Drama in the air at Purdue Calumet with Playwright and Professor Theresa Carilli starting today at 4; Driving Miss Daisy at the Marquette Pavillon in Miller on Saturday; the Box Factory in St. Joe is searching for 10-minute masterpieces and out-of-proportion art at Lubeznik next week.
Purdue Calumet Playwright and Professor Theresa Carilli Presents: Six graduate students will be performing their personal scripts today and tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. at YJean Chambers Theater on the third floor of the Student Union Library Building in Hammond.
Natalie Mora, of Schererville; Alexandria Govert, of Crown Point; Rhonda Nemri, of Munster; Caitlin Ryder, of Highland; Kristin Sarver, of Griffith; and Hans-Peter Nkansah, of South Holland have written stories about their lives and will narrate and present. The minature plays are always introspective and profound and sometimes shocking.
I imagine it's like an AA meeting without the anonymity or the alcohol. (If you want to preview these stories, a group of them are collected in one of the numerous books that Theresa has written, Scripting Identity. which contains examples of this type of performance art. I took Dr. Carilli's class where I learned how difficult and even painful writing about yourself in a concise and truthful way can be. For these six students to have the courage to perform in front of an audience is found her book fascinating to read because introspection is so difficult and communicating your own story back is unimaginably hard for most people. This group will be describing their life adventures being an Arab-American woman, disabled, growing up in Africa, participating in a beauty pageant, being raised by a teen mother and struggling with depression. Read more here
Drama in Miller Beach on Saturday: Best bargain in Northwest Indiana theater are the $25 tickets for Driving Miss Daisy promoted by Mark Spencer in Gary at the refurbished Marquette Park Pavillion this weekend.
Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first Daisy is none to happy about being forced to rely on a black man. But Hoke gradually wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play the two develop a deep-rooted affection. The play is a delicate depiction of racial tensions and of growing old. Alfred Uhry, the playwright, has created two outsiders who come to a mutual respect based on their independence, strength, and stubborn integrity. For ticket info click here.
The Box Factory in Search of Ten-Minute Dramas: The Box Factory Theatre Company, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph is accepting 10-minute plays through July 1, 2013, as part of its Second Annual Out of the Box Playwriting Contest. The contest is open to members of the Berrien Artist Guild as well as Michigan residents.
Six plays will be selected by a panel of judges. The plays will then be performed on the Box Factory stage on Dec. 6 and 7 and prize money will be awarded to the top three plays. Additionally, an audience choice award will be given following each performance.
Playwrights may submit up to two plays and a registration fee of $5 per play must accompany each play submitted. The plays must be unpublished and cannot have been given a public performance by a professional company. No musicals or children's plays may be submitted for this contest. Entries must be delivered to the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI 40985.
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Construction Sites and Body Language in Michigan City: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is having an opening reception for two new exhibitions, Construction Sites, Body Language, and In Bloom next Friday, May 17th starting at 6 p.m.
Construction Sites, in the Hyndman Gallery, is an exhibition of photographic tableaux guest curated by Thomas Allen. The artists participating in Construction Sites, including Rebecca Dudley, Martin &Muñoz, and Chris Helcoop, are much more than still-life photographers; they’re set designers, lighting engineers, and casting directors. Each photograph captures a set or scene created by the artist.
Body Language, in the Brincka/Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries, is the combined effort of artists, Lynn Duggan and Mitch Messina, to examine social and existential issues using the body as a metaphor. Duggan’s imagery examines the construction of gender in relation to power, focusing on the body as a site of political and social conflict. Messina’s sculptural work attempts to contextualize intrinsic relationships between human beings and tools as extensions of the human mind and body.
Featured artists and guest curator, Thomas Allen, will be at the event to mingle and discuss their work with attendees. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information please contact Lubeznik Center for the Arts at 219-874-4900.