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New World Performance Laboratory

UAkron Residency 2004
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October 4-October 16, 2004


AKRON, OH –The University of Akron’s Theatre Program will once again host the New World Performance Laboratory, Northeast Ohio’s own world-class alternative theatre company, from October 4 through October 16, 2004. NWPL will premiere two performances at UA as well as conduct master classes for University students, present several lecture/demonstrations, and organize a symposium for area theatre artists.  For information on all events contact the Theatre Program at 330-972-7890 or call NWPL at 330-867-3299.


New World Performance Lab presents Deathwatch by Jean Genet, one of the 20th century’s most controversial and important playwrights.  NWPL’s production is directed by UA Theatre Professor and NWPL artistic director, James Slowiak and features Jairo Cuesta, a Colombian actor and co-director of the company, as well as NWPL apprentices Chris Buck and Justin Hale.  Deathwatch is Genet's first play, rewritten shortly before his death in 1986.  It tells the story of three prisoners locked in a sacrificial rite of passage from division to wholeness.  The play promises to be an intimate and intense experience that demonstrates the company's unique physical acting style, which has won them acclaim on four continents.  Performances are in the Daum Theatre on UA’s campus and seating will be limited.  Performance dates and times are: October 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm and October 10 at 7pm.  Tickets are $10 general admission.  For reservations call:  330-867-3299.


In repertory with Deathwatch will be Stairway to Paradise, A Cabaret Soul Journey, featuring NWPL apprentice Megan Elk singing from the songbooks of Arlen, Berlin, Gershwin and Weil. Megan weaves story and song in a way that links the sacred to the profane, the soul to the body, the Jewish experience to American popular song.  Stairway to Paradise is a musical journey backward, inward, and finally forward.  With percussionist Ronald Martin and directed by James Slowiak.  Performances are in the Daum Theatre on UA’s campus and seating will be limited.  Performance dates and times are:  October 9, 16 at 10:30pm; October 10 at 2pm; October 14 at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 general admission.  For reservations call:  330-867-3299.


The rest of NWPL’s residency schedule follows:


Lecture/Demonstration, October 6 at 5:30pm in the Daum Theatre

New World Performance Laboratory:  15 Years of Work and Research


James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta, co-artistic directors of NWPL, will present a slide show and discuss the company’s work and research over the past fifteen years.  UA students will be on hand to discuss their experience this past summer participating in NWPL workshops in Italy and France.


Pre-Show Panel, October 7 at 7pm in the Daum Theatre

Who is Jean Genet?

Director James Slowiak will be joined by UA scholars Thomas Dukes and Jeanne-Helene Roy to introduce audience members to Jean Genet and his importance as a contemporary playwright.


Video/Lecture:  October 13 at 7pm in the Daum Theatre

Grotowski:  An Attempt at a Portrait

James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta will introduce a documentary film recently produced by Polish and French television about their mentor Jerzy Grotowski.


Symposium:  Saturday, October 9, 8:30am-5pm

The Transmission of Technique—Actor Training in Northeast Ohio

Sandefur Theatre

Teachers and trainers from across Northeast Ohio will gather at The University of Akron to discuss their various training techniques and the state of acting in Northeast Ohio.  Open to the public.  Free of charge.


Master classes for UA students will take place on Friday October 8 and October 15 from 2pm until 5pm in Daum Theatre. 


Mark your calendars for what promises to be two full weeks of world-class alternative theatre in Akron!