Friday, July 11, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ACTING OUT: WORDS THAT CONNECT
March 29th – July 13th, 2014
A series of performances of original works written or composed with the art in mind. The final set of performances is on July 12th and 13th with plays by Coni Koepfinger and Bob Zaslow.
FINAL SHOWS: FRIDAY JULY 11TH, 8 – 10PM AND SUNDAY JULY13TH, 5 – 7PM The following works will be performed both evenings
Coni Koepfinger | “Turbulance” aka “Ups and Downs”| Directed by Mara Mills
This is the story of an emotional, bipolar artist who is stuck on a metaphoric elevator that never allows her to access the placid reality of linear time. Sophia, surrounded by her work, speaks to a metal sculpture as if it were her unresponsive spouse and her equally unresponsive therapist. Through her, we explore the emotional ups and downs that artists go through when they feel they are not being heard – or seen. The play, inspired by Thomas Zipp’s work, which juxtaposes a figurative sculpture with a painting of rigid lines and repeated patterns defines how Sophie sees the world…as a constrictively designed structure she must somehow, someway fit herself into or escape from.
Through her own art, she is able make a slight alteration and she starts to see new patterns that somehow allow her to loosely fit into the world around her and to create. The play takes on the subject of the relationship between the creation of art and the artist – sanity and creativity.
CONI KOEPFINGER is a prolific playwright and librettist. From The Indie Theatre Companion: “Her work has been mounted in Pittsburgh, New York, and London, as well as many small community and educational organizations around the country. Besides contemporary legit theatre, Coni also is known for her extensive work in children’s theater, her most notable children’s work being Jack, and the Talk Back Beanstalk, a delightful message musical for kids from preschool to preteen. Coni has also taught theatre arts at Carnegie Mellon University and other art centers, believing that creative energy is never lost, it just changes hands, and hearts, and minds.”
Bob Zaslow | Flights of Fancy Schmancy | Directed by Mara Mills
Flights of Fancy Schmancy is a send up of performance art complete with music. Presenting Me 1 and Me 2, two artists who say they leave their art up to you, and yet Me 1 and Me 2 struggle not only about the meaning of art, but who really defines that meaning. Fancy Schmancy explores the making of performance art, the merging of self with art and with the other. It an exploration of twinness that Dr. Suess would applaud. Zaslow’s performance will occur in front of Jeffrey Schrier’s installation Unfinished Flight.
BOB ZASLOW is a published and produced Playwright and Author. His most recent play, The Seed of Abraham, was performed Off-Broadway at the Bleecker Street Theatre and received raves from the audience every night. Zaslow is also the creator of Rap Notes: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, a short summary – in rhyme – of Shakespeare’s five most popular plays. In addition, Zaslow created the documentary film, Nadine Valenti, Portrait of a Painter, which has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a Bronze winner at the American Film Festival. Zaslow was also an advertising copywriter at Grey Advertising in New York for fifteen years, where he worked on everything from Prestone Antifreeze to Sprint Business to Maalox.
Event Location and Ticket Information
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- $22 members & seniors, $25 non-members
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
Presenter Website: www.hvcca.org