Student Production announces spring 2002 theatre season


February 6, 2002

WHAT: Student Production in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents its spring 2002 season.

Student Production is a student-driven organization within the department of theatre that is dedicated to bringing student work to life on stage. Download Full Image

  • “Hidden in This Picture,” by Aaron Sorkin, directed by ASU student Justin Dero. Feb. 10-12, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
  • “True West,” by Sam Shepard, directed by ASU student Michael Saar. Feb. 24-26, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Endless Deep and Closer Still,” written by ASU student AJ Morales and directed by ASU student Julie Thwaites, April 14-16, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
  • “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus,” April 28-30, by Christopher Marlowe, directed by ASU student Amanda Kochert.


WHERE (all shows): The Student Laboratory Theatre at the Prism, 851 E. Tyler St., in the Ritter Building on the ASU campus (northwest corner of Terrace and Rural, just south of University Drive).

TICKETS: $3; available at the door only.

INFORMATION, TICKETS: 480-727-7877.

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

American College Dance Festival comes to Tempe


February 4, 2002

WHAT: The Department of Dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU hosts the Southwest Region American College Dance Festival (ACDF). More than 500 out-of-town university dance students and faculty will convene on the Tempe campus for the four-day festival, which includes master classes, concerts and panel discussions. In addition, a panel of three internationally renowned guest artists will adjudicate 57 dance works presented by the participants.

The public will then have a rare opportunity to see, in one concert, some of the best choreography that is being created in the country by a diverse group of innovative choreographers and dance teachers. ACDF Dancers Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Download Full Image

This gala dance performance that is open to the public will culminate the festival. Of the 57 dance pieces to be presented in the festival, judges will select the best eight to 10 works; these pieces will then be presented in the ACDF Gala Performance.

Of those pieces performed at the gala, a choice number of pieces will then be selected to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in May 2002, as part of the National ACDF.

WHEN: The ACDF Gala Performance is March 16, 2002, at 2 p.m. The festival runs March 13-16, 2002. 
WHERE: Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.
TICKETS: $14 general admission; $5 students.
INFORMATION, TICKETS: 480-965-6447.

About the festival

The Department of Dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University last hosted the American College Dance Festival in 1992. Ten years later, it is one of the largest of nine regional festivals. The department expects more than 500 dance students and faculty from all over the nation.

This is an important opportunity that dancers don’t often get – to spend four intense days teaching, taking a diversity of movement classes and getting vital feedback from established professionals.

The festival boasts three highly respected guest artists: Lynn Simonson, Ralph Lemon and Kim Epifano. This prestigious panel will adjudicate the work and then choose a select number of pieces that will comprise the Saturday night ACDF Gala Performance.

In addition, Margaret Gisolo, the founding chair of the department of dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, will be honored during the festival.

The department of dance is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher Now magazine. Its graduate program is ranked 5th and its undergraduate program is ranked 9th. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the “most highly recommended programs” in the country.

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

Bursting with creativity, “New Danceworks II” opens in Tempe


February 2, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College department of dance at ASU presents "New Danceworks II," a modern dance concert comprised of five pieces.
WHEN: Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2002, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2002, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Dance Theatre, PE East 132, 551 E. Orange St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.
TICKETS: $14 adults, $12 seniors, faculty and staff; $5 students.
INFORMATION, CALL: 480-965-6447.

Three of the Valley's best and brightest dance artists will have their most striking works presented in "New Danceworks II." This modern dance concert showcases the choreographic talents of three masters of fine arts (MFA) graduate students in this, their thesis performance. These outstanding dancers demonstrate years of commitment and discipline with pieces bursting with creativity. Download Full Image

MFA graduate student Heidi Shikles has taken her love of photography and movement and developed a work entitled, "Perspective," which explores the connections between video and live performance. Shikles is the piece's choreographer, videographer and editor.

"I have chosen to create three environments where video and live performance can intersect, and examine issues of intimacy, bonds that are stronger than physical attraction, and community," Shikles says. "Perspective" is performed in three sections and set on seven dancers.

Deirdre Egan choreographed two pieces in the show: "Ascend the Twisted Tree in a Field of Stars," set on six dancers, and "Flights of Fancy," set on five dancers.

"Ascend the Twisted Tree in a Field of Stars" is a dance theatre piece that combines poetry, video and dance and celebrates the magic of the ordinary.

Egan explains, "During the dance, slow, enigmatic projections are animated to move across the cyclorama and projected on screens that dancers hold, thus bringing the video into greater relationship with the dance. Tap lights are used to magical effect."

Her piece "Flights of Fancy" has two sections: 'The Adventures of Halloreena and Cheesy Boy,' a virtual duet in which one dancer appears only on projected video. 'Nostalgia in the Air (After Fellini)' is inspired by the fantastic images in Fellini films and uses video and dance to relate the story of a shared journey.

Molly Terbovich has choreographed a solo for herself entitled, "Moira." Terbovich created all aspects of the production - choreography, lighting and costume design - herself, and her inspiration came from the theory of synchronicity.

"Synchronicity is the concept of recognizing coincidental happenings in one's life," Terbovich says. "The solo focuses on the decision whether or not to take the coincidences seriously. Through my research, the occurrence of coincidences in my life has become more evident - and the solo reflects that."

In addition, the concert contains a new work choreographed by faculty member Melissa Rolnick, entitled "Gibberish," and set on Terbovich and Shikles.

The Department of Dance is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher Now magazine. Its graduate program is ranked 5th and its undergraduate program is ranked 9th. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the "most highly recommended programs" in the country.

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

Student Production goes Hollywood with Hidden in this Picture


January 29, 2002

WHAT: Student Production in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents Hidden in this Picture, a side-splitting romp written by award-winning playwright Aaron Sorkin and directed by student Justin Dero. The program will also include a series of short dance pieces by students in the college’s department of dance.

Student Production is a student-driven organization within the department of theatre that is dedicated to bringing student work to life on stage. Download Full Image

WHEN: Feb. 10-12, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Student Laboratory Theatre at the Prism, 851 E. Tyler St., in the Ritter Building on the ASU campus (northwest corner of Terrace and Rural, just south of University Drive).

TICKETS: $3; available at the door only.

INFORMATION, TICKETS: 480-727-7877.

Best known as the executive producer and writer of the hit television series The West Wing, playwright Aaron Sorkin’s prolific career has touched on numerous political and social themes. For the play Hidden in this Picture, Sorkin sets his sights on Hollywood as he tells the story of a writer-director team on the brink of either extreme success or extreme ruin.

Their movie, which includes a cast of hundreds and an elaborate sunset, is over budget. They have one last shot to make it work. With the producers breathing down their necks, they watch as the sum total of their creative work is derailed by Murphy’s Law.

Sorkin is a relative stranger to failure in the movie business; he has written over a half-dozen screenplays, including such hits as Bulworth, The American President and A Few Good Men.

Hidden in this Picture simultaneously gives a realistic and endearing picture of the filmmaking process, and ultimately delves into what it really means to be personally satisfied with one’s art.

Student director Justin Dero selected the play for exactly that reason. “We can all appreciate the panic that strikes when something you care about goes horribly wrong,” Dero says. “There is something of all of us in this play.”

Dero also has a background in choreography. He auditioned students from the department of dance to come up with pieces that would complement his opus to artistic triumphs and failures. These dance works will be presented both before and after performances ofHidden in this Picture.

Hidden in this Picture opens what promises to be an exciting and full season for Student Production, touting such big names as Sam Shepard and Christopher Marlowe. Shepard’s True West is slated for February 24-26, 2002, directed by graduate student Michael Saar. This will be followed in April by the student-written Endless Deep and Closer Still on Feb. 14-16, 2002, and Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus on Feb. 28-30, 2002. 

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

V-Day is coming!


January 22, 2002

WHAT: ASU presents Eve Ensler’s acclaimed play “The Vagina Monologues,” as part of V-Day 2002: The College Campaign.
WHEN: Sat., Feb. 23, 2002, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
WHERE: Neeb Hall, on the ASU campus in Tempe. 
TICKETS: Advance tickets are $13 for students and $16 for adults; day-of-show tickets are $16 for students and $19 for adults.
INFORMATION, TICKETS: 480-965-6447.

For the fourth straight year, Arizona State University brings the national phenomenon, Eve Ensler's acclaimed play "The Vagina Monologues," to the Valley, as part of V-Day 2002: The College Campaign. A diverse cast of over 50 ASU students will perform this Obie Award-winning production. Download Full Image

The V-Day College Campaign invites colleges and universities around the world to mount benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” on their campuses on or around Valentine’s Day to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women.

All proceeds from the ASU performance will go to three Phoenix-area shelters for abused and battered women and their children: CASA (Center Against Sexual Abuse), My Sister’s Place and De Colores.

ASU joins over 550 other colleges and universities in staging performances of Ensler’s play. Performances are being staged all over the United States and in Australia, Canada, England, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Scotland.

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by The Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” the play dives into the mystery, humor, pain, wisdom, power, outrage and excitement buried in woman’s experiences. The play consists of 21 monologues based on Ensler’s interviews with hundreds of women.

The first V-Day was held in 1998 in an off-Broadway theatre in New York, and Ensler’s play was performed by some of the country’s biggest stars: Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Rosie Perez, Kathy Najimy and Calista Flockhart.

The courtyards around the venue will open two hours prior to show time and feature original artwork and live music, as well as information tables and silent witnesses. The production is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, the Student Health Center, the ASU Inter-group Relations Center and the Herberger College of Fine Arts.

About ASU’s Director

Meredith Pieratt is the director of the ASU production. Pieratt, 20, is a third-year theatre major who hails from San Diego, California. She performed in last year’s production and was incredibly moved by the experience.

“This is empowering,” Pieratt says. “Last year an audience member approached me after the performance. Crying, she said, “Thank you, this show has changed my life.” I knew right then that my life had been changed as well.

“V-Day gives people hope to know that they are not alone. There are so many of us who want to work toward stopping violence against women. Women and girls need to stop hurting and being afraid.”

PLEASE NOTE: This performance contains material that may be objectionable to children and some adults.

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

You know what they say about guys with big noses!


January 14, 2002

TEMPE, ARIZ. —Swordfighter extraordinaire, poet and philosopher known throughout Paris as a one-man crusade for truth and beauty—that’s Cyrano de Bergerac. His outrageous courage is surpassed only by his outrageous proboscis—or as some would say his GIGANTIC nose! Cyrano, the classic tale of the ultimate love triangle, will come alive on stage at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse (ASU Campus) Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002. This is a first-time collaboration between the Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre and Childsplay, Inc.

This new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano is written by Barry Kornhauser and is especially suited for young audiences (over 11 years of age). Directed by Childsplay’s David Saar, this production features an all-star cast with Jere Luisi as Cyrano; Debra K. Stevens as the object of his desire, Roxanne; and ASU student Kyle Sorrell as the handsome Christian. The play’s exceptional cast dons the fabulous costume creations of ASU’s Connie Furr-Solomon and performs in the wonderful Baroque literary world as designed by Robert Klinglehoefer. Jere Luisi plays Cyrano de Bergerac -- swordfighter extraordinaire, poet and philosopher -- in Cyrano. Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Download Full Image

This production will be sure to leave all audiences pleased as gracious humor, warm passion and romantic love are all told in one of the Valley’s most fabulous theatre experiences this year!Cyrano runs Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002, at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse in Tempe. The Paul V. Galvin Playhouse is located on the ASU Campus at 51 E. 10th St. For tickets or information please call 480.965.6447.

Cyrano: Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002
Adaptation by Barry Kornhauser
From the play by Edmond Rostand
Directed by David Saar

Tickets: $5-14. Box Office: 480.965.6447

Featuring: Jere Luisi, Debra K. Stevens, Kyle Sorrell, Jonothon Howard, Dwayne Hartford, Morten Seymore, Carlo Nakar, Matt Jacobs, Joseph Benesh, Katie McFazden, Meghan Melcher, Ariel Angel Wertler, Lisa Randolph Kindall, Kellie Taylor, John Tang, Danielle Martinez, Mark Reiss.

Shows: 
Fri., Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Pay What You Can Performance (Donation Suggested, Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis, at the box office 45 minutes before curtain): Sun., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performances: Sun., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

David Saar (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Childsplay. He has directed and taught for Childsplay since the company was formed in 1977. Directing credits include (Childsplay): Pero, or the Mystery of the Night, Time Again In Oz, The King of Ireland’s Son, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Highest Heaven, Lincoln’s Log, Still Life with Iris, Charlotte’s Web, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, and The Secret Garden.

Jere Luisi (Cyrano) Acting credits: New Kid, Salt & Pepper, Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays, Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph, Still Life With Iris and Charlotte’s Web. Directing credits: The Owl and the Pussycat for Childsplay.

Debra K. Stevens (Roxanne) Acting credits: Still Life With Iris, Charlotte’s Web, The Yellow Boat, The Miracle Worker, The Highest Heaven, The Belle of Amherst and The Secret Garden. (Actors Theatre of Phoenix) The Archbishop’s Ceiling, (In Mixed Company) Quills.

Kyle Sorrell (Christian) Acting credits: Six Degrees of Separation (Phoenix Theatre), Three Sisters, This Lime Tree Bower, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (Southwest Shakespeare Co.).

Robert Klinglehoefer (Scenic Designer) Designer: (Fulton Opera House/Actor’s Company of Pennsylvania) A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Cyrano, (Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre) Mother Courage and her Children, The Cure at Troy, Oedipus and The Dance of Death, (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre) Cambodia Agoniste.

Ron Barnett (Composer) Musical Director: Blackbirds of Broadway, Tommy, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Quilters, Five Guys Named Moe, Forever Plaid, Beehive. Composer credits include: A Christmas Carol (adaptation by Barry Kornhauser), which premiered last year at the Fulton Opera House, The Shiniest Rock of All (adapted by Jere Hodgin from Virginia author Nancy Ruth Patterson’s book) and numerous incidental scores, including The Glass Menagerie, The Tempest and Much Ado about Nothing. Sound Design credits include: All Under Heaven, starring Valerie Harper as Pearl S. Buck, which played off-Broadway in 1998, Frank Higgins’ Miracles, and William Luce’s Zelda: The Last Flapper, which has played in Romania and Hungary as part of an ACTIV-5 international theatre festival.

Barry Kornhauser (Playwright) is the Playwright-In-Residence and Theatre for Young Audiences Director of the Actors' Company of Pennsylvania. He has authored dramas that have been produced worldwide, including This Is Not A Pipedream, honored with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education's (AATE) "Distinguished Play Award;” World’s Apart, written under a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Fellowship, and winner of the IUPUI/IRT/Bonderman National Playwriting Award; the newly published (by Dramatic Publishing) Cyrano; Inner Grace and Better Angels; both AATE award-winners; The Gilgamesh Treatment for the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts; Honey and Sting for Imagination Stage; and most recently, a new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol with composer Ron Barnett. Barry was also the author and director of a four-year statewide HIV/AIDS prevention play, All It Takes...developed under a major grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a project awarded the “Best Practices” honor of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education. 

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

Dance department introduces the next generation of dance artists in a bold new concert


January 11, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College Department of Dance at ASU presents “Emerging Artists: Stop Standing Still,” a modern dance concert that highlights the creative work of graduating seniors.
WHEN: Feb. 7-9, 14-16, 2002, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 10 & Feb. 17, 2002, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Dance Theatre, PE East 132, 551 E. Orange St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.
TICKETS: $14 adults; $12 seniors, faculty and staff; $5 students.
CALL: 480-965-6447.

Fourteen innovative choreographers, 14 dynamic dance works, a myriad of today’s hottest young dance artists – our emerging artists arrive. Download Full Image

The Department of Dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University presents the creative work of graduating seniors in “Emerging Artists: Stop Standing Still,” a distinctive contemporary dance performance. The concert showcases the choreographic and performance talents of ASU dance students in this bold and enchanting evening of dance. Refreshingly honest as well as inventive, “Emerging Artists: Stop Standing Still” promises to delight in new and unusual ways.

Please note: Not all pieces that are presented are being performed at each show. Concert I is composed of eight pieces and runs Feb. 7-10; Concert II is composed of eight pieces as well, and runs Feb. 15-18.
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Sometimes striking, sometimes playful – but always evocative – the choreography for this evening of dance is as follows:

(Concert I)

  • “A Clone of Mine Own,” choreographed by Jennifer Currie and set on eight dancers;
  • “Relentless Hindrance,” choreographed by Michelle Linder and set on three dancers; 
  • “Wings,” a trio choreographed by Cliff Keuter;
  • “Apology Free,” a trio choreographed by Kristen Workman;
  • “Morango…Almost a Tango,” a solo choreographed by Mary Fitzgerald; 
  • “Snackshots,” choreographed by Rayn Hookala and set on 27 dancers;
  • An untitled work choreographed by Stacie Williams and set on five dancers; and
  • “Stop Standing Still,” choreographed by Kelly Kemp and set on 12 dancers. These 12 dancers are all of the graduating seniors performing in both concerts.


(Concert II):

  • “Wandering,” choreographed by Jennifer Tsukayama and set on Brandi Maples;
  • “Dissolving Iniquity,” choreographed by Richele Henry and set on eight dancers;
  • “Wings,” a trio choreographed by Cliff Keuter;
  • “Creatures of Light and Darkness,” choreographed by Jared Cardon and set on 11 dancers;
  • “in Limbo,” choreographed by Kelly Kemp and set on Jill Landon;
  • “A Way of Life,” choreographed by Amanda Peters and set on eight dancers;
  • An untitled work choreographed by Kimberly Graber and set on four dancers; and 
  • “Stop Standing Still,” choreographed by Kelly Kemp and set on 12 dancers. These 12 dancers are all of the graduating seniors performing in both concerts.

The Department of Dance is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher Now magazine. Its graduate program is ranked 5th and its undergraduate program is ranked 9th. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the “most highly recommended programs” in the country. 

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

Children’s dance, creative drama classes offered at ASU


January 10, 2002

WHAT: The departments of Theatre and Dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU invite children to explore the creative world of the performing arts, through a series of Saturday morning classes specifically designed for children ages 5-11.

The Department of Theatre’s program for young people, dubbed “Imagination Corporation,” has been in existence for 23 years. For a sixth year, the Department of Dance is offering the “Discover Dance” program as well. Download Full Image

WHEN: The one-hour classes begin Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, and meet for six successive weekends through March 9, 2002.

For Imagination Corporation, children ages 8-11 meet 9 to 10 a.m.; ages 5-7 meet 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. For Discover Dance, children ages 5-7 meet 9 to 10 a.m.; ages 8-11 meet 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

HOW MUCH: Tuition for the six-class series is $40 for each child in either dance or drama. If a child registers for both drama and dance courses, the total tuition is only $75 for 12 sessions. Classes will be held in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on the ASU campus.

CALL: ASU instructors supervise Imagination Corporation and Discover Dance. For registration information on Imagination Corporation, contact Pam Sterling at (480) 727-6114; for Discover Dance, contact Kathy Lindholm Lane at (480) 965-0412.

Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu

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