Dinner Theater “A Face On The Barroom Floor”

Dinner Theater “A Face On The Barroom Floor” by special arrangement of Samuel French, directed by Mary Norris at The Preston Congregational Church, Rt 164 in Preston at 6pm on Fri, Oct 10 and on Sat, Oct 11 and Sun, Oct 19 at 2 pm.  For ticket and dinner information call the church at 860-887-4249.
Then at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington St., Norwich at 6 pm on Fri, Oct 17 and Sat, Oct 18 and Sun, Oct 19 at 2pm.  Ticket $20pp.  For more info call church at 860-887-4249.



Music Director Carolyn Kuan will lead program featuring the Harford Chorale, the First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir, and soloists

HARTFORD, September 22, 2014 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will begin its 71st performance season with the Masterworks Opening Nights concerts on Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19 in Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford.  The season opener includes Porgy and Bess – “arguably the most important piece of American music written in the 20th century,” – The New York Times.

“The theme of the new HSO season is ‘Music Brings Us Together’ and in these opening concerts we will take our audiences on a monumental journey commemorating struggle, bravery and hope,” says HSO Music Director and Conductor Carolyn Kuan.  “Together, we will explore passionate anthems of independence – from the Star Spangled Banner and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess featuring a massive chorus of Greater Hartford voices.  Plus, we’ll present a concerto for koto, which is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.”

Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs was composed as an opera by George Gershwin in 1934-35 and arranged by Robert Russell Bennett in 1956 to include soloists and a chorus performing many of the scores’ most memorable selections.  The HSO’s performance will feature soprano Jonita Lattimore and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, along with the Hartford Chorale and the First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir of Bloomfield.

Tori No Yoni (“Flying like a Bird”) for Koto and Orchestra was composed by Tadao Sawai in 1985, and this will be the HSO’s premiere performance of this work.  The traditional Japanese koto is a long, slender wooden instrument with 13 strings. Sawai’s compositions often take their inspiration from the natural world of flora, fauna, wind and water.  Koto soloist Masayo Ishigure performed on the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” by John Williams, alongside Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others.  She currently teaches at Columbia University.
Calendar Listing:
Masterworks Series


Thursday – Sunday, October 16-19, 2014

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

Thursday 7:30pm│Friday & Saturday 8pm│Sunday 3pm

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Masayo Ishigure koto

Jonita Lattimore soprano

Kevin Deas bass-baritone

Hartford Chorale

Richard Coffey, music director

First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir

James “J.J.” Hairston director of music ministry

Smith Star Spangled Banner

Tchaikovsky 1812, Overture Solennelle, Op. 49

Sawai Tori No Yoni (Flying Like a Bird)

Gershwin arr. Bennett Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs


Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$67.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, October 18, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Additional HSO concerts in October 2014

Pops! Series


Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell

Tickets starting at $20.00; $10.00 for students with ID

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck.  His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the HSO for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sunday Serenades Series


Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Tickets $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

The visual narrative of MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers imagines an historical union of France and England merged as a huge colonial empire. Frengland’s complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination is documented by Two Feathers in an ongoing project that begins in 1658 and will one day conclude in 1880. The soundscape for this concert includes Henry Purcell’s “golden Sonata,” François Couperin’s Les Nations: “L’Impériale,” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452.

Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education presents Master Class with SFX Makeup Artist TYLER GREEN

Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education presents
Master Class with SFX Makeup Artist

October 25, 2014
Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
Torrington, CT – The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present a Master Class with SFX Makeup Artist TYLER GREEN, in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5 pm.

Join us as SFX Makeup Artist and Litchfield native, TYLER GREEN, takes students of this master class on a fascinating journey through the magical art form of special effect makeup and prosthetics. In addition to a lively discussion about the nature of this intricate art form as well as his own experiences as a special effects artist and finalist on the smash hit TV series FACE OFF, Tyler will also transform a regular human being into a realistic ghoulish creature LIVE ON STAGE! Just in time for Halloween, this is one experience that is not to be missed!

Program proudly sponsored by KRYOLAN Professional Make-Up.

Tickets are $30 for ages 13-adult and $15 for ages 12 and under and can be purchased by calling the Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180 or online at warnertheatre.org. Limited spaces available.

Greater New Britain Arts Online Calendar of Events

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Greater New Britain Arts Online Calendar of Events
Tuesday, September 23

The Fault in Our Stars, Film @ New Britain Public Library
4 p.m. – Teen Movie Series. Open to all. Free Snacks. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Shown in Main Library Community Room. This 2014 comedy/romance film is rated PG-13. Run time is 2 hr 6min. Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group – Free – New Britain Public Library 20 High Street New Britain, CT 06051 – (860) 224-3155 – www.nbpl.info


Wednesday, September 24
Key Largo, Film @ New Britain Public Library
12 p.m. – Lunchtime Matinee. Open to all. Bring lunch. Coffee and dessert provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Shown in Main Library Community Room. Key Largo is a 1948 Oscar winning film noir classic. (Unrated) Run time is 100 min. Directed by John Houston and starring Humphrey Bogart with Lauren Bacall, Ethel Barrymore and Claire Trevor in featured roles. Film explores the tensions between a group of adversaries trapped in Key West during a hurricane – Free – New Britain Public Library 20 High Street New Britain, CT 06051 – (860) 224-3155 – www.nbpl.info


Wednesday, September 24

Engelbert & Friends @ Trinity-on-Main
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Presented by Jimmy Mazz Enjoy Jimmy’s performance of classics by Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka & MORE! BOX LUNCH and Show for $15.00. Need to order by September 22. Show Only: $9 advance purchase, $13 at the door. Doors Open at 11AM, Lunch at 11:30AM and Show begins at 12:15 PM. Concessions and full bar available. Must have appropriate ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. Trinity-on-Main is handicap accessible -Trinity-on-Main 69 Main Street New Britain, CT 06051 – (860) 229-2072 – www.trinityonmain.org – Abundant parking on the street and in the Chestnut Street Garage next to the Police Station – BUY TICKETS


Wednesday, September 24
KARAOKE @ Trinity-on-Main
8 p.m. – Music and sound by Thunder and Lighting Productions. $5 admission that includes a free drink or a concession item. There is a 50/50 raffle – the more that come the more the prize money. Open for all ages but you must be 21 with proper ID to purchase alcohol at the bar. Open Mic – you can play your acoustic guitar and sing from the stage with a professions P.A. and Lighting system. We have a large selection of songs. Call Joe at 860-306-4584 for additional information and/or tickets -Trinity-on-Main 69 Main Street New Britain, CT 06051 – (860) 229-2072 – www.trinityonmain.org – Abundant parking on the street and in the Chestnut Street Garage next to the Police Station. Municipal parking in downtown New Britain is free every day after 5 PM and all day on holidays and weekends


Thursday, September 25
Sculpture inSITE @ New Britain Museum of American Art
11 a.m. – Join artist and staff member Melanie Carr on a tour of the grounds as we look at outdoor sculptures in relationship to site. The New Britain Museum of American Art sits on 3 acres of land adjacent to an 100 acre Frederick Law Olmsted park, Walnut Hill, making the outdoor sculpture garden a must see. Enjoy walking the grounds as we discover the Museum’s outdoor treasures—including the landscape! Hats + umbrellas are strongly encouraged. Tours occur rain or shine – Free with Museum admission – New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street New Britain, CT 06052-1412 – nbmaa@nbmaa.org – 860-229-0257 – www.nbmaa.org


Thursday, September 25

CCSU Faculty Recital
3 – 4 p.m. – Featuring Julie Ribchinsky, cello and Susan Cheng, piano – Founders Hall in Davidson, Central Connecticut State University 1615 Stanley Street New Britain, CT 06051 – Department of Music, Heather Eaton: heaton@ccsu.edu or (860) 832-2912 – www.ccsu.eduCAMPUS MAP


Thursday, September 25
Brave New West: Film @ NBMAA
5:30pm – 7:00pm – The Museum features a selection of films about artists and the process of art, as well as innovative video made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view. Video art and documentaries made by artists and taped interviews with visual artists and critics are also presented. Brave New West documents the experiences of Jim Stiles, a young man who moved to the socially conservative community of Moab, Utah in the mid-1970s where he began one-handedly publishing the politically progressive paper, the Canyon Country Zephyr. Widely recognized as one of the best indie papers in the American West, The Zephyr combines humor, history, honesty and artistry in its coverage of environmental issues. Committed to “Hopelessly clinging to the past since 1989,” the Canyon Country Zephyr is all about merging the “Old West” with the “New West.” This compelling film provides an illuminating profile of Stiles, his paper, and the land and people that are his passion – Free with Museum admission – New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street New Britain, CT 06052-1412 – nbmaa@nbmaa.org – 860-229-0257 – www.nbmaa.org


Thursday, September 25

Third Annual Freedom to Read Celebration
7 – 8:30 p.m. Our Freedom to Read program coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Southington Library invites Southington notables to join in our celebration. The public is invited to the event. Libraries across the United States come together during Banned Books Week to stress the importance of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek. Location: Library Cafe Corner & Meeting Room – Southington Library, 255 Main Street, Southington, CT 06489 – (860) 628-0947 – southingtonlibrary.org

Emerson Theater Collaborative announces its production of HOUR FARTHER

Emerson Theater Collaborative announces its production of HOUR FARTHER
Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC), in association with Black Stars of the Great White Way – a Chapman Roberts and Richard Allen Center for Art & Culture, announces its production of the play, Hour Farther written by David Horace Greer, directed by Camilla Ross, and starring renowned stage and screen actor and singer, Kirk Taylor. Most recently, Mr. Taylor had the honor of working alongside the late Robin Williams and Mila Kunis in the film, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn directed by Phillip Alden Robinson.
Hour Farther, set outside a rural Kentucky town, is a play about Victor, an adopted-son waiting to meet his biological father for the first time who discovers how dangerous family truth can be. As he waits, Victor takes us on an odyssey with father-figures in his life: his adopted father, mother, and grandfather, as well as his reverend, step-cousin, step-dad, even Superman and Jesus. Hour Farther is an epic play with cosmic and biblical tones told through rural, gospel, and hip hop rhythms that explores themes of love, reconciliation, and redemption.
Said a member of Cincinnati Playwrights’ Initiative reading committee, “HOUR FARTHER reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s A SPACE ODYSSEY. It is a beautifully constructed epic, yet humorous tale of the past, present, and future.”

Cast: Elijah Manning, Nichelle Rollins, Menelik Nesmith, Kirk Taylor, & Derrick Williams.
On October 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A “Meet and Greet the Cast” will be hosted by Dennis Sirrine of Sirrine Design at Velvet Mill Studios in The Gallery, located at 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT. Wine and cheese will be served. Free and open to the public.

Hour Farther will be performed October 3 – 4 at 8:00 pm and October 5 at 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Mystic, CT. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or on line at www.emersontheatercollaborative.org.
In addition, ETC announces a Free Reading of the play in New York City on Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00 pm at Manhattan Plaza, Ellington Room (2nd Floor), 400 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. All Mystic cast members will participate. RSVPs are required and should be sent to dhgreer3@yahoo.com

Key Dates and Information
What: Emerson Theater Collaborative production of Hour Farther by David Horace Greer.
When: October 3 – 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm and October 5 at 4:00 pm [Meet & Greet the Cast on Oct. 2 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Velvet Mill Studios, Stonington, CT 06378]
Where: First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow Street, Mystic, CT 06355
How: Tickets are $30 and $25 for Seniors and Students at the door or visit www.EmersonTheaterCollaborative.org.
What: Emerson Theater Collaborative free reading of Hour Farther by David H. Greer.
When: October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Manhattan Plaza, Ellington Room (2nd floor.), 400 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036.
How: RSVPs are required and should be sent to dhgreer3@yahoo.com
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Creative team is available for interviews, and photos are available upon request.
Contact: Lisa Giordano, ldgldg7@gmail.com, (860) 861-3743.


Waterford, CT – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the 2015 National Playwrights Conference. Applicants may submit works to the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through Friday, October 17, 2014.

The National Playwrights Conference, which celebrated 50 years of new play development during the summer of 2014, is the founding program of the O’Neill and is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new plays. Authors of selected works will be awarded a residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings.

The O’Neill takes its mission for the discovery of new work and artists to heart: approximately 1,000 scripts are submitted for consideration each year. All developed projects in 2014, and seven of eight projects in 2013, 2012, and 2011, were discovered through the Open Submission Process. Submissions are sent to readers across the country and read blindly, allowing volunteer readers to focus on each writer’s voice and story, rather than a recognizable name or previous accomplishment. Each year, additionally, there might be one or two invitations for established writers or collaborations with other institutions; these help launch conversations with the larger national field.

Goldberg, Artistic Director since 2005, noted, “It’s been a remarkable year celebrating our 50th anniversary, and now we look to the future. For our 51st season, I look forward to building on our immense artistic legacy and helping to nurture the most innovative and fearless storytellers of our time.”

During Goldberg’s tenure, more than 50 works have gone on to world premiere productions. The 2014-15 theatrical season will see world premieres of Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (NPC 2014) at the Atlantic Theater Company, Lost Lake by David Auburn (NPC 2013) at Manhattan Theatre Club, Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin (NPC 2013) at Roundabout Underground, and Lauren Yee’s Samsara (NPC 2013) at Victory Gardens. Additionally, Jennifer Haley’s Susan Smith Blackburn prize-winning The Nether, developed at NPC 2011, will have its New York premiere at MCC Theater.

The National Playwrights Conference was launched in 1964. Playwrights have shaped the Conference from its very inception. When founder George C. White first gathered a prominent group of emerging writers to discuss their needs, the result was the “O’Neill model” – a place where playwrights can focus entirely on the development of their plays in workshop production without the pressures of commercial endeavors. More than 600 plays have evolved through the National Playwrights Conference.

The O’Neill continues to build an endowment to support Open Submissions. Initiated in 2006 with donations made in honor of O’Neill playwright Wendy Wasserstein, interest income helps support the submission and selection process.

Submission Details

– Early submissions are strongly encouraged
- No agent/representation required
– Plays of any length or genre are eligible
– T
he work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2015
- Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the cost of the process

The O’Neill will also host three online Q&A sessions about the process on the O’Neill Facebook page: Tuesday Sep. 30th at 1pm, Sunday Oct. 5th at 3pm, and Wednesday Oct. 15th at 6pm.

Visit http://www.theoneill.org/summer-conferences/npc/submission-info for application and guidelines. Please direct any questions about the conference to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email litoffice@theoneill.org

About the O’Neill:

Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. It is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

Recipient of a 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre and 1979 Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence, O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute (NTI). NTI offers intensive theater training programs for academic credit, including the brand-new National Music Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), a semester of study abroad, and six-week Theatermakers Summer Intensive.

The O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The childhood summer home of Eugene O’Neill, the Cottage is a National Historic Landmark.

Theater, dance and comedy line up in ‘The Queue’

Theater, dance and comedy line up in ‘The Queue’

Air travel can be mundane or even malicious, as evidenced by recent news of diverted flights and unruly passengers. But the Chicago-based dance theater company Lucky Plush Productions has turned a situation most people dread into an amusing and energizing experience with “The Queue,” the first performance in the new season of onStage at Connecticut College, on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium.

The characters in “The Queue” are in line at a fictional international airport, where they mix melancholy and morbid ideas about life and death with slapstick, vaudeville and Busby Berkeley-style choreography to create a comedic and moving production of dance and theater. The central narrative comes from “A Will and No Will, or a Bone for the Lawyers,” a 1946 farcical play in which a man’s impending death creates chaos as other characters evaluate their roles in his life and lobby for inheritances. “The Queue” has been compared to the physical humor of Charlie Chaplain and the rhythm and timing of Jacques Tati.

“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Richter, director of arts programming at Connecticut College, “funny but forlorn, a mix of theater and dance, and all in such a banal setting. This truly is a performance that will have wide-ranging appeal.”

This presentation of “The Queue” by Lucky Plush Productions was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for the event are $24; $21 for seniors; and $12 for students. For tickets and information, call 860-439-2787 or visit onstage.conncoll.edu.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu.

Matt Engelhardt

Manager of Media Relations

Connecticut College

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