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Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3PM

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THERE WAS A WORLD

SONGS FOR THEN AND NOW 

        Music by Ellen Mandel

Starring The Swinging Sirens
Bridget Beirne, Jessica Crandall, Sonni James
              and Ellen Mandel on piano
        Hear composer Ellen Mandel and three super-talented singers perform Mandel’s songs in celebration of her new CD There Was A World, to texts from First Stories like Agamemnon Home  and Wolfpit by Glyn Maxwell (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble resident playwright), Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings and others.
The New York Times calls Ellen’s lyrical and jazzy, humorous and moving songs  “ardent, spiky, and freshly organic.”  
All Things Considered says “a striking collaboration…I wish I could give this CD to every poetry lover I know.”

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NEAR VICKSBURG

Written and Directed By Sara Farrington

FEATURING: Megan Emery Gaffney*, Ugo Chukwu*, Chris Michael Burke* and Zoë Van Tieghem

Near Vicksburg is set in the Civil War during Siege of Vicksburg. On May 18th, 1863 Union troops (or “Feds”) fell upon the river city of Vicksburg, MS and fought for it until July 4th, a total of 47 days. To escape the relentless artillery fire, mortar attacks and bombardments, the citizens of Vicksburg, mostly women, children and soon-to-be-former slaves, dug and hid in a series of 500 caves in the hills and bluffs of the city. The play is about three completely powerless people hiding in one of these caves: Jane, a middle class Southern woman, her husband’s slave, George, and Jane’s teenaged daughter. As the war rages only inches away from them, Jane and George create their own version of society in the claustrophobic cave, with its own set of rules, boundaries, language and physicality.

SATURDAY MAY 24, 2014 AT 8PM  

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STEALING SEASON

By Topher Cusamano 

A STAGED READING 

Directed by Cheryl King

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Season and her mother have never had the best relationship, but when a sadistic monster calling himself The King kidnaps Season, both of these women are tested to their limits. As Season searches for the will to live, her mother has to search for the will to keep on searching. Inspired by the mythological abduction of the goddess, Persephone, Stealing Season explores the relationship between a mother and daughter who go to hell and back again.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 AT 3PM  

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FLOZETTA

by Nadine Graham

Directed by Rachel Gordon

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FEATURING: AMELIA FOWLER

Henrietta is an unstable blues singer with a tragic past. Her daughter Flo, deals with the legacy of pain her mother unwittingly hands down to her. An exploration of the tumultuous mother/daughter relationship filled with music, pathos, humor and deep humanity.  

 SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 AT 3PM

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THRESHOLD

BY HASAN ERKEK

A Staged Reading

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Leaving their increasingly impoverishing rural life to immigrate to the city, a multi-generational  family finds themselves relieved of the restricting pressure of customs on individual freedom… and yet struggling to adapt to urban life.  Bringing together three different generations of one family, Hasan Erkek focuses on the links of each generation with the “past”, the “present” and the “future” during the process of transformation.

“Threshold”, one of the most significant plays of Hasan ERKEK, received the Yunus Emre Award given by Bak?rköy Municipality in 1997. The play, seen by thirty thousand people when staged by City Theatres of Istanbul Municipality in 1998 and again by thirty thousand audiences when performed by the Ankara State Theatre in 2008, achieved a record in its own right. It was published in Turkish and French in Turkey, in French in France, in Russian in Azerbaijan, and in Armenian in Armenia. It will be published in Spain very soon.

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Hasan ERKEK

Hasan ERKEK is an award winning playwright, poet and professor of drama at Andalou University. His plays have been performed by more than 35 theatres around the globe, including in Algeria, Lebanon, Kosovo, Cyprus, Cameroon, as well as at Turkish National  and City Theaters. He is also a poet, has written radio plays (approximately 16 radio plays were broadcast by national radios in Turkey) and film scripts.

May 20, 2014 at 8pm

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This performance of THRESHOLD has been made possible by the generous support of The American Turkish Society’s Moon and Stars Project.

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THE LITTLE FELLOW, OR: THE PROSTITUTE PLAY

BY KATE HAMILL 

A STAGED READING 

Directed by Eric Tucker (Artistic Director, Bedlam)

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What is the true cost of winning?

Based loosely on a true story, The Little Fellow, or: the Prostitute Play follows the exploits of Harriet Wilson, called the “Queen of Tarts” – England’s most popular courtesan of the 19th century. For decades, English society has been ruled by the demi-monde, the world of high-class prostitutes and their noble patrons. But times are changing and Harriet wants to stay ahead of the pack – even if she has to take on the most powerful man in England to get her due. Full of blackmail, intrigue, ribald humor, exploitation, and anti-heroes, The Little Fellow has been described as “naughty Ibsen”.

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014 AT 7:30PM

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