RCP presents Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

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Apr
11
7:30 pm
Apr
12
7:30 pm
Apr
13
2:00 pm
Apr
17
7:30 pm
Apr
18
7:30 pm
Apr
19
2:00 pm
Apr
19
7:30 pm
Apr
24
7:30 pm
Apr
25
7:30 pm
Apr
26
7:30 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeThe Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

*the performance for April 24th will be a signed interpreted performance.

City Newspaper has reviewed our current production of The Winter’s Tale, now playing at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Here is the link to the online copy of David Raymond’s excellent review; the print copy should come out in tomorrow’s issue.

Directed by VIRGINIA MONTE

William Shakespeare’s fantastical masterpiece “The Winter’s Tale” comes storming into Rochester’s MUCCC Theater this April.  One of Shakespeare’s final great works, “The Winter’s Tale” weaves a complicated web of myth and fate when a shadow of doubt twists a loving king and father into a wicked tyrant and sends a wayward princess out into the wilderness of distant lands.  It is the story of tragic lovers, powerful monarchs, ancient magic, frenzied foolery, one ravenous bear and a faith in love that can redeem a nation.

Tickets: $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25

no fee for online purchase

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LEONTES- James Heath

MAMILLIUS- Lydia Moore

CAMILLO- Roger Gans

ANTIGONUS- Richard “Tony” Eckel

CLEOMENES/ DORCAS – Kate Sherman

DION- Matt Moore

HERMIONE- Abby DeVuyst

PERDITA- Danielle Lattiere

PAULINA- Midge Marshall

EMILIA/ MOPSA - Susanna Rose

POLIXENES- Brad Craddock

FLORIZEL- Chester Brassie

SHEPHERD- Tom Borhrer

CLOWN- Timothy Ellison

AUTOLYCUS/ARCHIDAMUS- Mark Casey

TIME (FATES) – Haven Shea, Jenna Schlags, Laurie Maskelony

YOUNG CLOWN- Jake Hamilton

*the performance for April 24th will be a signed interpreted performance.

presented by

The Shakespeare Players of Rochester

A program of the Rochester Community Players

For more information: rochestercommunityplayers.org

 

 

The Winter’s Tale Opens Friday at MuCCC ! 

Three Week Run April 11 to 26! 

Deaf Interpretation Show April 24!

 

 

 

ALSO:

 

Shakespeare Literary Society meets this Sunday, April 13 12 noon Barnes & Noble!

 

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Wednesday April 23, at 7:30 at MuCCC!

 

Irish Players Fall Production Director Proposals Requested by May 15!

New Fall Irish Players production to run at MuCCC October 17 to 25

 

Midsummer casted!

 

Stratford Trip in August still has room for you!

 

Director for Fall 2013 production of Lear Selected!

 

Slinging the Inc.: Meanderings about Fred Nurenber, David Runzo, Nancy Kennedy, Jerry Argetsinger, Carol Brown, Tom Vawter and on and on. . .

 

The Stories. . .

 

The Winter’s Tale Opens Friday: The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players present Shakespeare’s amazing story of jealously and forgiveness, opening for a three run this Friday, April 11 at 7:30. Ten performances are scheduled at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester.  The full performance schedule is listed below.

 

The Winter’s Tale weaves a complicated web of myth and fate when a shadow of doubt twists a loving king and father into a wicked tyrant and sends a wayward princess out into the wilderness of distant lands.  It is the story of tragic lovers, powerful monarchs, ancient magic, frenzied foolery, one ravenous bear and a faith in love that can redeem a nation.

 

Virginia Monte directs this production. Ms. Monte has worked with Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She brings a vivid sense of visual art to the show, using, among other things, a variety of puppetry techniques, both three dimensional and shadow puppets. The bear alone is worth the price of admission (see the picture at the top of this email. Shakespeare’s famous stage direction, “exeunt, pursued by a bear”, challenges every production of this play).

 

Leading the cast is James Heath, one of Rochester’s most experienced actors. Jim has appeared in several of our Free Shakespeare at the Bowl productions, including as the title character in Hamlet in 2009. Jim portrays Leontes (pictured below), the King of Sicily, whose jealous rages spark the story line. Brad Craddock, another RCP Shakespeare Players veteran, plays Polixenes, King of Bohemia, boyhood friend of Leontes until jealously separates them.

 

 

 

In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare threw away the book on how a conventional play is constructed. The first half is a searing tragedy, tense and dramatic as any of his greatest works. In the second half, the mood flips entirely around, and we are presented with a funny pastoral comedy. In this part of the play, RCP Shakespeare Players veteran Mark Casey portrays Autoly, one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic characters. The two halves are tied together by the end of the play.

 

Tickets for the play may be purchased in advance online at muccc.com (at no extra charge) or by phone at 866-811-4111 ($1 per order fee.) Ticket prices are as follows:

 

General Admission:     $19.00

Seniors (over age 65)   $14.00

Juniors (under age 25)  $9.00

 

City Newspaper has reviewed our current production of The Winter’s Tale, now playing at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Here is the link to the online copy of David Raymond’s excellent review; the print copy should come out in tomorrow’s issue.

NOTE: THE PERFORMANCE THURSDAY APRIL 24 WILL BE INTERPETED FOR THE DEAF

 

Performances are at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue, 14607 (corner of Fairmount Street and Atlantic Avenue, three blocks east of the intersection of University and Atlantic Avenues, between University Avenue and the Atlantic Avenue underpass under the rail road tracks.) PARKING is available at the parking lot across Fairmount Street from the theater.

 

More information: rochestercommunityplayers.org or on the Shakespeare Players page of Facebook.

The Shakespeare Players present: Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday All the Wold’s a Stage: Scenes, songs and sonnets in celebration of Bard’s Birthday!!

Apr
23
7:30 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeShakespeare’s 450th Birthday

All the Wold’s a Stage: Scenes, songs and sonnets in celebration of Bard’s Birthday!!

a pay-what-you-can fundraiser!!

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SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY NEXT WEDNESDAY: Over 35 performers will present scenes, sonnets, songs and more scenes as we celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 PM. This year’s show is called All The World’s a Stage; cake will be provided and wine will be served.

This will be a fun evening at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. There is no ticket charge; this is a fundraiser for our Shakespeare Players program, so pay Will what you will.

 

Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester, NY

Apr
28
7:30 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feea Pay What You Wish benefit for GAGV and MuCCC

USA / 2013 / Video / 90 min. | Directed by: Kevin J. Indovinoglf patty year book.jpg

Rochester takes center stage in a much anticipated documentary about a city that has always been at the forefront of social change and justice.Shoulders to Stand On begins by exploring a not-so-distant past: before Stonewall and before the birth of the Gay Movement. We discover a city at the height of prosperity, a city steeped in history and yet overshadowed by secrets.

Before the 1970s the fear of losing jobs and family kept gay men and women underground, living double lives. Meeting places and local watering holes were constantly under the scrutiny of police: raids and payoffs were common, unchallenged practices of the day. But then, in 1969, the Stonewall Riots would provide the spark that ignited voices across the nation, and the voices in Rochester were determined to be heard. With the insight and courage of a small group of university students, Rochester’s Gay Liberation Movement was born. Their voices quickly propelled Rochester into one of the most progressive and influential LGBT communities in the country.

Inspired by the spirit of a city renowned for the legacies of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Rochester’s LGBT community would set the bar for gay activism and religious tolerance. It would lead the way to put the first openly gay candidate into an elected office in New York State. It would rise to the fight against AIDS, bringing together an entire community with care and education. The Flower City and its corporations would be one of the first to implement domestic partnership benefits and, more recently, it would be a key player in getting a gay marriage bill passed in New York.

worklogo4Shoulders to Stand On celebrates the brave men and women who had the courage to step out of the closet, allowing their voices to be heard, in the tradition of a city whose history is firmly grounded in freedom and equality for all.

- Kevin Indovino

 

a Pay What You Wish benefit for GAGV and MuCCC

https://www.facebook.com/shoulderstostandon

RLTC Workshops- Acting Up!

May
3
11:00 am
May
3
2:00 pm
May
4
11:00 am
May
4
2:00 pm

buy individual sessions HERE- package price available only at somosRLTC@gmail.com

buy individual sessions HERE- package price available only at somosRLTC@gmail.com

RLTC is thrilled to offer a series of Theater/ActingWorkshops open to the Rochester community. All are welcome to attend.   No experience needed.

RLTC Workshops

Buy individual sessions HERE- package price available only at somosRLTC@gmail.com
RLTC is thrilled to offer a series of Theater/ActingWorkshops open to the Rochester community. All are welcome to attend. No experience needed.

Session fee $20 each. Take all 4 Sessions for $70. Limited Space * Book today

Saturday, May 3rd  Session I             11 to 1pm

Theatre of the Oppressed        taught by Henry Padrón-Morales Theatre of the Oppressed is a theoretical framework and set of techniques developed by Brazilian director, artist and activist Augusto Boal.  Theatre of the Oppressed engages people in discovery, critical reflection and dialogue and the process of liberation! Through Theatre of the Oppressed we can better understand ourselves, our communities and our world. There are several series of techniques, tools and expressions of Theatre of the Oppressed. Mr. Padrón-Morales will guide participants through a series of games.

Henry Padrón-Morales teaches Kindergarten in School 12 in Rochester. He is a community activist, performing and teaching artist, poet and percussionist. His poetry is included in the 2012 anthology, ¿What’s in a Nombre?, published by phat’itude Literary Magazine.

Saturday, May 3rd  Session II:           2 to 4pm

Playback Theatre Technique     taught my Annette Ramos

Playback theater is an original form of Improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.  Ramos guides participates through a series of theatre/improv games leading into interactive and spontaneous storytelling where their stories come to life, performed by a team of actors, musicians and workshop participants.

Annette Aguilar Ramos is an actress, storyteller, teaching artist, writer and improviser who maintains an active performance and community service schedule in the Latino community. Ramos is Executive Director of the RLTC, Manager of Educational Services for Young Audiences of Rochester and an Artist in Residence at MuCCC. She has written several plays, dozens of monologues, poems and Spoken Word presentations and currently co-writing and directing several RLTC productions. Annette has over 30 years of theater training and productions as well as feature films, industrials and commercials to her credit. She has completed Core training in the Playback form and believes in the power of story.

Sunday May 4th

Session I:     11 to 1pm

Introduction to Acting     taught by Victoria Pérez

A beginning course in the fundamentals of acting, establishing a working vocabulary and acquiring the basic skills of the acting process using Chekhov’s qualities of movement. Through exercises and improvisations, participants will explore the imagination as the actor’s primary resource, and the basic approach to text through action. This workshop will focus on beginning scene study with an emphasis on exploring action/objective and the given circumstances of a selected text.

Sunday May 4th  Session II:           2 to 4pm

Acting beyond the Page      taught by Victoria Pérez

Pérez continues beyond the page with a deepening of the fundamentals of acting, establishing a working vocabulary and acquiring the basic skills of the acting process using Chekhov’s qualities of movement. Through exercises and improvisations, participants will explore the imagination as the actor’s primary resource, and the basic approach to text through action. This workshop will focus on advanced scene study with selected text.

Victoria Pérez is the co-founder and artistic director of Raíces Theatre Company and is an accomplished actress, director, singer and teaching artist. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC in Musical Theatre.  Victoria is an ensemble member of Road Less Traveled, and a company member of O’Connell and Co and Subversive Theatre.  Among her favorite theatre credits are Botanica (Millie), La Gringa (Iris) and RED ROSE with PREGONES Theatre in NYC starring the acclaimed Puerto Rican singer DANNY RIVERA. Favorite director credits: Real Women Have Curves and Radio Golf. Victoria has been nominated several times for Buffalo’s Artie Awards and won Outstanding Actress in a musical for Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria.   Victoria has received the Arts Award from Hispanics United of Buffalo and hopes that through her work she is able to encourage an appreciation of the arts within the Latino community.

Acting-Up!

Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents W.A.C. In Iraq

May
3
7:00 pm

Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents W.A.C. In Iraq, a staged reading

WAC IRAQ Revision 2 Hi-ResWritten by Mel Nieves, Directed by Jose R Casado

One Performance Only!   $5 at the door

We are excited to have Jose Casado as your Director. Additionally, the writer of the show Mel Nieves will be joining us on performance day! This is truly rare and is a delight to have a writer join a reading of his own play!

Play bio:

W.A.C. Iraq, mothers, daughters, sisters, and soldiers, their voices filled with loss, confusion, loneliness, anger and hope, try to make sense of the ever changing world around them during a questionable time of war; a world where for some, home is but a distant memory and for many others the front lines between life and death is nothing more than a blur.

 

Rochester Latino Theatre Company will have other events during this week at MuCCC, including acting lessons.

 

 

THE JOHN W. BOREK PRODUCTION OF Hamlet

May
5
7:30 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeHamlet is long. NOT ANYMORE!
Hamlet is a downer. NOT ANYMORE!
Hamlet is Shakespeare’s greatest play. NOT ANYMORE!
Join us for the John W. Borek production of HAMLET!!!
1620360_10151890244836626_1702038248_nThe Hamlet you’ve never seen before. The Hamlet you’ve asked for. The Hamlet you’ve dreamt of. Hamlet, Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude, Yorick, the Ghost. All your favorites are back AND many new exciting characters as well. You’ll fall in love with: HAMLET!
Family Friendly. HAMLET!
Don’t miss it. One performance only.

 

Polish Theater Sensation Jan Pytalski agrees to direct The John W. Borek Production of Hamlet.  

John W. Borek Presents is proud to announce that it has just secured Polish director Jan Pytalski to direct the John W. Borek Productions presentation of Hamlet to be performed ONCE on May 5th at 8:00 PM at the MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, New York.

Mr. Pytalski transformed  the international  theater world with his productions of Uncle Vanya, Uncle Vanya II, Uncle Vanya: Die Hard and his most recent critical success: August: Dysfunkcyjnej Lub Jurysdykcji.

John W. Borek Presents has long been associated with quality theater productions:  Moose Murders, Dinner Theater, A Brief History of the Apocalypse and Jesus in India have all raised the bar for contemporary American drama.

For further information, please contact John Borek at 585-455-6921 or at johnwborek@yahoo.com.  Interviews with Mr. Pytalski are arranged on request.

MuCCC College Theater Festival

May
9
8:00 pm
May
10
3:00 pm
May
10
8:00 pm
May
11
3:00 pm

MuCCC College Theater Festival  May 9-11 2014

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeNOTE- EXACT SHOW TIMES AND DATES WILL BE DETERMINED 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT, BASED ON ENTRIES.

students with ID         $5 advance/ $8 door

General Admission-   $8 advance/ $12 at door

Goals:  To provide exposure to young directors, college actors, and original work** created by college students. To encourage the use of MuCCC as a professional spring board for artists just emerging from training.

Content:

  • A week festival in early May (just after most finals) of college student directed, written or created short plays ranging from 7-25 minutes in length and presented in groups of 4-6.
  • Each performance would represent a variety of schools encouraging intercommunication between theatre artists and educators in the Rochester area. There would be two programs (A, & B) each featuring plays from different institutions. Each program will be performed twice. THIS MAY CHANGE BASED ON NUMBER OF ENTRIES
  • Following select performances, there will be a moderated talk-back between audience and directors.

**  any production that has been developed and contributed to primarily by students is eligible for inclusion in this year’s festival.

For example, a play written by students but directed by a faculty member is eligible for inclusion, because the majority of creative contribution (the script itself) was put forth by students.

 

The College at Brockport, Nazareth College, Monroe Community College, SUNY Geneseo, NTID

MuCCC Spring Dance Sampler

May
16
8:00 pm
May
17
8:00 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeMuCCC Spring Dance Sampler

Tickets $9 in advance; $10 at the door.

Experience the depth, range and artistry of Rochester’s contemporary dance scene at MuCCC’s first-ever Dance Sampler! Featured choreographers are:

photo courtesy of James Hansen

photo courtesy of James Hansen

Melanie Aceto, Kathy Diehl, Laurie MacFarlane, Ruben T. Ornelas, Donna Davenport (Friday May 16 only), Eran Hanlon (Friday May 16 only), Maureen Gorman (Saturday May 17 only), and James Hansen (Saturday May 17 only).

photo courtesy of Melanie Aceto; photo credit: Paul Hokanson

photo courtesy of Melanie Aceto; photo credit: Paul Hokanson

Melanie Aceto’s solo, “Vent,” is an exploration of the breath, using it to create a score that accompanies and also drives her movement.  In Kathy Diehl’s “constraints of possibility” three dancers explore spatial constraints and their relationship to the cellist accompanying them. “Passing” by Laurie MacFarlane is a collage of found movement set against a backdrop of spoken word and familiar song. “Poemas del Barrio,” a solo by Ruben T. Ornelas is set to the poetry of Joaquin Zihuatanejo, interspersed with Mexican folk music.

photo courtesy of Kathy Diehl

photo courtesy of Kathy Diehl

“On the Way” by Donna Davenport features four dancers who perform rehearsal behaviors, improvise, speak, count, sing and sneeze. The piece ends when the dancers have sufficiently prepared themselves to perform (Friday May 16 only). In “Olive Juice,” set to music by Phillip Glass, Eran Hanlon and Alaina Olivieri explore the relationship of two people attending to the domestic tasks of everyday life together (Friday May 16 only).

“Ophelia’s Reclamation,” a solo choreographed by James Hansen and performed by Vanessa VanWormer, uses Pre-Raphealite paintings of Ophelia as a catalyst to explore a reunification between self and nature; the imagery of drifting currents creates a sense of ease, harmony and release (Saturday May 17 only). Maureen Gorman’s “Beat It Kid” fuses modern dance and hip hop, while addressing gender stereotypes (Saturday May 17 only).

Performers include dancers Leanne Rinelli, Lauren Kush, Bonnie Bushnell, Emily Dove, Ingrid Dehler-Seter, Kaitley Wozer, Alaina Olivieri, Vanessa VanWormer, Emily Gerst, and musician Nadine Sherman.

out of pocket productions presents Well by Lisa Kron

May
23
7:30 pm
May
24
7:30 pm
May
25
2:00 pm
May
29
7:30 pm
May
30
7:30 pm
May
31
7:30 pm

May 23, 24, & 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. BuyTickets_240px-no-feeMay 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $15

Well by Lisa Kron

This Tony-award-nominated play is like nothing you have ever seen before.  Playwright Lisa Kron tells the story of playwright Lisa Kron attempting to stage a play that will investigate not only Kron’s complex relationship with her mother but also the nature of the near-debilitating allergies that both women have suffered from for most of their lives.  Things soon spin out of control, though, when Kron’s mother, in hilarious fashion, hijacks the play for her own purposes and forces Kron to dig deeper into her own life and state of mind than even she first intended.  This Rochester premiere will be an event not to be missed.

John W Borek presents Hedda Gabler starring Meredith Powell

Jun
5
7:30 pm
Jun
6
7:30 pm
Jun
7
7:30 pm
Jun
8
2:00 pm
Jun
12
7:30 pm
Jun
13
7:30 pm
Jun
14
7:30 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeMichael Arve’s adaptation/production of Hedda Gabler starring Meredith Powell

ANYONE MAKING AN ON-LINE OR PHONE RESERVATION PRIOR TO MAY 15TH WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A $50. GIFT CERTIFICATE TO EDIBLES. DRAWING MAY 17TH.

Hedda Poster 5 x7This new adaptation of Ibsen’s classic brings the title character into New Haven, CT in the late 1940s. Having entered into a loveless marriage, Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon with milquetoast college professor George to the tedium of middle class life. Her father’s old friend, Judge Brack, is the only one aware of her discontent at the fate to which she’s condemned herself by agreeing to marry George. As she’s dreading a future filled with visits from George’s spinster aunt, a high school rival, Thea, re-enters her life, bringing with her the potential of excitement.

Thea is looking for an old flame of Hedda’s, who has returned to New Haven after spending years away from the city sobering up, riding the tremendous success of his new book. Soon Hedda finds a way to alleviate the boredom suffocating her, toying with the lives of everyone around her with tragic results. Even in an age of Justin Biebers, Hedda Gabler remains the original spoiled brat, unaffected by the damage she does to those around her until the very end. Adapted by M.L.P. Carroll.

Special preview performance June 4th @7:30PM                                                                $5.00 Tickets for those under 25                                                                                          $10 for 25 and over (preview only).  Reservations requested but not required for the preview, not available online. At the door and Phone reservations only for the preview 585-234-1254 

 

Price ALL ADVANCE SALE TICKETS $10.00

At door:  $20.00 general admission $15.00 Seniors/Students

 

Show dates: June 5,6,7,12,13,14 @7:30pm June 8th @2:00pm

ANYONE MAKING AN ON-LINE OR PHONE RESERVATION PRIOR TO MAY 15TH WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A $50. GIFT CERTIFICATE TO EDIBLES. DRAWING MAY 17TH.