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A Streetcar Named Desire National Theatre Live Saturday, October 25, 2014, 3:00 PM

Directed by Benedict Andrews
With Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby
180 minutes

Broadcast from The Young Vic, this bold, new production of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, is the fastest-selling show in the company’s history. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

 
L.A. Theatre Works: In the Heat of the Night Presenting Series Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30 PM

Susan Albert Loewenberg, producing director
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey

This gripping murder mystery novel set in a small Southern town became an Oscar-winning film and an Emmy Award-winning television show. Best for ages 13+. Strong language advisory. Loud noises will be heard. ASL will be provided.

When the body of a wealthy white man is discovered police arrest a black stranger passing through town, only to learn that Virgil Tibbs is a respected homicide detective. Tibbs reluctantly finds himself working with the chief of police to solve the murder, while wrestling with the fear, hatred, and prejudices prevalent in the deep South in the 1960s.

The role of Virgil Tibbs is played by the young up and coming actor Ryan Vincent Anderson. The production also stars a great mix of actors with stage, film, and TV credits. Included is TV and film star Tom Virtue (Even Stevens, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Charmed, Entourage, Two and a Half Men, Iron Man 3 and many more).

Also in the cast are Michael Hammond whose credits include the Shakespeare Theatre DC and the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Travis Johns, a frequent guest star on TV (Nip/Tuck, Days of Our Lives, Ray Donovan, The Mentalist and more). Kalen Harriman and L.A. Theatre Works stalwart, Darren Richardson, whose distinctive voice has been heard in a wide array of films from Pirates of the Caribbean to X-Men are also in the cast.

 
Skylight National Theatre Live Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 PM

Directed by Stephen Daldry
With Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, Matthew Beard
165 minutes

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

 
Six Characters in Search of an Author Department of Film, Television and Theatre Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:30 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:30 PM

by Luigi Pirandello

FTT presents Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 masterpiece Six Characters in Search of an Author, newly adapted and directed by ND alumnus Patrick Vassel (’07). In Pirandello’s original script, the title characters commandeer the rehearsal of a play to tell their own stories, calling into question the relationship between art and life. In FTT’s adaptation, the six characters abandon the theatre for the set of a contemporary reality TV show, blurring even further the line between what is real and what is artifice.

 
Building Musical Instruments from Recycled Material Kennedy Center Workshop Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:00 PM

For teachers of Grades K–6 For up to 30 teachers In this 3 hour workshop, K-6 teachers learn how create musical instruments from recycled and reused materials, and then use those instruments to make connections to science and literacy. First, participants build the instruments–such as an oboe from a straw, maracas and drums from tin cans, a guitar from a tube and fishing line–while learning the science behind how they work. Next, the sounds of the instruments become the inspiration for writing musical stories to be performed on the instruments–Common Core curriculum connection. No musical background required!

Facilitator:
JOHN BERTLES is an educator, composer and instrument-builder. He has worked in arts education since 1988 as a teaching artist, professional developer, administrator and consultant. He is the founder and co-director of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts LLC, which presents performances, residencies and professional development sessions nationwide, and a board member of the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable. As a composer he works with combinations of traditional instruments along with his own invented musical instruments built from recycled and reused materials. His most recent performances include “The Choke Artist” for found-object instrument sextet; “Incline and Trashicaglia” for orchestra, homemade instruments and audience members; and a version of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” for 3-6 year olds, written for small orchestra of “traditional and found-object instruments. Over the years he has worked with some amazing performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach and Mister Rogers; and consulted for the Grammy Foundation, Leonard Bernstein Center, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Silk Road Ensemble, among others.

 
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