Advanced film screenings May 13

Advanced film students will show their work May 13 at Willard Straight Theatre. The screening is at 7:15 p.m. and tickets are $4 students/$7 general.
Rivchin’s advanced class tackled complex projects in high definition, producing four original narrative pieces, two music videos and one documentary piece.
In “Scripted” by Caitlin Cowie and Linda Barsi, a dust-sweeping would-be-playwright-by-night and a director’s assistant search together for characters whose fictional lives end up overtaking their own. In Oliver Dudman’s music videos (“Expectations,” music by Brian Han and “Spacewalk,” music by Starkey), interpersonal bonds and internal forces of gravity in human connections are explored using a combination of live action and animation techniques.
In “Zoo,” written and directed by J.T. Keller and Joe Rettberg, a young man and his best friend plan a trip to the zoo as a birthday outing, in an attempt to relive a moment from their past. In her non-fiction work, “From Burma to Ithaca,” Yi-Ke Peng takes an inside look at the resettlement of Karen refugees in Ithaca and the community whose support made their transitions possible. In “The Squint Painter,” by Rajendran Narayanan and Mario Rodriguez, a portrait of a young man as an artist is realized; while Rodriguez’s short narrative, “Unforgettable,” gives us a startling moment of clarity.

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May events wrap up semester at TFD

Lots happening this week as the semester comes to an end!

Locally-Grown Dance Mini-Fest runs May 5,7 and 8. Student film screenings are May 8 and 13 at Willard Straight Theatre. S/he runs from May 4-15 at the Kitchen Theatre. Find more details at http://www.theatrefilmdance.cornell.edu.

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Learned Ladies starts this week!

The Schwartz Center is proud to present Those Learned Ladies, a work by Molière, from April 27 – 30.

This classic French comedy pokes fun at preciosity and pretension, mocking pedantry and skewering those who consider themselves to be “learned.” The setting of the play is the literary salon of Philaminte, a formidable woman and self-described intellectual. Her salon is populated by the various performers, artists and scholars of her extended family.

Drawing inspiration from the performance salons of the 1960s, this production will combine improvisation with spoken word art, including spontaneous musical and poetic happenings.

During performances, 20 audience members will be able to sit on the stage near the performance, in special limited on-stage seating (which will include free popcorn).

Evening performances of Those Learned Ladies will be at 7:30 p.m. April 27 – 30. One matinee will be offered at 2 p.m. April 30. For tickets and information, visit the box office in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Ave., between 12:30-4 p.m. weekdays; call 607-254-ARTS; or purchase tickets online at http://www.schwartztickets.com. Tickets for Those Learned Ladies are $10 (students/seniors) and $12 (general). If interested in on-stage seating, please mention your preference when ordering tickets.

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Auditions next week!

Auditions coming up! April 20 and 21 for The Cherry Orchard and I’m a Frayed Knot — two of our Fall 2011 productions. See information in the Greenroom of the Schwartz, Room 124!

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Enroll in a TFD class!

Enrollment for Fall 2011 is now open — check out the new Theatre, Film and Dance offerings at www.theatrefilmdance.cornell.edu.

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Troubles come from ‘Far Away’

The Schwartz Center will present Far Away, a work by famed British playwright, Caryl Churchill, April 15-17.

The play takes place in a world of fear, in a nation at a constant state of war. The play finds its focus in this dystopia with Joan, a young woman who takes a job as a hatter. The hats she makes are worn by prisoners of the government, as they are sent on parade to their death. She and her co-worker, Todd, become aware of the corruption that surrounds them, and their inability to change it. Far Away is a political work about paranoia, propaganda, and the fear a government imposes in its citizens.

Far Away is the fourth show in the Schwartz Center’s Black Box series, which allows students to mount smaller productions independently, taking the roles of actors, directors, designers and technicians.

The play will be directed by Lindsay Cummings, a Theatre Arts graduate student. The Far Away cast is comprised entirely of students, including Nathalie Berman (Joan); Alex Symes (Todd); Leyla Hadi (Harper) and Julie Mante; Shannon Daniels, Brennica Marlow, Hyunah Oh, Chris Adams and Regina Russell (prisoners/extras).

Evening performances of Far Away are at 7 p.m. April 16-17. One matinee will be offered at 4:30 p.m. April 15. For tickets and information, visit the Box Office in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Avenue, between 12:30-4:00 PM weekdays; call 607-254-ARTS; or purchase online at http://www.schwartztickets.com. Tickets for Far Away are $2.

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Complex[shun]s tackles race on campus

Complex[shun]s, a play featuring conversations about race, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the Flex Theatre at the Schwartz Center. The play is the culmination of a semester of work from Cornell students, who have been conducting interviews across the campus about race.
For more information, email Sarah K. Chalmers, the director, at skc25@cornell.edu.

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