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First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival at the MuCCC Sept 15-24, 2016

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival at the MuCCC Sept 15-24, 2016

see all MuCCC shows listed on the FRINGE website HERE

Fringe box office (585) 957-9837

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John W. Borek and Underwords in cooperation with DVC presents: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

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BuyTickets_240px-no-feeJohn W. Borek and Underwords in cooperation with DVC presents: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

Sept 29- Oct 1

Ghosts is a scathing commentary on 19th-century morality, particularly the repression and delusion of the era. Because of its subject matter, it immediately generated strong controversy and negative criticism. Now considered a classic, the play’s themes resonate as powerfully as they did 130 years ago, a testament to Ibsen’s writing, and a sad reflection on the state of the modern world.

GhostsShowtimes:
Thursday, Sept 29 @ 8pm (preview performance)
Friday, Sept 30 @ 8pm
Saturday, Oct 1 @ 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 advance at www.muccc.org,
$7 students

About DVC:

Dream/Visualize/Create, a collection of students and graduates of Wilson Magnet High School’s drama club and local artists, is celebrating its 15thyear of bringing thought-provoking, challenging productions to audiences. In keeping with the club’s mission to bring affordable, meaningful, socially-conscious theatre to Rochester, DVC has performed shows such as Stop Kiss, The Shadow Box, No Exit, and a double bill of The Trojan Women and Necessary Targets, and original projects such as Overcoming Andromeda, More Than This (featuring the music of Vanessa Carlton), and American Skin.

For more info on DVC: www.facebook/DreamVC

Penny Sterling – Spy in the House of Men

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Oct 5, 2016  8 pm  $10

One Show Only, back by popular demand!  performed in its full length.

read the D&C review HERE

Spy in the House of Men

Spy in the House of Men

Forgo the frill, abandon pretension, and dig in for 50 minutes of humble and humorous insight as Penny Sterling relates the very true story of her fictitious life as a man, and her true life as a transgender woman. Rochester comedienne, parent, TV producer/director, improv artist, storyteller, and now informant, Penny will report the findings from her 54 years as a SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN.

 

from the Democrat and Chronicle:

Penny Sterling finds her way

This sentimental scene has likely been repeated many times across the country over the last month or two: Fathers making that long drive with their youngest daughters, dropping them off for the first year of college.

Except this father was wearing a red sleeveless top, a houndstooth mini skirt, black tights and knee-high boots. Before Penny Sterling left the Virginia campus of The College of William & Mary a few days later, she’d also worn the blue sun dress. And the jeans skirt with Espadrilles and T-shirt depicting Dr. Who’s time-traveling Tardus phone booth caught in the starship Enterprise’s tractor beam. Genders can change, but sci-fi fans are eternal.

“A lot of people have questions,” Sterling admits. “I have a unique set of skills allowing me to tell my story. Make it less mysterious, more real.”

She tells that story at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, with shows Saturday and Monday at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center. She calls the spoken-word performance — a blend of comedy and serious self examination — “Spy in the House of Men.”

Sterling, a producer and director of sports television programming at the local Time Warner cable channel, has been many things over the course of her 54 years. The gender identity bounces back and forth, like watching a tennis match, depending on where we are in the story. He was the youngest son in a stridently nuclear family. A college student, studying acting, earning a master’s degree in communications. Married, father to two adopted children and two biological children. At a comedy club’s open-mic night in 1992, when he finished second to a woman, Brian Pienkoski was technically correct when he declared himself “Rochester’s Funniest Man.”

But Rochester’s Funniest Man was also a confused man, perhaps a confused woman, and an angry one, the frustrations spilling out into verbal abuse of his wife and children. Friends and co-workers, too.

Where, and how, did this debilitating uncertainty start? Sterling has thought long and hard about this. “I’ve been telling my story, I’ve been writing about this,” she says. “People tell me, ‘You should be writing a book.’ ”

Chapter One begins in Corning, where Brian Pienkoski was born and raised. His father, Art, was a research development engineer at Corning Glass Works. Their home was an informal test kitchen for new items such as the virtually indestructible Corelle glassware. Sterling remembers the night her father finished eating some ice cream and flung the dish against a wall. See? It didn’t break.

“He was a 1950s, 1960s regular guy,” Sterling says. “The kind of guy who says, ‘No wife of mine is going to work when there are kids to be raised.’ ”

There were, in fact, two kids. Brian and the older brother, Bruce.

In Art’s pragmatic mind, the family was “two big humans, two small humans,” Sterling says. “My brother could read a blueprint when he was 4 years old.” Like his dad, Bruce became an engineer. Like his dad, Bruce suffered a heart attack: Both while playing volleyball, both at age 56. Art died, Bruce lived. Sterling is a quick study. “I guess that was God’s way of saying, ‘Don’t play volleyball,’ ” she says.

As for Eleanor, the “no wife of mine” could type 60 words a minute without making a mistake. “She was organized,” Sterling says. “Everything your phone and laptop can do right now, she did.” But those skills didn’t fit Art’s family vision.

And to Art, the youngest son was the odd-man out in this nuclear-family blueprint. “I was a tool to be utilized,” Sterling says. That tool’s function: Eleanor’s right-hand child. “She was starved for female attention. My brother was always with my father. I was always with my mother. My father would use the phrase ‘like a girl’ all the time. ‘You throw like a girl.’ None of it was complimentary.”

His young mind was overtaken by unhealthy fantasies. At night, he would crawl out of bed and sneak over to his parents’ room, listening at the door. Imagining that the conversations he might overhear were his parents as kidnappers, negotiating ransom demands over the phone with his real mother and father.

Eleanor understood their roles as well. At dinner one night, “When I was 8 years old,” Sterling says, “she told me I was supposed to be a girl.

“My brother laughed. Dad cleared his throat and got very uncomfortable.

“Shortly after that, I started wearing my mother’s clothes.”

Sterling describes it as “a cool wash cloth on a hot day feeling.” Until the day he was 14 year old, and was caught. Bruce was off doing a guy thing, playing basketball, when Eleanor called, said she would be late and asked her son to get dinner started. He was alone in the house, wearing one of his mother’s sun dresses and a string of pearls, making a meatloaf and listening to a Bette Midler record. It sounds like a gay cliché but, “Mostly, it was being a human being,” Sterling says.

Eleanor’s car pulled into the driveway. She was home earlier than expected.

Sterling recalls dashing upstairs to his mother’s bedroom, locking the door and, in panic, replacing the dress and pearls. “I had gotten really good at remembering how she put her stuff away,” Sterling says. Eleanor followed her son to the room and was banging on the door. The jig was up. He opened the door, still wearing her slip, saying something about only wanting to know how it felt.

Eleanor walked up to her son. He braced himself; Eleanor usually spoke to him in a commanding voice. Instead, “She kissed me on the lips,” Sterling says. “I said, ‘Please don’t tell Dad.’ ”

As far as Sterling knows, she kept their secret.

“I started lifting weights,” Sterling says. “I denied this part of my life.”

The charade continued throughout high school. He went to the prom with a girl, hugging her at the end of the night. He studied acting at Ithaca College — “I got to be somebody other than me” — watched other guys and emulated them. “I gained weight, I didn’t take care of myself,” Sterling says. “I wore crappy clothing and I was angry and aggressive.”

But this is where Penny Sterling was born, she says. “I was backstage at a play in college, and a bored actress came up to me and asked, ‘What’s your drag name?’ Which terrified me, I thought she saw something.” Actually, this was one of those games where you put together your childhood pet’s name (A dog named Penny) and the street where you grew up (Sterling Street).

MY MUSIC / MY MAGIC / MY LIFE. STAGE NAME: JIMMY C

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MY MUSIC / MY MAGIC / MY LIFE

STAGE NAME: JIMMY C

Oct 15, 2016 7:30 pm

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MY MUSIC / MY MAGIC / MY LIFE

STAGE NAME: JIMMY C

 

I’VE BEEN ENTERTAINING FOR OVER 50 YEARS, STARTING OUT AS A LEAD SINGER IN LOCAL BANDS SUCH AS NIGHT STAR, SNEEKERS AND CIRCUS TO NAME A FEW. SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE VOICE OVERS AND JINGLES FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION.

RIGHT AFTER A MAGICIAN SHOWED ME A MAGIC TRICK, I WAS BIT BY THE MAGIC BUG 25 PLUS YEARS AGO AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. I BECAME THE PRESIDENT OF S.A.M. THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS FOR THE LOCAL CHAPTER AND WON 4 TIME CLOSE UP MAGIC CONTEST AND RECEIVED MY DOCTORATE DEGREE IN THE PRESTIGIOUS 4FFFF MAGIC CLUB AND AM NOW ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

SOME OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD PERFORMING MAGIC, 2 MONTH TOUR OF CHINA WITH 21 SHOWS IN 23 CITIES THROUGHOUT CHINA AS FAR AS MONGOLIA AND BACK TO BEIJING TO SOLD OUT THEATRES. PERFORMING MAGIC ON THE STREETS OF CAIRO EGYPT, KOREA, PARIS, SPAIN AND LAS VEGAS TO NAME A FEW. DOING MAGIC FOR STEVIE WONDER’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AND FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES NOW BRINGING THE MAGIC TO YOU!

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Shakespeare Players of Rochester’s Hamlet, in repertory with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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Oct 28 through Nov 19, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Shakespeare Players of Rochester’s Hamlet, in repertory with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, starts Oct. 28, 2016.

The Shakespeare Players of Rochester is mounting two plays in repertory at MuCCC Theater Oct. 28-Nov. 19, 2016: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Cast members will play the same characters in both plays, written in different styles nearly 400 years apart.

hamlet-and-rg-final-posterRochester attorney Peter Scribner, founder of The Shakespeare Players, directs Hamlet, while Jean Gordon Ryon, who has extensive experience in Rochester’s professional and community theaters, directs the Stoppard play. The Shakespeare Players is a program of the Rochester Community Players.

Eight performances of each play will be presented. Hamlet will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29, and Nov. 3, 11, 16 and 18; and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 13.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 17, and 19; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6. Audience members who would like to compare the plays can see them on different dates or see both on Nov. 13. Tickets are available at the door at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave., or online at www.muccc.org.

Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30: Hamlet
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30: Hamlet
Sunday (Matinee) Oct. 30 at 2:00 PM: Hamlet;

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30: Hamlet
Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM: R&G
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30: R&G
Sunday (Matinee), Nov. 6 at 2:00: R&G

Thursday Nov. 10 at 7:30: R&G
Friday Nov. 11 at 7:30: Hamlet
Saturday Nov. 12 at 7:30: R&G
Sunday, Nov. 13 (matinee) at 2:00: Hamlet
Sunday, Nov. 13 (evening) at 7:30: R&G

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30: Hamlet
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30: R&G
Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30: Hamlet
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30: R&G

 

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First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival at the MuCCC Sept 15-24, 2016

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see all MuCCC shows listed on the FRINGE website HERE

Fringe box office (585) 957-9837

see all FRINGE 2016 show listings HERE

buy FRINGE tickets at http://rochesterfringe.com

 

The Shadow of the Hummingbird

September 23rd at 7:00pm

In this short, sweet, and very slight new play written by the venerable South African playwright Athol Fugard, ten-year-old Boba (as her grandfather calls her) has come to play hooky, more or less, when she should be studying. The old man (Oupa) tries to awaken in his granddaughter (and in himself) an appreciation of the beauty and wonder inherent in the world outside the windows of his Southern California study.

  • Length: 65 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

The Hatchet Man

September 23rd at 9:00pm

Who says hard work is the only way to the top? THE HATCHET MAN, a new comedy written by local playwright Mark Jabaut and directed by Rochester’s Marcy Gamzon, combines corporate doublespeak and murder. Business bigwig Mr. Grace convinces a lowly salesperson to eliminate the CEO of their company. When the salesperson finds that a little discreet homicide at work isn’t as horrible as he imagined, the body count begins to rise. Corporate murder can be fun!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Comedy

WILD BEAST DANCE | Tammy Carrasco

September 24th at 3:00pm

WILD BEAST DANCE | Tammy Carrasco makes its Rochester premiere as the city’s newest contemporary dance company. Audiences will see dynamic, collage-like dances that are both mysterious and magnetic as professional dancers from across the country tackle virtuostic movement with precision and abandon. Set to a range of music from Shostakovich to Prince, WILD BEAST’s assertive, quirky, and athletic physicality addresses themes of gender, queerness, and difference. Don’t miss this outstanding showcase of Rochester’s freshest choreographic voice!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Dance

Monologues On Clarissa St.

September 24th at 4:30pm

Venture back to a time and place in Rochester, NY, where the days were long but the nights were longer, and where people were jazz and community was the tempo. MONOLOGUES ON CLARISSA STREET will reunite you with characters you remember and introduce you to others you won’t forget – on Clarissa Street, where the soul of Rochester begins!

  • Length: 70 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Marx in Soho

September 24th at 6:00pm

Back at Fringe by popular demand! In MARX IN SOHO, historian Howard Zinn creates a whimsical and timely one-man play in which Karl Marx returns from the beyond to clear his name. However, due to a bureaucratic mix up, Marx arrives – not in his old neighborhood in London, but in New York City’s SoHo district. Award winning actor, Jack Simel, portrays the renowned and highly controversial philosopher.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

The Hatchet Man

September 24th at 7:30pm

Who says hard work is the only way to the top? THE HATCHET MAN, a new comedy written by local playwright Mark Jabaut and directed by Rochester’s Marcy Gamzon, combines corporate doublespeak and murder. Business bigwig Mr. Grace convinces a lowly salesperson to eliminate the CEO of their company. When the salesperson finds that a little discreet homicide at work isn’t as horrible as he imagined, the body count begins to rise. Corporate murder can be fun!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Comedy

White

September 24th at 9:00pm

In 1967, Rochester conceptual artist and performer John Borek was a freshman at Columbia. His roommate was an accomplished, thoughtful young intellectual who, 20 years later, became one of the most influential thinkers and writers of the modern white supremacist movement. WHITE is an exploration of how we change, what we fear, and whom we hate.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Swamp Trotter

September 24th at 10:00pm

Swamp Trotter is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists from Rochester and France with a strong folk sensitivity. Their all-original songs in English and French bring together groovy beats, acoustic and electric guitar interactions, and melodic vocal harmonies. They have found inspiration in artists like Wilco, Noir Desir, Fleet Foxes, and Neutral Milk Hotel. On stage, Swamp Trotter develops musical narratives punctuated by hints of French gypsy jazz, intimate folk melodies, and heavier rock outcries.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Music