Saint Joseph College Receives Grant for Adult Education

Adults wanting to go to college will be happy to hear that the Saint Joseph’s weekend program for adult learners was just given a $25,000 grant for scholarship aid by the Hartford Foundation for public giving.

Capital Classics Theatre Company “Women Writers Series: New Play Readings” at Saint Joseph College

From a press release:

March 1, 2010, WEST HARTFORD — Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with The Carol Autorino Center at Saint Joseph College, will present professional staged readings of two new plays by Connecticut women writers: The Woman Behind the Man Behind the Podium Making the Apology by Laura Sheehan and Code Red or The Last Day at Dick High by Jeanne Zaino. Audience members are invited to contribute to the development of the plays by offering feedback during a post-reading discussion.

The Women Writers Series will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in The Carol Autorino Center at Saint Joseph College. The readings are free and open to the public. Presented in staged reading format by an ensemble of professional actors, the event will include an audience-participatory discussion of each play moderated by Dr. Robert Smith, director of The Carol Autorino Center. A wine and cheese reception will take place during intermission.

The Woman Behind the Man Behind the Podium Making the Apology is a topical drama about a political marriage where the wife is forced to confront her philandering husband. She is guided in her journey by other political “wives” from history, including Hillary Clinton, Sally Hemings, Jackie Onassis and Carmella Soprano. The reading is directed by David Watson, associate professor of theater at the HARTT School (University of Hartford).

Code Red or The Last Day at Dick High is a farce set in an American high school that is faced with the threat of student violence. The play takes a satirical look at the institutional leaders and systems intended to solve problems which ultimately make matters worse. It is directed by Michael Nowicki, a theater faculty member at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a professional actor and director.

Playwrights Laura Sheehan and Jeanne Zaino, Connecticut natives and sisters, were raised in Farmington. Sheehan is artistic director and co-founder of Capital Classics, and works as a writer/editor at Saint Joseph College. Zaino is an associate professor of Political Science & International Studies at IONA College in New Rochelle, NY.
No tickets or reservations are required. For further information, contact Capital Classics Theatre Company at www.capitalclassics.org or 860.218.0300.

The Arts Come Marching in to Saint Joseph College in March

From a press release:

Saint Joseph College’s Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities welcomes five renowned multi-talented artists and performers in March as part of its 2009-2010 Performing Arts Series at the Bruyette Athenaeum. The full line-up includes:

Tuesday, March 2 – George Winston. The Grammy-award wining artist returns to the Saint Joseph College’s Hoffman Auditorium for a solo piano concert on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. A Meet and Greet reception with Mr. Winston will be held after his performance. Advance reserved seating tickets are $38. Tickets day of the event are $43. A limited number of tickets are available for the Meet and Greet at an additional $25.

Sunday, March 7 – Marilyn Horne Master Class and Reception. Presented in partnership with Connecticut Concert Opera, American Opera’s famous mezzo-soprano conducts a master class on stage in the Hoffman Auditorium on Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. Horne will coach five singers from the Hartt School, UConn Opera and Yale Opera. A Meet and Greet reception will be held after Ms. Horne’s Master Class. Advance reserved seating tickets are $37. Tickets day of the event are $40. A limited number of tickets are available for the Meet and Greet at an additional $50.

Wednesday, March 10 – Updraft: A Conspiracy of Movement. This aerial dance company will incorporate aerial apparatus to create an energetic movement exposition at Saint Joseph College’s Bruyette Athenaeum on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Advance reserved seating tickets for the show are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for children. Day of event tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for children.

Sunday, March 14 – P.V. O’Donnell St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day concert presented by the “fiddler from Donegal” and his Irish musicians, singers and dancers will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 14 at the Bruyette Athenaeum at Saint Joseph College. Advance reserved seating tickets for the event are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $12 for children. Day of event tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $17 for children.

Saturday, March 20 – Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales. An extravaganza of hand-crafted masks, original stories, and stilt dancing by New England’s virtuoso mime will take place Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruyette Athenaeum at Saint Joseph College. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $12 for children. Day of event, tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for children.

Tickets for all March performances at Saint Joseph College are available at www.tickets.sjc.edu or by calling the Francis Driscoll Box Office at 860 231-5555.

Black History Month Kicks Off with a Study of Mark Twain’s Standing on Race at Saint Joseph College

Mark Twain: Unlearning Racism, an original one-act play, performed by creator Cal Pritner, explores Mark Twain’s standing on race, tonight, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Joseph College’s West Hartford campus, 1678 Asylum Avenue.

Twain, who was born as Samuel Clemens, lived in Hartford and died on April 21, 1910. Saint Joseph College commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death with this free performance of Mark Twain: Unlearning Racism.

Pritner’s performance explores Twain’s standing on race — both his progress and shortcomings. Pritner is a member of SAG, Actors Equity, and AFTRA; he was the founding artistic director, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and he chaired the department that produced the founders of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Saint Joseph College Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Mark Twain’s Death With Free Performance of Mark Twain: Unlearning Racism

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Saint Joseph College is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death with a free performance of Mark Twain: Unlearning Racism. The original one-act play, performed by creator Cal Pritner, will take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium on the College’s West Hartford campus located at 1678 Asylum Avenue.

Pritner’s performance explores Twain’s standing on race — both his progress and shortcomings — as he moved toward becoming a racially enlightened author and lecturer. “Twain was born into a slave-owning family and by today’s standards, he was a racist well into adulthood,” said Pritner. “But he married into an abolitionist family and made huge changes in his racial attitude. Unfortunately, however, as SJC Professor of English Kerry Driscoll shows in her research, Twain remained prejudiced against American Indians.”

Twain, who was born as Samuel Clemens, lived in Hartford and died on April 21, 1910. Driscoll, a Twain scholar, is currently working on a book, Mark Twain Among the Indians.

The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets or more information, call the Frances Driscoll box office at 860.231.5555 or visit www.sjc.edu/arts.