NEWS RELEASE: Pace Celebrates La MaMa’s “Homecomings” Season with Tribute to Playwrights Who Called La MaMa Their Early Home: Maria Irene Fornés, Sam Shepard and Lanford Wilson

These three one-act plays are meant to continue Ellen Stewart’s legacy of “Welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre.”

February 2-12, 2012:

◦ “The Conduct of Life” by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Ruis Woertendyke
◦ “Action” by Sam Shepard, directed by by Grant Kretchik
◦ “The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson, directed by Cosmin Chivu

PACE at LA MaMa
Three La MaMa Playwrights: Fornes, Shepard & Wilson
Presented by La MaMa in Association with the Performing Arts Students, Pace University, NYC

February 2-12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2012 – In honor of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary, Pace University’s Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) celebrate La MaMa’s “Homecomings” season with a tribute to three playwrights who called La MaMa their early home:  Maria Irene Fornés, Sam Shepard and Lanford Wilson.

These three one-acts are meant to continue Ellen Stewart’s legacy of “Welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre.” 

“The Conduct of Life” by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Ruis Woertendyke

“Action” by Sam Shepard, directed by Grant Kretchik

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson, directed by Cosmin Chivu

“The Conduct of Life” tells the harrowing story of a Latin American wife who discovers her husband is a child rapist and torturer when he brings his victim and torture into their personal and private life.  The play is directed by Ruis Woertendyke and features Kahlil Gonzalez-Garcia, Lilah Shreeve, Jason Joseph, Julie Robles, Polina Ionina.

In Action” four friends confront the circumstances that force them together and the “action” that force them apart as they wait for the end of the world and the beginning of time.  Symbolic, absurd and humanizing “Action” propels its characters into a disturbing one-act journey. Directed by Grant Kretchik, with Xavier Reminick, Ian Cherry, Gina DeMay, Emily Asaro. A.D. Delaney Yeager.

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson evokes the panorama of a young man’s life-birth, army service, marriage, job, parenthood, old age-within the brief span of its action. Highly innovative in its theatricality, the play illuminates not only the continuity of human life, but also the poignancy and bitterness which can infuse it. Directed by Cosmin Chivu, co-directed by Chad Chenail; with: Niko Papastefanou, Spencer Bazzano, Lauren Morra, Nicole Madriz, Turquoise Olezene, Courtney Taylor, Kaleb Wells, Matthew Curiano, and Patrick Pribyl. Stage manager Lizzy Caplan.

Set Design: Jeffrey Perri

Costume Design: Megan Smith

Performance Schedule:
February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 at 10pm
February 5 & 12 at 5:30pm
La Mama’s The Club
Address: 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery), 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10003
By Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue, #6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street
Tickets $15; student and seniors $10
For tickets and information, contact Box Office (212) 475-7710 or www.lamama.org

About La Mama E.T.C.

Ellen Stewart founded La MaMa in 1961 in a tiny basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She dedicated it to the playwright and all aspects of the theater. Today, La MaMa is a world renowned cultural institution recognized as the seed bed of new work by artists of all nations and cultures.

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Programs at Pace University:

Undergraduate: Dyson’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing, Commercial Dance or Design/Technical Theater. On average, there are 1,000 applicants for every 100 new openings each year. PAD presents over 50 performances every year. Performance spaces range from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schaeberle (black box) Theater, and Studio 501, home to many student-directed productions. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS

About Pace University:

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu 

Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu

 

 

 

Independent Press: Sophomore BFA Musical Theater Major “Amanda Braun appearing in ‘Hairspray'”

Amanda Braun stars as Amber Von Tussle in “Hairspray” at Plays-in-the-Park in Edison, NJ, July 13 – July 23. Braun, a sophomore, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Pace’s musical theater program.

Amanda Braun was recently seen in the Off-Broadway show The Awesome 80s Prom, as a featured singer at Joe’s Pub in New York City and in Pace University’s production of The Who’s Tommy.

Next Up …  Braun will play Amber Von Tussle, Tracy Turnblad’s main antagonist in the Tony award-winning musical Hairspray, from Wednesday, July 13, through Saturday, July 23 at Plays in the Park in Edison, NJ.

Braun, a 2010 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School, studied dance at Center Stage Dance and Theater School in East Brunswick for 16 years, and was a member of their dance companies in jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet. These dance companies are regional and national winners and she won the solo title in the Thrive nationals in Boston, reports the Independent Press.

Plays in the Park takes place in Roosevelt Park, right next to the Menlo Park Mall. The shows begin each night at 8:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 5:30pm, except Sunday when the stage is dark. Tickets can be purchased at the theater, and are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs.

Omaha World-Herald: “Nebraskan to graduate from N.Y. Actors Studio”

Lincoln native Melissa Rosenberger will graduate this month from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.

Rosenberger’s family will travel to New York to see her repertory season performances in “Gypsy,” “Fool for Love” and “Dutchman” for her thesis.

Actress Melissa Rosenberger, 35, won a coveted place at the Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) at Pace University in 2008.

ASDS is the only officially sanctioned master’s degree program of the Actors Studio. 

Founded in 1947, the Actors Studio has had many illustrious graduates, including fellow Nebraskan Marlon Brando. Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino are its co-presidents.

Hudson Stage Company Becomes Artist in Residence

The Hudson Stage Company, the adventurous professional theater company that has performed in a variety of Westchester venues during its first six years, is becoming an Artist-In-Residence at the Briarcliff annex to Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University (914) 773-3312, chalstead@pace.edu
or
Denise Bessette, Producer, Hudson Stage Company (914) 736-3467, DBess25@aol.com

HUDSON STAGE COMPANY BECOMES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
AT PACE UNIVERSITY BRIARCLIFF CAMPUS

Professional theater group with growing reputation
for NY and world premieres
begins performances and staged readings,
will offer pre-professional opportunities for students

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – February 7, 2005. The Hudson Stage Company, the adventurous professional theater company that has performed in a variety of Westchester venues during its first six years, is becoming an Artist-In-Residence at the Briarcliff annex to Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

The next events of the company’s weekend performances at its new home begin with the February 11 staged reading of “Massage in Progress,” by Westchester playwright Jeannie Zusy. They continue the first three weekends in April with the world premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ new play, “Where’s Annie?”

Hudson Stage performs under an Actors’ Equity Association Small Professional Theatre contract. It has been hailed by The New York Times, the Journal News, Westchester Magazine and the North County News for its ambitious commitment to producing original new plays.

Influence of Tony Randall. “We are delighted to welcome Hudson Stage Company to Pace’s Westchester campuses,” said Pace University President David A. Caputo. “A permanent home will help Hudson Stage bring Westchester more challenging, contemporary theatre. This arrangement mirrors our relationship at Pace’s downtown New York City campus with the National Actors Theatre, founded by the late Tony Randall. We welcome the opportunity for our students to participate in the work of a professional theatre company and master classes as well as enrichment for all students, especially those in the arts and humanities.”

Praised by the New York Times for “sweeping gallantry of purpose,” since its founding in 1999 Hudson Stage Company has performed at venues including public libraries, the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Julie Harris Theatre at the Clearview School in Briarcliff Manor.

“This new venue and relationship offer tremendous opportunities for everyone involved, and we are thrilled to be here,” said Denise Bessette, one of the Hudson Stage Company’s three producers, along with Dan Foster and Olivia Sklar. “We are appreciative of Pace’s commitment to the arts and to our company.”

Hudson Stage Company productions will take place in a 135-seat theater in Pace’s Woodward Hall located on Elm Road in Briarcliff Manor. Said Bessette: “The theater has terrific acoustics and sight-lines, comfortable seats, and is very audience-friendly. The campus is easily accessible from the Taconic Parkway and Route 9A, and the villages of Briarcliff and Pleasantville offer many dining options for the public.” Because many Pace staff offices are closed on weekends, free parking is available on campus, including facilities for people with handicaps.

World premiere of “Where’s Annie” April 1 through April 17. On the first three weekends in April, the Company presents the world premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ new play, “Where’s Annie?,” which Bessette describes as “a divinely dark comedy with an American Gothic spin.” It will be directed by Steven Williford.

The production plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm, with additional matinees on Friday, April 8th and 15th at 3pm. $25 general admission, $20 for seniors/students, $15 for PACE with ID. Group rates are available.

“On Golden Pond” meets “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in this play that explores the mystery of an older couple’s relationship with each other and their vengeful granddaughter. “There’s a wickedly sensual sense of humor between this couple that is refreshingly different from the ‘cute’ or ‘curmudgeonly’ characters audiences usually see depicting older people,” Bessette said.

Playwright Sanders teaches screenwriting at Hampshire College, and his work has been seen across the country at venues including the Cherry Lane Alternative in NYC, Victory Gardens in Chicago and in LA at the Road Theatre. Williford has been at the helm of the Lark Theatre in NYC, and has worked Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio, and Rattlestick, regionally at Long Wharf Theatre, and as a contract director of the long-running soaps “As the World Turns” and “The Guiding Light.”

These programs are made possible by a grant from the Westchester Arts Council and the donation of facilities by Pace University. HSC is solely responsible for program content.

More information is at the HSC hotline at 914-271-2811 and website, at www.hudsonstage.com. Information on HSC events at Pace University and other Pace events can be found, along with directions to Pace, at www.Pace.edu/culture. For automated directions to Pace, call 914-773-3737.

Summer Arts @ Pace

Pace University to use artists, authors to provide youth training in Theater, Art, Journalism downtown
Claims that “A Family that Plays Together Stays Together” in its intergenerational workshops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EVENTS/LISTINGS
February 4, 2004 PRESS CONTACT: TAMRA PLOTNICK (212) 346-1692

Pace University to use artists, authors to provide youth training in Theater, Art, Journalism downtown
Claims that “A Family that Plays Together Stays Together” in its intergenerational workshops

Adult and Continuing Education
upgrades Summer Arts program

This summer kids and families can enjoy quality arts enrichment, education and family activities in downtown Manhattan. Pace University upgrades its high quality program featuring arts workshops and educational programs for kids ages 8 to 18 and families. Instructors are award-winning artists, professional writers and leaders in their fields.

Highlighting the program are three, week-long musical theater sessions taught to 8 to 12 year olds by TADA! Youth Theater under special arrangement with Pace University. Time Out New York has called TADA! “The city’s best known children’s musical theater company.” Kids need not have any musical theater background to enjoy this experiential workshop that culminates in a snazzy show!

Working artists and playwrights teach Fine Arts Workshop and Play Writing to the tweens, kids ages 8 to 12.

Teens (13 to 18 year olds) boost their media savvy with Journalism, taught by a working journalist, and Lights, Camera Action! – an introductory filmmaking course. They build their visual and performance repertoires with Avant-garde Art/Portfolio Building and Poetry and Performance, a course capitalizing on the trend to poetry performance symbolized by Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

An added bonus for teens staying the day: do lunch with university students and discuss topics relevant to college life.

Kids have the option of participating from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily or taking classes a la carte. All first week registrants get a bonus bag.

Since, as the program claims, “a family that plays together stays together,” families can choose from three Saturday workshops that integrate parent/child participation into Cel Animation (no computers needed), Improvisation and/or Communication. The author of The Language of Parenting, David Frees, leads the Family Communication Workshop.

A limited number of scholarships may become available for summer programs for eligible families.

Programs run from July 6 – 24, 2004.

For information/registration, visit http://www.pace.edu/kids or call Pace University Adult and Continuing Education at 212-346-1244 or email: ace@pace.edu.

Pace University to Provide Downtown Families with Youth Theater, Parenting Education and Workshops

This summer downtown residents can enjoy quality arts enrichment, education and family activities around the corner from home. Pace University has created a high quality program featuring arts workshops and educational programs for kids ages 8 to 14, families, teens, adults and prospective retirees. Instructors are award-winning artists, professional writers and leaders in their fields.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EVENTS/LISTINGS
April 1, 2003

CONTACT: TAMRA PLOTNICK (212) 346-1692

Pace University to provide Downtown families with youth Theater, parenting education and workshops for all ages

Summer Fun program debuts from
Adult and Continuing Education program

This summer downtown residents can enjoy quality arts enrichment, education and family activities around the corner from home. Pace University has created a high quality program featuring arts workshops and educational programs for kids ages 8 to 14, families, teens, adults and prospective retirees. Instructors are award-winning artists, professional writers and leaders in their fields.

Highlighting the program are two week-long musical theater sessions taught to 8 to 14 year olds by TADA! Youth Theater under special arrangement with Pace University. Kids need not have any musical theater background to enjoy this experiential workshop that culminates in an exhibition of their work in Pace’s Schimmel Theater, home of Tony Randall’s National Actors’ Theater. The public will be invited to support the children in their showing of the week’s work on Friday, July 11 and Friday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater—enter on Spruce St. between William and Gold streets.

For a sneak peak at the new summer programs interested individuals and families can come to the free Family Arts Appetizer at Pace University on Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 – 2:00. Instructors will be there to answer questions and give sample mini-workshops. Pre-registration will be available. Call 212.346.1244 for more information.

A limited number of scholarships may become available for summer programs for eligible families.

Here’s a preview of the courses and workshops beginning at various dates from late June through July.

* Family Animation Snack Workshop (Families w/kids over 8)
* TADA! Youth Theater Week-long Musical Theater workshop (Youth ages 8 to 14)
* Creative Arts Workshop (Youth ages 8 to 14)
* Playwriting for Youth (Youth Ages 8 to 14)
* Improvisation for Everybody (Ages 16 to adult)
* How to Break into TV Writing (Adults)
* Parenting in the 21st Century (parents)
* Mastering the Obstacles to Parenting in the 21st Century
* Discipline and Guidance with Love
* How to Parent a Difficult Child
* Special Needs of Children of Divorce and Remarriage
* Creating Strong Male and Female Heads of Household
* Getting the Most out of the Big Apple
* Retiring in New York City: Promise and Challenge (pre-retirees)
* Finding a New York City Apartment You Can Afford (all adults)
* Volunteering in New York City (all adults)
* Reinventing Yourself in New York City (all adults)

A brochure or information/registration are available from Pace University Adult and Continuing Education at 212-346-1244 or ace@pace.edu. On-Line Registration is available at http://www.pace.edu/adult

Spanish playwright to recite work at the Pace Downtown Theater

Two plays written by one of Spain’s most intriguing and controversial female voices to emerge on the theater scene during the post-Francoist era, will be performed on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Pace Downtown Theater on Spruce Street in lower Manhattan. A reception and discussion with the playwright will follow the performances. General admission is $5. For more information, call: (212) 346-1715.

Contact: Public Affairs
(212) 346-1637

NEW YORK — Two plays written by one of Spain’s most intriguing and
controversial female voices to emerge on the theater scene during the post-Francoist era,
will be performed on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Pace Downtown Theater on
Spruce Street in lower Manhattan. A reception and discussion with the playwright will
follow the performances. General admission is $5. For more information, call:
(212) 346-1715.

Playwright Paloma Pedrero, born in Madrid, has written 15 plays, all of which has
been performed on stage in Spain. She will recite in Spanish her play Solos esta noche
(“Alone tonight”) with Robert Muro. A second play, “Longing to be Lauren” (La
llamada de Lauren), will be performed in English under the direction of Chris Mack.

Among Pedrero’s works are La noche dividida (“A Night Divided”), El color de
agosto (“The Color of August”), Locas de amar (“Love Crazy”) and Esta noche en el
parque (“Tonight in the Park”). She has expanded the boundaries of realist theater by
including, redefining and more often than not, satirizing many of the “sacred cows” of
Spanish culture and literary tradition.

Her creative and artistic versatility as playwright, stage and screen actress, theater
teacher, director and producer reveal a multifaceted knowledge of the dramatic genre and
a dynamic commitment to the Spanish stage. Her work has gained her not only national
recognition, but it has enjoyed international attention as well.

The program is sponsored by the Modern Languages Department in Pace
University’s Dyson College of Arts and Science and the Spanish-student organization
Tertulias.