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Town Hall Theatre “Generations” Season 2017-2018 closes with Kate Hamill’s rollicking new adaptation of SENSE & SENSIBILITY, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. SENSE & SENSIBILITY will have 12 performances, including two previews, May 31 through June 23, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com. THT will host three Special Events for SENSE & SENSIBILITY: Opening Night gala with a Regency Ball theme, on Saturday, June 2, 2018; LIT UP at Town Hall, a literary salon, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018; and Theatre Club, our post-show talk-backs with complimentary wine, on Friday, June 8, and Friday, June 22, 2018. We welcome audiences to enjoy THT’s full bar and entertainment in our lobby one hour before performances. THT’s production of SENSE & SENSIBILITY is directed by THT’s Artistic Director Susan E. Evans. In an extra twist of casting, SENSE & SENSIBILITY features Heather Buck and Alisha Ehrlich alternating each week of the run in the roles of the two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and a talented ensemble of Bay Area performers playing the bevy of other characters in Hamill’s high energy version of Austen’s saga: Megan Briggs, Alan Coyne, Michael Craigen, Nathan Emley, Heather Kellogg, Dennis Markam, Sarah Ruby, and Ginny Wehrmeister. Called “perhaps the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history” and “an unconditional delight” by the critics, Hamill’s adaptation is full of humor and inventive theatricality, while staying remarkably faithful to the beloved classic. The play follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne – in gossipy late 18th century Regency England. As the play opens, their father’s unexpected demise leaves the family in dire financial straits; and both sisters must learn to navigate the rising societal pressures, preserve reputations and somehow find happiness and true love. “The classic Austen preoccupations with real estate, income, class, reputation and equilibrium in life are all rendered brightly and legibly here.” – The New York Times Frustrated by the paucity of good classical roles for women, playwright Kate Hamill decided she would need to write her own. Not only did she adapt Austen’s book for the stage, she also originated the role of Marianne Dashwood, the “sensibility” sister of the title. Although initially worried about offending Austen fans and scholars – and the devoted admirers called Janeites – with her irreverent take on the beloved novel, she was encouraged by her director to make it her own. Hamill says that the play is about 40% Austen and 60% Hamill, a true “collaboration” between her and the novelist. In this adaptation, actors play multiple parts, including dogs and horses and a few inanimate objects, and the action is non-stop. The idea to switch off actors in the roles of the two sisters came to director Evans during auditions. “I saw from my notes that I liked both actors in both roles; and it seemed in character with the playfulness of Hamill’s version to double-cast, and also a fun commentary on the two-sided natures of the sisters. No doubt it will keep all the actors on their toes!” Town Hall Theatre closes its 2017/18 Generations Season with SENSE & SENSIBILITY, Kate Hamill’s bouncy take on Jane Austen’s well-loved novel. We’re adding a special twist to our production: the two actors playing Elinor and Marianne will alternate weekly in the roles, one week being “sensible”, the next “sensitive”!
Category: Antique Shows 1 id: 14543
Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present 33 Works By 3 Artists, a group exhibition featuring Jasmine Little, Shaina McCoy, and Michael Swaney. The exhibition includes ceramics and works on paper by Jasmine Little, oil paintings by Shaina McCoy, and mixed media paintings by Michael Swaney. Jasmine Little presents new ceramics and works on paper, which the artist presents together to draw attention to their relationships. Little often looks to previous instances of her work for direction, using works on paper to inspire ceramic sculptures, and vice versa. There is an oscillation between figuration and abstraction, which is perhaps most evident in her ceramic works, where certain clearly figurative elements dissolve into textural explorations. Little is interested in a kind of material minimalism—while her work is colorful and often quite detailed, she favors an economical use of media, enjoying “the confinement of the parameters.” Shaina McCoy presents a series of new oil paintings in which she depicts interactions between family members, drawn from her own family photographs as well as from found images. Her application of paint is heavy but delicate, and a signature gesture is to leave the faces of her subjects blank. Removing the most specific identifying marks—facial features—she offers her characters as sites for a viewer to project their own memories and experiences. The human form is simplified and elevated by the omission of features; the value of the body as vehicle and host replaces the abstract relationship of personality and physicality. Michael Swaney presents a series of new mixed media paintings, in which he uses the outline of the human hand as a structure to host a variety of strange forms and figures. Each finger becomes at least one character and sometimes many, often with its own distinct style and materials. There is some reference to the Thanksgiving tradition of children creating turkeys from the outline of their hands, but Swaney’s treatment of the structure brings it closer to its limits while maintaining the form’s playfulness.
Category: Antique Shows 1 id: 14558
Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present 13 Works, an exhibition of new charcoal drawings and bronze sculptures by Cameron Platter (b. 1978, Johannesburg, South Africa). 13 Works is Platter’s second solo exhibition with Ever Gold [Projects]. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Waste time feeling sorry for yourself Give away your power Fear change Focus on things you can’t control Worry about pleasing everyone Don’t take calculated risks Dwell on the past Make the same mistakes over and over Resent other people’s success Give up after the first failure Fear alone time The world owes you Expect immediate results Cameron Platter was born in 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2001. Recent exhibitions include Teen Non_Fiction at 1301PE, Los Angeles (2018); Salami at GNYP Gallery, Berlin (2018); SCREAMING HALLELUJAH at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco (2017); U-SAVED-ME at Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (2016); 2015 Artist in Residence at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA); Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2014); Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); De Leur Temps at Musee des Beaux-arts de Nantes (2013); Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now at MoMA, New York (2011); Les Rencontres Internationales at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014) and The Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris (2010); Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; Coca-Colonized at Marte Museum, El Salvador (2010); and Absent Heroes at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010). His work is present in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York; The FRAC Pays de la Loire, France; the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; The Margulies Collection, Miami; The Zeitz Collection; and The New Church Collection, Cape Town. His work has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, SFAQ, The BBC, Utflukt, Art South Africa, Protocollum, and Artforum. He lives and works in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. 13 Works will take place in Suite 211 of the Minnesota Street Project—just upstairs from Ever Gold [Projects]’s main location in Suite 105.
Category: Antique Shows 1 id: 14565
Two shows: 11am and 1pm. Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep both kids and adults alike mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement. “Greatest bubble show on Earth.” –SFGate.com “It’s a fantastic show. Louis Pearl playfully forms bubbles beyond imagination, and engages the audience with his easygoing non-verbal slapstick.” “Louis Pearl — a.k.a. The Amazing Bubble Man — truly deserves his title. Most of the show is accompanied by gasps and awes…and that’s just the adults. Kids can be heard giggling with excitement.” “This show captivated its young audience and the adults loved it as well. Highly recommended.” –British Theater Guide
Category: Antique Shows 1 id: 14551