Much Ado About Nothing
Wednesday, October 15 at 10am
While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, the Bard gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again. American Shakespeare Center’s production is presented in classic Shakespearian style with actors playing multiple roles and surrounded by audience on three sides.
Running Time: 2 ½ hours which includes a 15 intermission during which live acoustic music is performed
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 1, 2014
Additional opportunity: The company will conduct a post-show discussion for those groups that are able to stay for an extra 15 minutes.
County of Kings
Thursday, November 14 at 10am
Lemon Andersen is a writer, performance artist, screen actor, Tony Award-winning poet and three-time felon who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of drug addicted parents who died of AIDS before he was fifteen. American Place Theatre has taken his life story and adapted it into a solo autobiographical play performed by Michael Angel Viera, eloquently capturing Lemon’s true story of finding passion and purpose in life against all odds. A combination of gritty hip-hop poetry and prose, the play follows his coming-of-age memoir and explores universal themes of poverty, race, urban culture, self-discovery, acceptance, personal responsibility and redemption. County of Kings is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.
Running Time: 60 minute performance plus 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a master teaching artist from American Place Theatre for a total of 90 minutes
Resource Materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 23, 2014
Additional opportunity: Free copy of book provided courtesy of the UAlbany Foundation for each paid student admission
Friday, December 12 at 10am
For an entire semester, Professor Keith Earle of the UAlbany Physics Department and choreographer Ellen Sinopoli focused on a communion of the arts and sciences studying side by side the principles of physics and modern dance. Equal parts lecture, demonstration, performance and discussion, this program is a result of their efforts and includes Texture of the Whole, a choreographic work for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company that they collaborated to create and which utilizes more than a dozen laws of physics deeply intertwining the science with the dance.
Running Time: approximately 60-70 minutes
Resource Materials: Teacher materials provided in advance
Payment Due Date: November 19, 2014
Representatives from the Physics Department are available to meet and tour departmental facilities with interested groups after the performance.
The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is available for pre- and/or post-performance participatory workshops at your school to enhance the program experience. Fee is $175 per workshop.