2013-14 Prime Performances

Each year, the staff of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center selects performances to augment and complement the offeringsof the Departments of Music and Theatre. Often, these professoinal 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.

Carolee Carmello as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!
An Evening with Carolee Carmello

Tuesday, September 24 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

A UAlbany alum, this Capital Region native is a three time Tony nominee for her roles in Lestat, Parade and, most recently, Scandalous.  She returns home for a luscious evening of standards and songs from her award-winning Broadway career. Described by Variety as “one of those force of nature performers,” “Carmello possesses a rich, dramatic voice” [Associated Press] and “gives her heart and soul to every song she sings.” [The New York Times]

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center



graphic for White Rabbit, Red RabbitWhite Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Wednesday, October 2 through
Saturday, October 5 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

29 years old and forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distills the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play about contemporary Iran and those born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. He turns his isolation to his advantage with a play that requires no director, no set, no rehearsal and a different actor for each performance.  Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and since performed around the world, this experimental work is a “thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” [The Guardian]

cast of actors performing White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Production website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center
in conjunction with the NYS Writers InstituteSupport provided by the Office of International Education, UAlbany Foundation and the Diversity Transformation Fund, administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Photo of Carolee Carmello as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Broadway at the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre. Photo © Joan Marcus 2006.


Othello
Thursday, November 7 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 

logo for American Shakespeare CenterIn this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge. The radiant language of love transforms into delirious ravings as his characters descend into jealousy, fear and rage. American Shakespeare Center’s production is presented in classic Shakespearian style with actors playing multiple roles and surrounded by audience on three sides.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by the UAlbany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services.



Frank GlazerFrank Glazer
Thursday, November 14 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 

Having seemingly found the fountain of youth, this revered pianist at 98 years of age is still conducting a heavy concert schedule as artist-in-residence at Bates College and throughout the United States.  A former long-time professor at the Eastman School of Music, he will perform a program of Haydn, Beethoven, Barber and Liszt as part of his current tour which includes concerts in Michigan and North Carolina.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with Bates College.  Support provided by the UAlbany Foundation.


Photo of Frank Glazer by Phyllis Graber Jensen, Bates College

 

Gesel Mason in Gesel Mason
No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

Saturday, February 8 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 

Celebrating the depth and diversity of style and vision in the field of modern dance, these original and historical solo works represent almost seven decades of choreographic vision by, for and about African-Americans.  Rennie Harris, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller and Jawole Jo Willa Zoller’s dances are featured along with commissioned works by Mason herself in this “ambitious, riveting and impressively executed program” [Washington Post] which is seamlessly interspersed with taped interviews of the choreographers discussing their creative process, cultural influences and perspectives on Black Dance.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in coordination with the Department of Theatre & Dance at SUNY Potsdam and the NYS DanceForce which receives funding from the NYS Council on the Arts Dance Program. 



cover of Black Boy bookBlack Boy
Wednesday, February 12 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

American Place Theatre makes its triumphant tenth return to UAlbany with a verbatim adaptation of the first half of the classic American autobiographical work. Premiered in 2005 at the Kennedy Center,  the show dramatizes Richard Wright's journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. Tarantino Smith plays upwards of fifteen characters from this epic novel whose issues still resonate in today's cultural dialogue.
Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers InstituteSupport provided by the Diversity Transformation Fund, administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Gesel Mason photo by Enoch Chan

Everywoman
WAM TheatreThursday, April 3 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

Should a woman’s life stop just because she’s giving birth? Time and space collide in WAM Theatre’s staged reading of Carolyn Yalkut’s one-act play that debates global as well as personal catastrophe in women’s lives everywhere. The classic quandary of being a woman is explored in this light-hearted, innovative and poignant tragicomedy that reaches across generations.  Based in the Berkshires, WAM creates professional theatre for everyone with a focus on women artists and/or stories of women and girls.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Department of TheatreSupport provided by the Diversity Transformation Fund, administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

An Interplay of Physics and Dance

Tuesday, April 22 at 2:45pm
Free admission

For an entire semester, Professor Keith Earle of the Physics Department and choreographer Ellen Sinopoli focus on a communion of the arts and sciences studying side by side the principles of physics and modern dance. Together, they collaborate to create a work that is equally scientific and artistic and can be used as a teaching tool as well as a means for creative expression.  In this lecture/demonstration, they show and tell about their experience.

ChoreoPhysics: Seeing the Science, Envisioning the Invisible
Friday, April 25 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 

Traversing the intersection of scholarship and the arts, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company premieres a new work inspired by physics principles and created in collaboration with physicist Keith Earle.  Also on the program are several of the company’s acclaimed repertory works which inherently illuminate scientific principles and have been selected and studied by Professor Earle and his students.  “Not only can the modern dance troupe promise thought-provoking and viscerally quickening dance, but art that spills voluptuously beyond the constraints of the medium.” [Daily Gazette]

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center with support provided by the UAlbany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services. These events are part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter- Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Photos this page:Suzi Banks Baum & Dana Harrison of WAM Theatre, photo by Enrico Spada
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, photo by Gary Gold