LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Week Four of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season brings scenes from THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (a young actress who has sworn off love gets stuck entertaining a soldier on leave), ORANGE FLOWER WATER (infidelity and the consequences of a romantic affair) and RED LIGHT WINTER (college buddies take off to the Netherlands and find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle). Free admission. Reservations: (212) 501-2099; ASDSRep@pace.edu
This is the first time that Pace has produced Off-Broadway – and the play, “Our Lady of 121st Street” – ends its limited run on Saturday, April 14. BroadwayWorld.com features ten photos from the show taken by Ellise Lesser that will entice you to buy your $13.25 ticket now and be part of Pace’s inaugural Theatre Row audience. Go to http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm
On April 7-14, Performing Arts at Pace University will present “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Grant Kretchik, at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row.
Check out production photos by Ellise Lesser here
The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood characters in this dark, edgy and insightful comedy.
Theatre Row – The Lion Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036
Ticket Price: $13.25
Phone: Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
In person: Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves.) 12pm until 8pm daily
2 hours, including one intermission
Pace University has announced “An Evening with Zoe Caldwell” for their Master Series. The event will be held Monday, April 23, at 6pm at the university’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. The moderator will be Cosmin Chivu, the head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts.
A four time Tony Award winner, Zoe Caldwell was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, and quickly became a professional actress playing “Slightly Soiled” in Peter Pan. Recently, she appeared in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and starred Off-Broadway in David Adjmi’s play Elective Affinities, reported Sarah Moore for Theatermania.
“The Masters Series” at Pace is dedicated to providing the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas. The goal is to reinvigorate the theater’s ancient role as a public forum by focusing on the social and cultural context for the works of the American Theatre of today and tomorrow. The evening’s guests engage in discussions of their unique practices and bodies of work, followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.
Tickets are free and open to the public, and can be reserved by emailing PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu
What becomes a legend most? Playing other legends. Spend the evening of Monday, April 23 with Zoe Caldwell, who has electrified audiences and won Tony Awards for portraying women of charismatic power on Broadway – Euripides’ Medea, Opera Diva Maria Callas and Jean Brodie (a teacher who describes herself as being “in her prime”).
PERFORMING ARTS at Pace University presents “THE MASTERS SERIES”
AN EVENING WITH THE LEGENDARY ZOE CALDWELL
The Actress Who Has Won Tony Awards for Portraying Women of Charismatic Power on Broadway –
Medea, Maria Callas and Jean Brodie
ZOE CALDWELL was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, and quickly became a professional actress playing “Slightly Soiled” in “Peter Pan.” Telling other people’s stories, using other people’s words to keep audiences awake and in their seats was all she knew how to do. She has spent the last half century learning more about her craft in many of the greatest companies of the Western World. To her credit are four Tony Awards, an OBE (Order of the British Empire), and a book “I Will Be Cleopatra” published by W.W. Norton. In 2003, she doffed her bonnet to the chancellor of Melbourne University and was made an honorary Doctor of Laws. Recently, she appeared in the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and starred in David Adjmi’s play “Elective Affinities.”
WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://bit.ly/qxH0g3
COST/RSVP: Free admission, open seating. Reservations: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu
PRESS RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-346-1637
MODERATOR: Cosmin Chivu, Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project; the Head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts
ABOUT THE MASTERS SERIES: “The Masters Series” at Pace is dedicated to providing the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas. The goal is to reinvigorate the theater’s ancient role as a public forum by focusing on the social and cultural context for the works of the American Theatre of today and tomorrow. The evening’s guests engage in discussions of their unique practices and bodies of work, followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.
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Actors Studio Drama School MFA Directing Candidate Ken Urso grew up in Sun Prairie and Middleton, Wisconsin. Recalls Urso: “Lynda Sharpe was my high school drama teacher. She really took me under her wing, even allowed me to do an ‘Independent Study’ in Directing with her my senior year, in which I adapted a 15th Century Morality Play, “Everyman,” into a modern day play about bullying in High School. Every morning she would mentor me, and at night I would rehearse. She was the one who took me on my first trip NYC.”
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native and Master of Fine Arts candidate Ken Urso will be directing four plays during the Repertory season at New York’s Pace University from March 28 – April 28, reported the Sun Prairie Star.
Urso is the son of Kathy Urso of Middleton and Joe Urso of Mazomanie. He grew up in Sun Prairie before moving to Middleton when he was a freshman in high school. Urso graduated from Middleton High School in 2001 and from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2005.
Urso has directed productions throughout the United States, including The Shape of Things, Chicago, The Producers, Everyman and Cabaret.
New York directing credits include Bent, Never the Sinner and the original productions of Kidnapping Laura Linney, Gay Camp and Riverside. He is also an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
During the Repertory season, Urso directed scenes from John Kolvenbach’s Fabuloso from March 28 -31. He will also be directing Amicable Parting from April 4- 7 (by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath); a scene from Red Light Winter (by Adam Rapp) from April 18 – 21; and a scene from Fallen Angels (by Noel Coward) from April 25 – 28.
Check out the production photos from The Bear, Amicable Parting, Snowangel, and The Woolgatherer – Week Two of the Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season – which runs from April 4 – 7. For reservations please call (212) 501-2099 or e-mail: ASDSRep@pace.edu
Inspired by recent insight from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper (ASDS MFA’00), Jennifer Aniston, James Franco, the casts of Mad Men, Glee and Modern Family, as well as other distinguished celebrity guests of their craft class – Dean Emeritus James Lipton‘s Inside The Actors Studio– a new generation of performers and creators have taken the stage at The Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam for a five-week Repertory Season, March 28 – April 28, 2012.
Photos from Week One of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season.
The 2012 MFA candidates of The Actors Studio Drama School are mounting fifteen productions over five weeks for their Repertory Season, all acted and directed by the thirty-six MFA students.
Click here to see pictures of the Week One performances (March 28-31): Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach, Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn, and Scenes from Pizza Man (pictured) by Darlene Craviotto.
The season takes place at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep
Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu
This year’s 36 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates will take the stage at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu
“Our 36 MFA candidates are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings,” said Andreas Manolikakis, chair of The Actors Studio Drama School and a board member of The Actors Studio in an article about the upcoming repertory season on BroadwayWorld. “They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others. But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursued their dreams and refined their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.
“All have diverse backgrounds, and that’s the beauty of it, because one learns not only from the faculty but from one another,” continued Manolikakis.
The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:
- U.S. Navy Chef, National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call with recent TV credits on White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I’m Alive. (Michael Crowe)
- Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team at Connecticut College. (Rachael Schefrin)
- Actor in Robert DeNiro’s new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS-TV. (Charles Brice)
- Award-winning playwright (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival – 1999, 2000) who has authored 140 works – some now being performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. (Sean Michael Welch)
- Opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. (Sandra Dianne Wilson)
- International Puppeteer, Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow. (Terhi Lintukangas)
- Gymnast, Women’s Gymnastics Team at the University of Michigan on full athletic scholarship. (Kara Rosella)
- Actor appearing on Lifetime’s Army Wives and the Atlanta soap opera, Love Always Charleston. (Artisha Mann)
- Gospel mime on the international gospel television network, TBN. (Crystal Thompson)
- NYC Fringe Film Festival Director. (Chris Triebel)
- Clowning, Syo-Kon-Do (Mixed Martial Arts) and Kyudo (Japanese Archery) expert. (Yokko)
- Michigan dairy farmer. (Ollie Oliver)
- Silk Road Dance Company member who performed at the 2011 Asia Cup Games in Doha, Qatar. (Ahmad Maaty)
- Two members of the Festival of Fools, a NYC based verse-inspired theatre company. (Amie Lytle and Kaitlyn Huczko)
- Intern at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. (Melody Erfani)
Performing Arts students Donell James Foreman ’12, Matthew Farcher ’12 (pictured), Pace alumna Ally Bonino ’11 and Performing Arts Assistant Professor Robert Meffe are getting major accolades for their work in “Myths and Hymns.”
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, with new narrative by Elizabeth Lucas; directed by Ms. Lucas; choreography by Wendy Seyb; music supervisor, Robert Meffe; sets by Ann Bartek; costumes by Emily Morgan DeAngelis; lighting by Herrick Goldman; sound by Janie Bullard; musical director, Katya Stanislavskaya; stage manager, Kristine Ayers. Presented by Prospect Theater Company, Cara Reichel, producing artistic director; Melissa Huber, managing director. At the West End Theater, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, Manhattan; (212) 352-3101; prospecttheater.org. Through Feb. 26. Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes.
The Performing Arts Masters Series at Pace University is dedicated to providing the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas.
Editor-in-Chief Brian Scott Lipton noted Dyson’s inaugural Masters Series in Theatermania’s THEATER NEWS column:
Pace University’s Masters Series will present a special panel discussion on “Promoting and Creating New Work” at 6pm on Monday, February 13 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.
Cosmin Chivu, director of Directing at Pace Performing Arts, will moderate the discussion, which will feature Lincoln Center Theater’s Anne Cattaneo, The Public Theater’s Maria Goyanes, and BAM’s Joseph V. Mellilo.
Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Email PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu