An eclectic season of performing arts events welcomes area patrons to Plymouth State University after the summer hiatus.
Leading off are faculty performances on September 12 and 13. University dance faculty and guests will present a selection of 12 dances in a variety of styles at 7 p.m. September 12. The next evening, Dan Perkins and the Ruggieri Chamber Soloists will present a program of Beethoven and Brahms at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12/$10 for both programs, which will be held at the Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Plymouth.
The annual International Film Festival resumes at 7 p.m. September 16 with a showing of the Mexican film, The Crime of Padre Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro), at the Frost Academic Commons on School Street (adjacent to St. Matthews Church).
This most popular of Mexican films is a controversial account of a young priest who comes to a small parish in Los Reyes to assist the aging padre Amaro. Padre Amaro learns of the church’s involvement with local criminals and Padre Benito’s affair with a female parishioner, and he, too, soon becomes romantically involved with a teenage girl.
International films are presented free of charge. For information contact Peter Drexel, 535-2696.
The first student theatre production of the academic year is True West, written by Sam Shephard and directed by adjunct faculty member Heather Hamilton. True West is an edgy, quirky tale of sibling rivalry and a divided psyche that Shephard claims as his own.
The play tells the story of two brothers: Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter, and Lee, a small-time criminal. The play’s encounter between the brothers explores the duality of human personality, and our primal capacity for violence. True West will be presented by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at 8 p.m. September 18 and 19; 2 and 8 p.m. September 20 and 3 p.m. September 21 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $21-10 at the Box Office, 535-ARTS.
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is back September 21 at 3 p.m. with the annual favorite, “Peeling More Poems,” by Donald Hall, Cynthia Huntington and Charles Simic. This year the trio will discuss poems by authors who will appear later on in this year’s series. Poems to be “peeled” this year are Mantra, by Ruth Stone; Snowfall in the Afternoon, by Robert Bly and The Persimmon Bough by Frank Gaspar.
Free tickets are available at the Box Office, 535-ARTS, for the program which is held at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
September concludes with the first presentation in the 2003-2004 Silver Series at the Silver Cultural Arts Center—Tres Vidas, written by Marjorie Agosin. Actress Georgina Corbo and the Core Ensemble present this musical theatre production about the lives of three powerful Latin American women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni.
Using a mix of folk and classical arrangements from tango master Astor Piazzolla and new music by composers from Argentina, Mexico and Cuba, Tres Vidas blends the culture, history, politics and art of Latin America into an engrossing evening of chamber theatre. Tickets, available at the Box Office, 535-ARTS, range in price from $21-12.
This performance is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) as part of the NEA Regional Touring Program. NEFA receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with additional support from the state arts agencies of New England.