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Each year, the staff of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center selects performances to augment and complement the offerings of the Departments of Music and Theatre. Often, these professional companies are on campus for several days sharing their artistic work and vision. We are proud of the multi-disciplinary artists who will be with us this season and graciously thank our partners who have enabled us to make their presence here a possibility.


Quartet Anagram
Monday, September 29 at 7:30pm

Advance tickets:$15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

Sharing a common love for improvisation and beholden to the philosophy that everyone is an improviser, drummer Dennis Mariano, pianist Mark Olivieri, bassist Kyle Vock and guitarist Greg Wachala bring together their diverse artistic backgrounds to create musical rhetorics that interweave between post-Darmstadt western art music traditions, early music and popular musical idioms. more info

Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Support provided by University Auxiliary Services and Holiday Inn Express.



Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30pm with live pre-show music beginning at 7pm

Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Patrick Earl and Stephanie Holladay Earl as Benedick and Beatrice, photo by Michael Bailey
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 performed by American Shakespeare Center, 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. more info


Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by University Auxiliary Services and Holiday Inn Express.



Lemon AndersenFor the events listed below, see the
"Looking at Lemon" tab for full details.

Lemon: The Movie
Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm &
Saturday, November 1 at 9pm

An Evening with Lemon Andersen

Thursday, November 6 at 7pm

County of Kings by Lemon Andersen
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm



Brian Brooks Moving Company, photo by Matthew MurphyFor the event listed below, see the
"In the Raw Series" tab for full details.



Brian Brooks Moving Company

Sunday, November 2 at 7:30pm
SOLD OUT



Photos this page:
American Shakespeare Center by Michael Bailey. Pictured are Patrick Earl and Stephanie Holladay Earl as Benedick and Beatrice.
Brian Brooks Moving Company photo by Metthew Murphy.



Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Thursday, February 12 at 7:30pm followed by a post-show discussion

Advance tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff 

Kim Stauffer in WAM_Theatre's_Emilie, photo by Enrico SpadaToday she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire but Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749) was more than a great man’s mistress. A leading interpreter of modern physics as well as a master of mathematics and linguistics, she fulfilled her role as a French noblewoman but also challenged it by writing philosophical works and translating Newton’s “Principia,” all while pregnant by a younger lover. WAM Theatre presents a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s play in which the title character tallies her achievements in Love and Philosophy and searches for a formula to convince the world of her worth. 

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center with support provided by the UAlbany Foundation and Holiday Inn Express.



Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm with a pre-show discussion beginning at 7pm

Cherita Armstrong in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, photo by Jennifer BarnetteAdvance tickets:
$15 general public
$10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public
$15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff 

Commissioned by The New York Historical Society in 2006, this Literature to Life work by American Place Theatre is a verbatim adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ book of the same name. While illuminating in shocking fashion the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children, it is an inspiring tale of resilience and survival. Cherita Armstrong stars in this account of the author’s seven years spent hiding out as a fugitive in The Loophole, a crawl space in her grandmother’s attic where she could neither sit nor stand, in order to protect her children and hopefully ensure their eventual freedom. This show is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.

Artist website See a clip of the show.

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and Holiday Inn Express.



Ashley Browne & Brandon Cournay of KEIGWIN + COMPANY, photo by Matthew MurphyFor the event listed below, see the
"In the Raw Series" tab for full details.



KEIGWIN + COMPANY

Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm



Photos this page:
Emilie by Enrico Spada. Pictured is Kim Stauffer.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Jennifer Barnette. Pictured is Cherita Armstrong.
KEIGWIN + COMPANY by Matthew Murphy. Pictured are Ashley Browne & Brandon Cournay.

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presents
Looking at Lemon:
Transforming Life through Literature


in conjunction with the

Performing Arts Center, NYS Writers Institute and University Art Museum

This series of events focuses on the life and work of Lemon Andersen, a writer, performance artist, screen actor and Tony Award-winning poet. He is also a three-time felon who grew up in Brooklyn, the child of heroin addicted parents who died of AIDS before he was fifteen leaving Lemon an orphaned teenager fending for himself. A high school drop-out who spent years in jail and on probation, his attempts at rehabilitation faltered until he attended a poetry reading and found a sense of purpose in the art of words.  The series celebrates Lemon’s ability to find meaning in his life, discover healing in creative work and transform pain into art. 


(Please take note of the various locations of these events)


Lemon: The Movie

Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm – Page Hall (Downtown Campus)
Saturday, November 1 at 9pm – Performing Arts Center
poster for documentary Lemon: The MovieFree Admission

This intricately crafted documentary follows Lemon's struggle to free his family from poverty and pain by embarking on a harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage.  It follows his desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. Redemption may lie within Lemon's grasp when none other than Spike Lee steps in to produce his show. The stakes are high.  With the power of a cliffhanger, the film asks the larger question: Can any of us really escape the past? Produced by Laura Brownson and Beth Levison of Dandelion Films, the movie features the music of hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc. See the trailer



An Evening with Lemon Andersen

Thursday, November 6 at 7pm – University Art Museum
Free Admission
Lemon Andersen, photo by Matthew Akers
In an intimate and informal setting, Lemon addresses the audience about his life and work, focusing on what nurtures him as an artist and how that has been the salvation in his life. An original cast member of the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (2002-2003), he shared the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. A veteran of major spoken word performance venues, including the Nuyorican Poets Café and the Apollo Theater, Lemon is also the author of two poetry collections, Ready Made Real (2004) and County of Kings (2009), which earned the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York Book Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in four films directed by Spike Lee, including Sucker Free City (2004), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006), and Miracle at St. Anna (2008).  Lemon also appeared in The Soloist (2009) starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx.  Copies of his book County of Kings will be available for purchase and signing.


County of Kings by Lemon Andersen

Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm – Performing Arts Center
Michael Angel Viera as Lemon Andersen in County of Kings, photo by Manauvaskar KublallPre-show discussion begins at 7pm

Advance tickets: $15 general public
$10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public
$15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff 

Originally developed and directed by Elise Thoron, American Place Theatre took Lemon’s life story and adapted it into a solo play now performed by Michael Angel Viera. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry and gritty prose, the work follows Lemon’s coming-of-age memoir of the same name touching on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison and poetry in an astonishing journey toward self-discovery.  Lemon’s tough, yet poignant story is told with profound honesty, compassion and humor with the work eloquently capturing his quest to find passion and purpose in life against all odds.  This show is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.
See a video of this show in the making.

More info

Additional support for the series provided by the Alumni Association, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Holiday Inn Express. Promotional assistance provided by the Campus Programming Board.


Photos this page:
Lemon Andersen by Matthew Akers.
County of Kings by Manauvaskar Kublall. Pictured is Michael Angel Viera as Lemon Andersen.

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Brian Brooks Moving Company (top), photo by David Bazemore and KEIGWIN + COMPANY (bottom), photo by Matthew Murphy In this new series, two of New York City’s hottest contemporary dance companies offer studio performances of their work in a format where production values are stripped down so that the essence of the dance is brought to the forefront.  With only 98 seats available, the setting is intimate, the performers are up close and personal and there is ample opportunity for conversation between artists and audience.

Advance tickets: $15 general public
$10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public
$15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff 



Brian Brooks Moving Company

Sunday, November 2 at 7:30pm - SOLD OUT
2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks is a daring choreographer who concocts precise, kinetic and volatile sequences of movement that test the threshold of physical endurance.

Artist website


KEIGWIN + COMPANY

Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Offering a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a
theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart, this company physically engages with the sheer unadulterated pleasure of dance.

Artist website


Presented by the Performing Arts Center with support provided by the UAlbany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, Holiday Inn Express and the NYS DanceForce which receives funding from the NYS Council on the Arts Dance Program.


Photos this page:
Brian Brooks Moving Company (top) by David Bazemore.
KEIGWIN + COMPANY (bottom) by Matthew Murphy. Pictured is Emily Schoen.