Black Student Union & Theatreworks Presents
JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE
November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 8 o'clock p.m. Sorenson Theater - Babson College, Wellesley, MA Everyone with a Babson or Olin ID admitted free! BE THERE FOR A GREAT EVENING OF LIVE THEATER AND MUSIC
For Directions Click Here: www.babson.edu/directions . (Non-Babson affiliated tickets: $3 (students), $6 (children) and $12 (adult) On sale in the lobby at 7:30 p.m. on performance nights. For More Information call 781-239-5682
Babson College invites everyone to celebrate a turning point for diversity and the arts at Babson College. Babson’s African-American student population is now a large, growing, and vibrant cultural presence in our community.
The Sorenson Center for the Arts and the Black Students Union have joined forces to bring to life Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, a play by theatrical genius August Wilson. Wilson (1945-2005) created a 10-play cycle illustrating African American life in the 10 decades of the 20th century. He was a Broadway success, won three Pulitzer Prizes, and many New York Theater awards. His best known plays include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Fences and Radio Golf, which is currently running on Broadway.
The cast are all members of the Black Students Union and include Setira Grizzle, Lyndon Mouton, Josh Jones, Shaina Silva, Renee Barton, Chris Joseph, Jamaal Eversley, Nailah Miller, LaShonda Cooks and Katrina Fludd. Jazmin Flete is stage managing, and Sarah English is both the co-director and acting coach. The cast is under the professional direction of Josephine D’Angelo, veteran of ten TheatreWorks productions.
This performance is suitable for all ages.
About the play….. Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences is an installment in the author's series chronicling black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife. "Gives haunting voice to the souls of the American dispossessed." N.Y. Times. "It is Wilson's epic vision, power and poetic sense that lift Joe Turner to strange and compelling heights."
Daisy Star Returns to Copake Theatre in Grace & Glorie
Good Time Stove Featured on Set
COPAKE THEATRE COMPANY
Presenting Grace & Glorie A funny, tender, heart-breaking play by Tom Ziegler Directed by Carl Ritchie Featuring Chase Crosley* & Diedre Bollinger
April 27th - May 13, 2007 Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM Sundays at 5:00 PM At the Historic Grange in Copake, NY.
Route 22 to 7A and Empire Road by the Clock Tower. Call 518 325-1234 today to reserve your seat! Or buy your tickets at Dad's Copake Diner.
Chase Crosley, star of last year’s memorable and held-over production of Driving Miss Daisy returns to the Copake Theatre Company in another emotionally charged role. Grace & Glorie by Tom Ziegler is the moving – but at time extremely humorous – story of two extremely different women who kindle a remarkable friendship at a critical time in both of their lives.
With laughter - and with tears - one learns to deal with her past as the other learns to deal with her future. Also starring is Diedre Bollinger, known to area audiences for her highly lauded portrayal of Molly Sweeney. Copake Theatre Company Artistic Director, Carl Ritchie, (who also directed Driving Miss Daisy as well as playing her son, Boolie) directs and designs the realistic, rustic cabin set for Grace & Glorie. Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz starred on Broadway in this charmer of a play set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. The volunteer hospice worker who appears with the pain medication Grace willfully left behind is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted to this rural backwater from New York. As Gloria attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous old self-described “backwoods redneck”, this sophisticated urbanite gains new perspectives on values and life's highs and lows. In it’s original production the N.Y. Times called it as "A sentimental odd couple crowd pleaser with a steady drip of easy laughs."
The N.Y. Post raved, "A lot of good humor ... artfully designed to confirm hopes.... Offers the opportunity for good, honest, grandstanding acting."
A television version was made a few years ago starring Gena Rowlands. Chase Crosley has appeared locally for StageWorks in the 1999 production of Ten By Ten and in Wit the next year as E.M. Ashford. For Barrington Stage, she toured ten schools as historical Hannah Pixley, and later was Granny in their musical comedy Trapped in the Car With Mom. For Tri-Arts at the Sharon Playhouse she was Clairee in Steel Magnolias. Her theater history includes regional theaters, Broadway and the national tour of The World of Suzie Wong as well as fifteen years of classical repertory theater. She also appeared for thirteen years in soap operas in running parts on Young Doctor Malone, The Guiding Light and Search For Tomorrow.
She has worked with Joseph Papp in Theater in Central Park and with Ellis Rabb in Antioch-Toledo Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include the Cleveland Playhouse and Theater On The Green in Wellesley Mass. She has appeared with Nancy Wickwire, Rosemary Harris, George Grizzard and Clayton Corzatte among others. Chase now makes her home in Copake Falls with her husband, Mac Simms. Diedre Bollinger is a gypsy of theatre arts, both sides of the curtain, between MA, NY, and VT. She has appeared recently several times to rave reviews as Molly in Molly Sweeney.
Other theatre credits include Jessie in 'Night, Mother, Grace in Faith Healer, Ellen in Luv, Vixen in Reindeer Monologues, Virgin Mary in Butterfingers Angel, The Devil in Don Juan in Hell, and Anna Akhmatova in the premiere production of Pasternak's Boots. Also, she has dabbled in comedy improv (TheatreSports, Wit & Will, Insert Something Funny, Uninvited Jest), murder mystery (BrickRoad Productions, Artful Antics, StageBlood), erotica reading (Polly Frost's Sex Scenes ), singing (a cappella Cabaret: 20's-60's standards, folk, gospel, Yiddish, Broadway/movie), children's theatre (The Villains in The Firebird), and puppetry (Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes).
Diedre has also worked extensively behind the scenes in design (set, prop, costume, art, graphic), as well as writing, teaching, directing, and founding Homespun Productions. CTC Artistic Director, Carl Ritchie, has acted, written and directed for the atres from Rangoon to Soho. His one-woman musicals, "Nine Months" and "Nine Months 2," (music by Stephen Woodjetts) have been per formed in several dozen theaters in Canada and the United States, including the CTC. His comedy, "Family Values," ran for four months Off-Broadway and was optioned as a television series. It has been translated into French and begins a three-month run at a 500 seat theatre in Quebec this summer.
Other writing credits include a polish on the screenplay, “The Ladies Room” starring John Malkovich and Lorraine Bracco and a whodunit farce, “Any Body Home?” - written with longtime collaborator, Elise Dewsberry - that is published by Dramatic Publishing and has played many theatres as far away as New Zealand. His musical comedy, “Bye Bye Broadway” – with music by Ben Moore – was a success for the Drayton and Lighthouse Festivals as well as the Copake Theatre Company last year as was his new work, “Sour Grapes”, with music by Charles Pelletier.
He has also acted at CTC in “Private Wars” and “”Driving Miss Daisy”. Carl is also proud to serve as a Councilman – and Police Commissioner - for the Town of Copake. Says Ritchie, “I chose the play, Grace & Glorie for the thrill of working again with the lovely and talented Chase Crosley. Like a chef in a fine restaurant, if you have wonderful local ingredients, why wouldn’t you want to use them? A new find for me is Diedre Bollinger, who plays Gloria. Diedre is an actress who understands my direction right away without being told twice. She seamlessly incorporates even the most demanding note I give her immediately into her performance. It’s like playing a well-tuned instrument.”
Christine Wopat is the lighting designer and the stage management team includes Chris Grant, Joe Sledz, Felicia Ryan and Paul Amash, Jr. Season sponsors for the Copake Theatre Company are Herrington’s, Inc. and Brad Peck Insurance.