Chris Pomeroy- “Born Lucky” presented 10/7 @7:00pm

Chris Pomeroy is an actor and writer, based in Chicago. His plays include Courting the Wild Man, My Affair with Lady Macbeth, and Born Lucky. Favorite recent projects include playing Wotan in a six-hour adaptation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage), and a short film called Faster, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2010. He can be seen onstage until Oct. 30 in a new play called The Franklin Expedition at The Building Stage in Chicago. Much love to Melissa.

Merri Biechler- “Her Summer Fling” presented 10/8 @7:00pm

Merri Biechler’s plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (New Orleans Fringe Festival, November 2010) and Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant). Merri acted Off-Broadway in “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding,” and on “E.R.,” “Judging Amy,” “Murphy Brown,” and in the film “Trailerpark.”

Jerry Polner- “Quit the Road Jack” presented 10/9 @7:00pm

Jerry’s full-length play FIX NUMBER SIX was chosen by the Boomerang Theatre Company for its First Flight reading series in 2009. His short plays FLORENCE FAREWELL, GONE WITH THE MASHA, and THANK YOU FOR APPLYING were produced by the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Manhattan Theatre Source, Brecht Forum, and Galapogos Artspace. Included in his full-length plays are HALF BAKED, produced by the Story People, MAN OVERBOARD, produced by High Five Productions, and WEATHERMAN, published by Samuel French and produced by high schools around the country. His political comedy sketches, and still more, are at RadicalGags.com.

James McLindon- “Squirrelly” & “Last Call” (2 10 minute plays) presented 10/9 following "Quit the Road Jack"

James McLindon’s play, Comes a Faery, was developed this summer at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is currently in residence at CAP21 in New York developing his play, Salvation, which will be produced at the Hudson Stage Company in October. His other plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Lark Play Development Center, the Estrogenius Festival, Penguin Repertory, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Love Creek Productions; Crossing the Divide Festival in the West End of London; Victory Gardens in Chicago; Lyric Stage and Boston Playwrights Theatre in Boston; Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Grove Theatre Center, and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles; PlayPenn Conference, Telluride Playwrights Conference and the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock.

Each selected play will be presented as a reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. Each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright's words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:00 PM. Donations are encouraged.


Many thanks to the The Ohio Arts Council and the Humble Play Committee for making this festival possible.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our Brick Monkey friends

Hey all, the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is having a reading tonight of a new play at Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University Campus !

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is back from summer break and ready to present another free play reading! September’s offering will be Garret Schneider’s play Swagger Like This. Part of Brick Monkey’s mission is to develop new plays.

The reading will be presented by the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, southeast Ohio's only professional theater company. The reading will be directed by ensemble member David Haugen and will feature ensemble members Ledger Free and Lorraine Wochna, and Zach Kopciak.

The reading will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University campus. Admission is free.