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The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts) to Run April 28-30

Monday, April 27th, 2015
I truly don't know what to expect.

I truly don’t know what to expect.

Tomorrow night, April 28th, marks the debut of The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts): an audience-immersive performance-party by the Battery Candle Theatre Collective, which will run until Thursday night.

The site-specific show is created, directed, and co-choreographed by Kev Berry, and will take place at Saratoga Music Hall at 6:45 April 28-30. I’d try to succinctly summarize the show, but I think the best I can do is just provide the description from the show’s Facebook event.

The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts) is a two-hour promenade performance. This means that guests will be asked and encouraged to explore the space freely for the duration of the party. The experience is a personal journey and you may find yourself separated from your group. This also means that there is no seating. If you feel that to enjoy a theatrical event, you would require a seat, we are sorry, but this may not be the show for you. No concessions will be made on this matter.

 

Tickets are free, and guests will be required to wear provided white Venetian ball masks for the duration of the performance and are strongly encouraged to adhere to a decadent dress code in shades of white, grey, black, and gold, with comfortable footwear and contact lenses instead of spectacles, if possible.

WILD TIMES 20/80!!! also features an ensemble of performers from the Theater and Dance departments, as well as co-choreography by Jacqueline Courchene and installation design by Mercury Hogan.

In other words, there are a whole lot of people involved with this interesting piece of work–and the piece is totally student-produced by Berry with the help of grants–so high-tail it over to Saratoga Music Hall for what is sure to be an exciting and different performance experience.

“FFFem: Feminist, Feminine, etc. Monologues” Writing Workshop (11/15 & 11/18)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
They can do it. And so can you.

They can do it. And so can you.

Traditionally, Feminist Action Network (FAN), puts on a production of The Vagina Monologues every February as part of V-Month, a month-long global movement to end violence against women and girls. This year, however, FAN will be doing something altogether different–and more personalized and unique to the Skidmore community–as they are producing a reinvented version of The Vagina Monologues using stories from Skidmore students about their experiences with “feminism, femininity, womanhood, and the female body.”

FAN will be holding workshops on Saturday, 11/15 @ 3pm and Tuesday 11/18 @ 5:30pm to help generate ideas and jumpstart the writing process for those who wish to attend.

Whether or not writers attend the workshop, however, all monologues can be submitted through this link and will be compiled and performed second semester by student actors. The deadline for submission is December 1st. Monologues will be performed anonymously, unless otherwise requested by the writer. All members of the Skidmore community (students, professors, employees, administrators) are welcome to submit. Looking at you, PG.

This seems like a wonderful opportunity for writers, actors, performers, and feminists of all types, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be part of a new and interesting project. Here’s hoping they keep Pussy Talk as a title.

Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Poster design by Caroline Herman '17.

Poster design by Caroline Herman ’17.

The opening of the Skidmore Theater Department’s fall main stage production, American Medea, is quickly approaching, and tickets are currently on sale. The show, written and directed by the department’s new artist-in-residence Holly L. Derr, runs November 14-16 and November 20-23.

This provocative re-imagining of the Medea myth plays out deep in the heart of Texas. When a media circus descends on the rural cow town of Corinth, TX, to cover a gruesome filicide, a community must confront its own expectations and prejudices about motherhood, identity, and gender roles in a post-modern world. American Medea is an unflinching collage of story and culture, a new American myth based on our own contemporary Medeas.

Well, this is terrifying. (Photo by Julian Klein' 15)

Well, this is terrifying. (Photo by Julian Klein’ 15)

All shows—with the exception of the Sunday matinees on the 16th and 23rd—start at 8:00pm. For information on tickets, you can call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email them at boxoffice@skidmore.edu. For online ticketing refer to Skidmore College Theater on Facebook or the Theater Department’s website. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Adam Tinkle Presents: “A Mess of Things”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Fucking art

Fucking art.

Every once in a while you come across some random event that sounds strangely awesome, even though you have no clue what it is exactly. Enter Adam Tinkle’s A Mess of Things, “an illuminated radio play about family, memory, and having too much stuff” to be performed tomorrow (Thursday, 9/25) in Zankel.

In addition to doing just about everything, Adam Tinkle is an artist, performer, scholar, and education in apparently all things evocative of human emotion. A Mess of Things originally debuted on April 1, 2011 at the Experimental Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD, La Jolla, CA. It was then performed in June of that year at Hollywood Fringe Festival–where it won Best of Fringe–and it toured the East Coast, being performed at a variety of venues and for a variety of audiences.

A fusion of radio documentary and experimental music theater, A Mess of Things is an award winning hour-long solo performance by Adam Tinkle. It blends audio interviews the composer made with his grandfather together with text, songs, videos and live music into a dense exploration of memory, hoarding and the difficulties of divesting. Rich with sonic detail, A Mess of Things layers voices and images, and moves fluidly between intimate storytelling (think This American Life) and chaotic sonic texture (think Negativland).  A must-see for fans of the Books, Laurie Anderson and Robert Ashley.

If you’re not insanely curious after reading that, I recommend you check out Steven Leigh Morris’s write-up about it in the LA Weekly. It’s at the very bottom of the piece (in the last four paragraphs), where he mentions that the piece contains “that rarest of qualities we seek, in the theater and in life—authenticity.” Where else are you gonna find that on a Thursday night at Skidmore College?

The show, which will be performed in Ladd Hall, starts at 8:00PM. Check out an excerpt from the show below. It should be weird and cool, so be there if you’re into that sort of thing.

Skidmore Theater Presents: Back Country Crimes

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Skidmore Theatre Department’s main stage production of Back Country Crimes debuts this Friday.

Synopsis: 

BACK COUNTY CRIMES is the story of a small rural town, as told by the town’s family doctor. It’s a poetic tale of forbidden love affairs, sordid murders, tragic misunderstandings, and comic endeavors, similar to Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN but with an edge. Playwright Lanie Robertson has a savvy sense of black comedy, setting the play “in the little town of Duty in the county known as Love.” Music and singing fill the play, as a gallery of characters move through compellingly tragic, or caustically comic vignettes. As the town doctor’s memories come to life in front of us, we are shown a tapestry of the best and worst of humanity. In the end we are left with a haunting affirmation of life, ready to embrace the themes of ‘duty’ and ‘love’ with new understanding.

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Tickets For Two Masters

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Skidmore Theater Department presents Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters its Thrust Stage Seminar Production for the Fall 2010 semester November 19 – 21 and December 2 – 5.

Skidmore’s unique production, translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi and directed by Alma Becker, is a “cross between traditional Italian commedia dell’ arte and postmodern vaudeville. Goldoni’s classic pits the madcap servant, Truffaldino, against masters, mistresses, lovers, lawyers and multiple plates of meatballs. This will is a fast-moving comedy, complete with acrobatics, juggling, audience participation, and a li…beral dose of adlibs.”

Tickets for the show are available through the Skidmore Theater Box Office at boxoffice@skidmore.edu or 518-580-5439.
$8 for students and seniors and $12 for errbody else.
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Friday, November 19th @ 8pm
Saturday, November 20th @ 8pm
Sunday, November 21st @ 2pm

Thursday, December 2nd @ 8pm
Friday, December 3rd @ 8pm
Saturday, December 4th @ 8pm
Sunday, December 5th @ 2pm

An Evening With Alex Orthwein

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Congratulations to Skidmore student Alex Orthwein for somehow convincing most of the theater department to produce a play about his life. An Evening With Alex Orthwein is a semi-non-fictional autobiographical play directed by Alex Dayan ’11 in which the cast and crew combined their real life experiences to write a show about a character—”Alex Orthwein”—who could represent the company as a whole. I’m just impressed this kid got the play named after him, stuff like that usually only happens to kings and weird barbers.

Performances are 8pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in JKB’s Studio A. Email ebarker@skidmore.edu to reserve free seats.
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‘The Women’ Returns To JKB

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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hey look! skidmore students acting out a play on the stage

If you forgot to see the Skidmore production of Claire Booth-Luce’s The Women before Thanksgiving you’re in luck because the fine production will return to the stage this week. The curtains rise Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and there will be a Sunday matinee at 2pm. To reserve tickets call 518-580-5439 or email boxoffice@skidmore.edu.
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Theater Dept. Presents: Boothe-Luce’s The Women

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Emily Zahn ’11 writes in to tell us about The Women:

The theater department’s mainstage production of The Women by Clare Boothe-Luce opens this Friday. It stars 21 gorgeous women and 0 men as 40 characters in this fabulous satire about high society ladies in the 1930s. It’s funny, adorable and poignant all at the same time. We have shows at JKB on November 20th and 21st at 8PM, November 22nd at 2PM, December 3rd, 4th and 5th at 8PM and December 6th at 2PM.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 518-580-5439 or emailing boxoffice@skidmore.edu.