Presentation of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Century Cycle Hits Columbus

Contact:
Truman Winbush
PAST Productions Columbus
770 Bulen Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 558-7912
http://pastproductionscolumbus.com

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PAST Productions Columbus, in association with Short North Stage, announces the production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Presentation of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Century Cycle Hits Columbus

Columbus, OH, 20 January 2016: PAST Productions Columbus is thrilled to announce their collaboration with Short North Stage to present a year long August Wilson Festival funded by PNC Arts Alive.

Two Trains Running is a play by American playwright August Wilson, the seventh in his ten-part series The Pittsburgh Century Cycle. The play takes place in the Hill District, an African-American neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1969; it explores the impact of gentrification on a well-established African-American community.

August Wilson was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. The plays are each set in a different decade, and they aim to sketch the Black experience in the 20th century by raising consciousness through theater, and echoing the poetry in the everyday language of Black America. Wilson was fascinated by the power of theater as a medium where a community at large could come together to bear witness to events and currents unfolding.

PAST Productions Columbus is the creation of Patricia Wallace-Winbush, Tony Roseboro, Scott Porter, and Truman Winbush, Jr. They believe theatre is the tie that binds, and it has been their pleasure to work together for over 20 years in numerous plays. The goal at PAST Productions is to produce quality works that not only entertain, but also promote and uphold a message and vision of the Black community and culture.

Two Trains Running, directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush, will feature Truman Winbush, Jr., Tony Roseboro, Guy Jones, Vincent L. Mason, Lisa Shepherd, Scott Porter and David Johnson.

It will play at the Garden Theatre, 1187 North High St., Columbus, OH 43201 March 3-19, 2016 at 7pm.

For ticket information please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2488083

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Press Release: WADFF 2016

Contact:

WADFF
c/o The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
PO Box 50013
Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

Black Chick Media, LLC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn, NY January 13, 2016: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces its Call for Film Entries for the 15th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF). WADFF will showcase films focused on Women, their families, neighborhoods, and the global community. Featuring an international roster of films, the Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10 am – 6 pm.

Films must be produced, written, or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2010. All work must be submitted by March 18, 2016. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

Continuing its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of artists of African descent, The Women of African Descent Film Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016.

Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 15 years.

The foundation for all of the chapter’s programs and services is rooted in the African American tradition of giving and volunteerism. Members share a deep sense of communal responsibility, and for the past 63 years, have been committed to actively initiating and supporting educational, cultural, and civic programs that positively impact the lives of people of African descent residing in Brooklyn.

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THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD: WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – COLLABORATION AWARD 2015 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES

THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD: WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN

REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS

THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. will present the 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working With Women.

The $1,000 Collaboration Award and additional honorable mentions are designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work.  As the aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines, each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different Coalition associations, unions, guilds and affiliates of The Coalition.  Eligible teams may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had its first public performance within the last two years 2013-2015. A Public Performance can include, but is not limited to a staged reading, gallery show, screenings, concert series, etc.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of artistic excellence, diversity, and clarity.  All topics and subjects will be considered.  Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition:  to advance women’s work and women’s issues.

The team that has been selected and the honorable mentions will be invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2015.  Women outside of New York may send a designee to speak about their project and accept the award.

Teams of two or more women working together on the creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award.  Applicants must be members in good standing of two different organizations and/or affiliates with The Coalition.  Those organizations are:  Actors’ Equity Association, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Film & Television, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Writers’ Guild of America, East.  Affiliates:  WomenArts, The Rehearsal Club, The Women’s Media Center, Women Make Movies, Dancers Over 40, Professional Women Singers Association, The Drama Desk, The Lambs Club, Works by Women.  If an organization other than these listed joins the Coalition, their members are welcome to apply as well.

The application is online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org and can be saved and re-worked there until submitted to us. A pdf of the application may also be accessed there in order to work on a submission offline.

Deadline:  The deadline for the return of completed applications is midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Award winners will be announced by September, 2015.

Send all inquiries and questions to: collaborationaward@womenartsmediacoalition.org

Quotes from past winners

“We are so honored to be accepting this award.  One of the best aspects of making this very unconventional film was working together.  We got it done using our creativity, mutual respect for one another, quality Skype-time with our families back home, plain old hard work, and as much good humor as we could muster.  It means the world to us to have our film embraced by an organization that celebrates women in collaboration.”

–        Jane Edith Wilson and Grace Lee, 2013 Winners

 

“It was an honor for Stefanie and I to receive the Collaboration Award.  It came at a critical moment for the DEVELOPMENT of Electric Baby as the award supported our work together on two DEVELOPMENTAL workshops and our world premiere production of the play at Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh.  Not only did this award support our work financially it gave our collaboration recognition in the field.  Stefanie continues to be a key collaborator of mine on subsequent projects and having our relationship recognized publicly is invaluable.”

–        Daniella Topol, Director, 2011 Winner

“New work needs momentum.  It’s simply not a reality that a play can be written in the attic and then magically find a production.  Or that one production will lead to a second or third production.  People need to hear about work.  They need to hear about the artists who make the work.  There is no question that this award not only helped The Electric Baby become a better play, but it gave the baby a life.”

–        Stefanie Zadravec, Playwright, 2011 Winner

 

“The Collaboration Award’s encouragement of women working together is terrific.  It made all the difference in providing my collaborator and I with the time and support we needed to create a complex and dynamic theatre work.”

–        Kristin Martin, Director, 2008 Winner

“The evening of the Collaboration Awards was imbued with theatrical magic.  Wendy directed an excerpt from my play, Birds, that captured the spirit of the play with great response from a wildly supportive audience.  Birds is the third play of mine that we worked on together.  It was a beautiful jumping off point for us in our process.  It provided the opportunity for us to mine even deeper in our exploration of the world of this complicated play, and the support, enthusiasm and appreciation of this body of amazing women helped carry us through to the next step of our artistic journey.”

–        Jen Maisel, Playwright, 2006 WInner

Press Release: State of the Arts Productions Presents: Caroline, or Change

January 20, 2015

For Immediate Release

State of the Arts Productions Presents: Caroline, or Change

Columbus-Based Production Company Tackles Civil Rights-Era Story

 

State of the Arts Productions presents the groundbreaking musical Caroline, or Change. A provocative story of political change, social change and pocket change. Set in one of the most dramatic times in America’s history the TONY-nominated Caroline, Or Change tackles tough social issues that still resonate today.

COLUMBUS, OH — State of the Arts Productions (SoArtsPro) kicks off the 2015 creative season with the musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori (Shrek the Musical).  Performance dates will run from February 27 – March 1.
Taking on the complexities of race; embraces the climate of the time; and telling a story of redemption, the musical is set in Louisiana during the fall of 1963 when the nation, already dealing with the civil rights movement, was rocked by the death of a president. Amid such turbulent times, Caroline provides stability for both her own restless daughter and the Jewish family that employees her.

“This story is timeless and relevant, with regards to the present climate in the United States,” said Gwen Edwards, SoArtsPro Executive Director.  “Caroline is a character who, in her own way, was able to conquer giant social issues of her day.  To many, she is relatable.  To most, she is a heroine.”

Caroline, or Change has collected nearly every award attainable for a theatrical production: the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress (along with six nominations including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Director), Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead and Featured Actress, and Outstanding Choreography. The show captured two Obie Awards for Outstanding Performance and Special Citations for Kushner and Tesori, and in 2007 it won the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Caroline, or Change is directed by Jack Peterson with musical direction by Kimberly English Cole and features the debut of Talmarita Kenner as Caroline. Caroline, or Change is a dynamic work which has the power to change the way audiences think about musical theatre.

For more information about show dates, tickets and location, please visit: www.soartspro.com, or call: (614) 266-4562.
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Dates: February 27 – March 1, 2015
Time: Friday & Saturday 8:00pm  Sunday 2:00 pm

Location: Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

TICKETS

Tickets are available now for $18.

Purchase three ways:
Online:  www.soartspro.com
By phone: 614-266-4562
Mail-in order form: Available online  www.soartspro.com

About SoArtsPro

State of The Arts Productions (SoArtsPro), started as a dream in the mind of the Artistic Director Quentin Edwards. With the help of a select board of directors including current Broadway performers and community members SoArtsPro will bring a different breed of theater to the Columbus area.  Our seasons will be diverse and different; including the classics and contemporary Broadway musical fare.  SoArtsPro believes that theatre can and should be for everyone.