Cow Town. A new play by Spencer Christiano

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Jul
24
8:00 pm
Jul
25
8:00 pm
Jul
26
2:00 pm
Jul
26
8:00 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeCow Town, A new play by Spencer Christiano

advance tickets students $8 general $10

at the door students $10 general $12

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A new play by Spencer Christiano
Directed by Melyssa Hall
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Cow Town Poster RGBThu-Sat July 24-26 at 8pm
Matinee Sat July 26 at 2pm
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Purchase tickets online at www.MuCCC.org
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CAUTION:
Contains nudity, violence, profanity, and drug use. Absolutely no one under 17 will be admitted. TRIGGER WARNING for victims of sexual violence.
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“Cow Town” explores the attraction and dangers of exploitative relationships, fast love, and the subtleties of consent in this world premiere production of a daring new work by Rochester playwright Spencer Christiano.
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“Cow Town” follows four young adults in the urban and rural Americas as they interweave through a slice of summer friendships, attractions, obsessions, and infatuations. Fast-moving romances and casual hookups quickly snowball into much more complex relationships– both sought after and feared. As the characters struggle to communicate truths between generations built on secrecy, find the future in barren impossibility, and grasp self-reliance from inescapable dependence, the nature of desire is examined, clarified, and muddled.
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Starring:
Dean Amsler, Timothy Ellison,  Victoria Schellenberg, and Haven Shea.
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PHOTO BY MELYSSA HALL - (Clockwise from left) Timothy Ellison, Victoria Schellenberg, and Haven Shea in a scene from “Cow Town.” The play is written by Spencer Christiano and directed by Melyssa Hall

PHOTO BY MELYSSA HALL – (Clockwise from left) Timothy Ellison, Victoria Schellenberg, and Haven Shea in a scene from “Cow Town.” The play is written by Spencer Christiano and directed by Melyssa Hall

About the author:
Spencer Christiano is a published playwright, poet, journalist, and writer of short fiction. His works have been produced at The MuCCC Theater, Geva’s Nextstage, and The University of Rochester’s Todd Theater. His duet of plays, “The Rochester Plays – Part One: Attraction / Part Two: Escape,” was recently produced and published by the University of Rochester International Theater Program. He is the only Rochester playwright to ever be produced and published by the University.
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He is also known for “M.I.A.,” “To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman,” “Midnight in the Front Lawn of Good and Evil: a hypothesis,” “Mystery of the Golden Buddha,” and “WAR TERRIER.” He is the recipient of three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Certificates of Merit, Geva Theater Center’s Young Playwright Award, and a Special Recognition Award from Vietnam Veterans of America.
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About the director:
Melyssa Hall is a Rochester-based director and actress. She studied English Literature and Theatre at SUNY Geneseo. Her most notable credit during her time as a student was directing Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in the style of 1960?s avant-garde camp with special emphasis on LGBTQ subtext. Additional credits include directing Sarah Ruhl’s “Melancholy Play” and “Eurydice.” She also appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” as Lady Capulet, “The Vagina Monologues,” and the Geneseo Community Players production of “Don’t Dress For Dinner.” Since relocating to Rochester she has directed Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” for the Fringe Festival as well as serving as producer, director, and actor in the Aspie Works production, “Love in the Style of Will,” a collection of Shakespearean love scenes.
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Contact: Spencer Christiano

The Kingdom Next to Fid, by M.L.P. Carroll and K.C. Craft

Aug
1
8:00 pm
Aug
2
8:00 pm
Aug
3
2:00 pm
Aug
7
8:00 pm
Aug
8
8:00 pm
Aug
9
8:00 pm
Aug
10
2:00 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeThe Kingdom Next to Fid, an original play by M.L.P. Carroll and K.C. Craft 

see channel 8 coverage-World premiere of “The Kingdom Next to Fid” with interview

Opening night festivities!  Aug 1st the doors will open at 7pm. Flower City Vaudeville will be performing from 7:15 – 7:45. Their mix of comedy, musical interludes, daring feats with knives and whips, will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat!

More info for Flower City Vaudeville can be found at http://on.fb.me/1qVdqfW

When Chloe’s mom goes into the hospital to have the baby brother Chloe does not want, the only thing that can make it better is an evening at Grandma’s. Tonight, Grandma has something special: a book that’s been hidden away in the attic gathering dust. Soon an epic adventure begins, involving a prince, a servant, three circus performers, a pirate, a fairy, a witch, and a dwarf.

Fid For WebPart action, part romance, part adventure, part comedy, The Kingdom Next to Fid spins a tale of devotion that soon has Grandma and Chloe burning through the chapters (and the cookies) to find out if undying love will triumph at the end. Sword fights, chases, war, betrayal, kidnapping, a magic inn, loyalty, heartache and friendship all mix with a little bit of sorcery and a lot of heart in this original fantasy. A whole new world awaits as the audience is transported from the Valley of the Wandering Willows to the Fen of Infinite Funk; from Raethein, to Graomar, to Draewen, to Fid; from the Cacophonous Pearl to the Forest of Chirping Crickets. Heck, there may even be a unicorn.

Supporting the main action are a dozen or so “background” players who go from soldier to knight to pirate to villager plus a “living set” manned by actors in who not only fluidly change the scenery but literally make the magic happen.

The Kingdom Next to Fid will enchant adults while still being suitable for children 10 and up. Don’t miss the world premiere of this magical play by two of MuCCC’s own artists in residence, who clearly have too much time on their hands! It’s the greatest story you never heard of.

Show Dates: Aug 1,2,7,8,9 @ 8pm     Aug 3rd, 10th at 2 pm

Ticket Prices: $8 student & senior/$12 general advance purchase 

$10 student & senior / $18 general at door   All proceeds will be going directly to MuCCC

The Playwrights 

The Kingdom Next to Fid came to life because we wanted to tell an epic fantasy/fairy tale that would be appropriate for children while genuinely engaging and entertaining adults (there is, after all, a kid in all of us). We chose the genre because it allowed us to hit action, comedy, and drama all in one, plus we got to come up with some ridiculous location names like the Fen of Infinite Funk and the Cacophonous Pearl. After killing ourselves trying to find an old, public domain story we could adapt and finding only bits and pieces of plot that we really liked, we finally went, “Heck, let’s just write something ourselves. It will take less time than reading 20-30 different, ultimately unworkable stories no one’s heard of anyway because they’re so old.” So that’s exactly what we did! We hope you and your family will enjoy this epic tale – so don’t miss your chance to see it.

~Meredith & Karen

click HERE to see the channel 8 news coverage of Junes “Fun With Fid” event

Thank You! to Poster Source for your donation! Need any printing done?  call Poster Source!

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YOU OUGHTA BE IN SHAKESPEARE!

Aug
14
8:00 pm
Aug
15
8:00 pm
Aug
16
8:00 pm
Aug
17
3:00 pm

YOU OUGHTA BE IN SHAKESPEARE! 

And now’s your chance with the ShakeCo workshop production of “The True and Tragic Life and Death of Good King Richard III”, a new-but-old play based on the works of William Shakespeare.

Get your “thees” and “thous” out of mothballs! Practice up on your courtly bows! Try on that old ruff you’ve got sitting in your closet. (DISCLAIMER: You can still participate, even if you don’t own a ruff.)
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“What’s all this you’re talking about?” I hear you say. I’m talking about a chance to perform material written by the greatest playwright in the history of the world. Better yet, to perform it in a play that has never been seen before. “How could that be?”, you ask.

Because ShakeCo has taken the three plays of “Henry VI” and “Richard III” as a starting point, sprinkled in material from many other plays and wrought a new work that covers sixty years of English history, all while remaining more historically accurate than Shakespeare ever contemplated.

And YOU (yes, you) can be a part of it. “But how can I?” I hear you ask. (You’re a talkative one, aren’t you?) It’s quite simple. We will be performing this play four times. Look! Here are the showtimes now:

August 14, 15, 16 – 8:00 pm
August 17 – 3:00 pm

It will be performed at the MuCCC, the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester. Anyone willing to join in for one (or more) shows can contact me at shake_co@hotmail.com. We’ll find a part (or two) for you and send you a script. You then show up and YOU’RE IN SHAKESPEARE! There will also be opportunities for anyone who just shows up on the day. Don’t miss this chance! A night like no other! (That’s probably a good thing.)

This workshop production will be a pay-as-you-will benefit and all proceeds will go to the MuCCC.  (FREE! if you wish)

The 2014 MuCCC Film Festival

Aug
18
7:30 pm
Aug
19
7:30 pm
Aug
20
7:30 pm
Aug
21
7:30 pm
Aug
22
7:30 pm
Aug
23
7:30 pm
Aug
24
2:00 pm

7:30 pm.  Pay What You Will.

MONDAY (Aug 18) – Film Noir

Fear in the Night (1947)    1:10 – DeForest Kelley (of Star Trek)
He Walked By Night (1948)    1:18 – Jack Webb (film that led to Dragnet)


TUESDAY (Aug 19) – Singing Cowboys

Riders of Destiny (1933)     :55 – John Wayne
Red River Valley (1936)         :55 – Gene Autry
Billy the Kid Returns (1938)     :53 – Roy Rogers


WEDNESDAY (Aug 20) – Comedy

Disorder in the Court (1936)     :16 – Three Stooges
His Double Life (1933)        1:10 – Roland Young & Lillian Gish
The Flying Deuces (1939)    1:08 – Laurel and Hardy


THURSDAY (Aug 21) – Horror

Dementia 13 (1963)        1:14 – Francis Ford Coppola
Little Shop of Horrors (1960)    1:12 – Roger Corman / Jack Nicholson


FRIDAY (Aug 22) – Silent Films 

Alice in Wonderland (1903)        :08 – Earliest existing “Alice”
The Rough House (1917)            :19 – Fatty Arbuckle
Metropolis (1925)             1:35 – Fritz Lang
Are Crooks Dishonest? (1918)      :14 – Harold Lloyd
The Fireman (1916)                :16 – Charlie Chaplin
The Cameraman (1928)             1:15 – Buster Keaton


SATURDAY (Aug 23) – Ed Wood Retrospective

The Sun Was Setting (1951)        :14 – TV drama
Glen or Glenda (1953)             1:10 – Cross-dressing classic
Crossroad Avenger (1953)          :24 – TV pilot
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)   1:20 – “Worst Movie Ever Made”


SUNDAY (Aug 24) – Cartoon Cavalcade

MMB Theatre 1 Project presents The 7th annual Sankofa Evenings of Theatre & Jazz

Aug
28
7:00 pm
Aug
29
7:30 pm
Aug
30
7:30 pm

MMB Theatre 1 Project presents The 7th annual

Sankofa Evenings of Theatre & Jazz   August 28th, 29th & 30th

Talk-imageAug 28, 29:  “Talk”

Aug 30: 4 one-act plays

  “Talk” An Original Drama in two acts

By C. Kirkland Rivers

“Talk” examines the impact the main character (Charlie) has on the lives of people close to him. What secret has been weighing on Charlie for the better part of his life. Why at this moment must he rectify a deed done over forty years ago before it’s too late!

Why is Judy Anne back?

And

Who is Pepper?

“hiding truth in the dark … living lies in the light”

 

August 28th Opening Night Play and Reception

Doors Open- 7:00 pm

Opening Night – _

$16.00 advance – $20.00 at door

August 29th $14.00 advance – $18.00 at door

August 30th Four One Act Plays

$12.00 advance – $16.00 at door

 

Three Nights of Great Theatre

Showcasing Rochester Playwrights, Actors and Directors

August 28th & 29th “Talk” a drama in two acts

August 30th Four One Act Plays & Jazz Set

The MuCCC, Multi-use Community Cultural Center

142 Atlantic Avenue

“in the neighborhood of the arts”

Rochester, New York 14607

Tickets on sale at Mood Makers Books

274 N. Goodman Street at the Village Gate

A MMB Theatre 1 Project production

For information: 585-271-7010 or email: moodmakersbooks@frontier.com

Classics Theater of Rochester presents Rochester Shaw Festival

Sep
4
8:00 pm
Sep
5
8:00 pm
Sep
6
2:00 pm
Sep
6
8:00 pm
Sep
7
2:00 pm

Classics Theater of Rochester presents the third in the series of George Bernard Shaw’s early comedies which he entitled “Plays Unpleasant”. In “The Philanderer” Shaw’s philandering alter-ego gets involved with a widow, another lady, her sister, both of their fathers and a fumbling doctor, with hilarious results, all the while lampooning “conventional” Victorian mores. The play is directed by James Landers, philanderer-poster-onewho earned an Excellence in Directing Award (TANYS-2013) for last year’s production of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”.

Performances: September 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8PM, September 6th and 7th at 2PM. Adult $15/Student $12.

The Basement Players Presents: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Sep
11
8:00 pm
Sep
12
8:00 pm
Sep
13
8:00 pm

The Basement Players Presents: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Directed by Peter Fekete

Plot: ” The Pillowman centers on a writer in unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders.”

September 11th,12th, 13th at 8:00pm At MuCCC

142 Atlantic Ave. Rochester, NY 14607

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Buy tickets online at www.MuCCC.org

FourPlay

Sep
18
7:00 pm
Sep
20
6:30 pm

FourPlay

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This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival
These four original works by Straw Mat Writers are bound together by a single straw mat, weaving characters in a plotline that challenges historic images of women. One story brushes against the next, teasing the audience, prolonging satisfaction, asking questions about what it means to desire, to submit, to consent, to trust, to seize power, to relinquish power and to play. Bring a date. Image by Hannah Purcell.

$10

http://www.rochesterfringe.com/shows

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The Peter Torpey Trio

Sep
19
9:00 pm
Sep
24
9:00 pm

The Peter Torpey Trio

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Buy Tickets click HERE

image002The Peter Torpey Trio is Peter Torpey on piano, Michael DeLuzio on guitar and Cy Edmunds on bass. We play those wonderful jazz standards from the 30’s, 40’s and beyond that make you smile and tap your feet. Come join us in a program guaranteed to have you singing, whistling or dancing along. Share the “good old times” feelings with us that these memorable tunes evoke!
To find out more about the band, our schedule, or book a performance, check out our web site at: www.torpeytrio.com ,send an e-mail to contact@torpeytrio.com or phone 585-787-1365 .

$5

http://www.rochesterfringe.com/shows

Torpey Trio MuCCC 2012

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