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Weekend Distractions CXXXVII

Friday, April 10th, 2015

FRIDAY:
6:00pm – Shared Spaces Closing Reception @ Spring Street Gallery
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

SATURDAY:
3:00pm – Clothing Swap Shop @ Spa
4:00pm – Fun Day Band & DJ Submissions Due @ Skidmore
4:00pm – Fun Day Poster Design Submissions Due @ Skidmore
5:00pm – Madeleine Kanazawa and Katerina Vujić Joint Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Element Fashion Show @ The Tang
8:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

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Skidmore Theater Presents: ‘Blood Wedding’

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Photo credit: Sue Kessler

Photo credit: Sue Kessler

The Skidmore Theater Department will debut its spring mainstage production, Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, this Friday, April 10th at 8pm. The show will run from April 10-12, then April 16-19. All performances are at 8:00pm, except for Sunday matinees, which are at 2pm.

Tradition, passion and violence are at the core of this true story about a love that can never become a marriage. BLOOD WEDDING is rooted in the land, and in it’s people’s desire to cling on to tradition in changing times. Underneath the landscape of this play is the rumbling of the early days of the Spanish Civil War and Lorca’s poetic resistance.

Tickets are $8 for Students & Seniors and $12 for General Admission. Contact the Skidmore Theater box office at 518-580-5439 or boxoffice@skidmore.edu for tickets, or purchase tickets online.

(UPDATE 4/10/15: The Saratogian recently did two great write-ups on the show, which you can check out here and here.)

Cabaret Troupe Presents: ‘Urinetown’ (4/2-4/4)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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Tonight, April 2nd, Cabaret Troupe will premiere their production of Mark Hollmann’s Urinetown, which will run until this Sunday, April 4th.

A Tony-Award-winning musical, Urinetown takes place in a society where corporate control has made it “a privilege to pee.” “Urinetown raises the question of how to properly respond to a crisis,” says director Cal Lane ’16. “While it may seem like none of the characters know what they’re doing, they are not stupid. In fact they are so motivated by a singular passion that they simply can’t see anyone else’s viewpoint.”

Performances are this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9April 2-4) all at 7pm in Filene Auditorium. The show is entirely free and student-run. It looks like Cab Troupe’s really come a long way since their legendarily atrocious production of Cabaret, so be sure to stop by and check out the show.

Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Holy shit.

Holy shit.

Tickets are currently available for the Skidmore Theater Department‘s spring black box production, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. Directed by Emily Moler ’15, The Penelopiad opens Friday, Feb. 27th and runs until March 4th.

In a splendid contemporary twist on The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give a voice to Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and to her twelve maids. In this dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is unsettling. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, Atwood gives Penelope new life and reality–and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

Reservations are a must, as the show will most definitely sell out. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for general admission. Contact the Box Office at 518-580-5439 or boxoffice@skidmore.edu for ticket information, or just check out the “Get Tickets” page to directly purchase tickets.

The spring black box production is always directed by a student, so if you’re looking for some fresh theater that isn’t produced by some old fart, get your reservations now and support one of your peers who’s actually doing shit and making something cool.

Skidmore Theater Presents: Dancing at Lughnasa

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Skidmore Theater presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Marie Glozbatch, and co-starring Bean Boots and leggings.

The Skidmore Theater Department has announced its Fall 2014 black box production, Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Marie Glotzbach. (Yeah, that would be Phil’s wife.)

Dancing at Lughnasa explores the fragile harmony among five grown sisters in rural northern Ireland in 1936 juxtaposed against the realities of political and religious shifts and the oncoming industrial revolution. Reflected through the memory of Michael, the illegitimate son of one of the sisters, playwright Brian Friel reveals undercurrents of desire and longing, which he interweaves with motifs of music, dancing, and a traditional pagan festival. Cutting between Michael’s adult and seven-year-old selves, Friel takes us back to the Ireland of Michael’s childhood and tries to come to terms with the changes in both family dynamics and Irish culture. On this gauzy screen of memory, caring family ties and nostalgia filter together like a pattern of light and shading in a woodland glen.

The show runs from October 16 to October 22, and all shows—with the exception of the Sunday Matinee on the 18th—start at 8:00pm. It looks like everything’s sold out except for the 20th, the 21st, and the 22nd, so you probably want to hop on that pretty soon if you’re interested.

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 senior.

That seems a little on the steep side, but the department usually does pretty solid work, so you should take a couple bucks out of your coffee fund and treat yourself to a night of theater. Theater majors probably seem pretty culty and Greeky at points, and there’s a 85% chance you’ve gotten kicked out one of their parties at some point in your time at Skidmore (at least they don’t hand out flyers to freshmen, though) but the department’s pretty well-known and produces good people like that dude from The Walking Dead. So this just might be your chance to say you knew that one recurring TV show character way back when.

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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