PERFORMANCES, MASTER CLASSES, LECTURE/DEMONSTRATIONS AND SYMPOSIUM
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
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 and October 10 at .Tickets
are $10 general admission.For reservations call:330-867-3299.
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 ; October 10 at ; October 14 at .Tickets are $10 general admission.For reservations call:330-867-3299.
The rest of
NWPL’s residency schedule follows:
October 6 at 5:30 in
the Daum Theatre
World Performance Laboratory:15 Years of Work
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.
October 7 at 7 in
the Daum Theatre
Who is Jean
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 in the Daum Theatre
Grotowski:An Attempt at a Portrait
and Jairo Cuesta will introduce a documentary film recently produced by Polish and French television about their mentor Jerzy
Symposium:Saturday, October 9,
of Technique—Actor Training in Northeast Ohio
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.
for UA students will take place on Friday October 8 and October 15 from until in Daum Theatre.
calendars for what promises to be two full weeks of world-class alternative theatre in Akron!