Teaching internships gaining in popularity at Fairfield University Fairfield University's Center for Judaic Studies presents Claudia Stevens in "An Evening with Madame F" Live radio drama, "Terror on the Airwaves," to chill listeners at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Center for Judaic Studies announces winter/spring programs Trio of classic French readings presented at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Guitarist Sharon Isbin and Brazilian percussionist Thiago de Mello to perform at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Modern-day "Romeo and Juliet" for teens presented at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts United Way honors Fairfield University professors and interns St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble with baritone Kurt Ollmann to perform at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Irish Scholarship Committee presents tenor Anthony Kearns & Gaelic-American Glee Club at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Student actors perform and direct in Fairfield University's "Festival '02"
Teaching internships are on the rise in Connecticut as graduate students discover the benefits of working in education while earning a master's degree. At Fairfield University, Dr. Joseph Ricciotti, director of the student internship program, says internships "can serve as a stepping stone in this era of very competitive job situations for teachers."
That was the case with John Bayers, a Boston College grad who had majored in elementary education and was certified to teach in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Last summer he interviewed for three teaching positions, losing out each time to someone with more experience. "It was frustrating," he says. "How was I going to get the experience if I couldn't get a job?"
After learning about the internship program, he signed on with Dwight Elementary School in Fairfield where he applied the skills he was learning to teach computers to children. Because he was certified and therefore qualified to teach a class for an extended period of time, John was a particularly desirable candidate. When a teacher at Stratfield School went on pregnancy leave, John filled in with her class. And best of all, when a position opened up to teach fourth grade next year, he was hired for the job.
"It's a win-win situation," explained Dr. Ricciotti. "The School board contributes $8,000 to subsidize the students' graduate work. In return the school administrators have an entire year to assess the qualities and attributes of a potential candidate for a full-time teaching position. The student gains tremendous experience while earning tuition credit and the school system has the services of someone who can substitute teach or help with other school projects."
Carolyn Williams did her internship at Read Elementary School in Bridgeport. Not certified to teach yet, she says, "It was an invaluable experience. I came from a career with Morgan Stanley on Wall Street and was trying to go into teaching. It gives you the experience and confidence you need. It would be very difficult to just take courses and then go student teach."
At Read she worked with 20 students, four at a time, who were divided by ability. "We tested them at the beginning of the year and then at the end and the increase in test scores was phenomenal. They had developed much better skills for how to attack words."
Some children who weren't sure how to hold books when the year started were reading them by year's end. When Caroline asked them to write a story, "One child wrote his own story, about who he was and what he did at home. When I asked him to read it, he was so excited that he could write a story and then read it back. It was great."
Another thing Carolyn liked about doing the internship was the exposure it gave her to different grade levels. She knows when she student teaches at Kendall School in Norwalk this September she will be restricted to one class. "It's a wonderful experience to get to observe the teachers and try out your own lessons. Everyone should do an internship if possible."
Barbara Taccogna had earned a master's and been certified when she tried to return to teaching after working in a nursery school for four years while her children were young. "The reaction was, 'We're not looking for a nursery school teacher.'" She decided to use the internship program to brush up on her skills while working on her sixth year certificate. Placed in Fairfield's Riverfield School, Barbara says, "I gained experience in all subject areas, working at all grade levels, K-5, as well as in special education, art music and gym. The only jobs they didn't permit me to do," she jokes, "were those of principal and custodian."
Dr. Ricciotti said that the introduction a year ago of a graduate program to train teachers to teach elementary education is one reason Fairfield's internship program is growing, since 75 percent of requests for interns is at the elementary school level. He said Fairfield presently has agreements with Fairfield, Stamford, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Southbury and Trumbull and expects to expand into other towns.
Fairfield has conducted classes for a master's degree and certification in secondary school education, grades seven through 12, for over 45 years.
The State Board of Education recently accredited the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions for another five years, finding the University extremely supportive of the teacher preparation program; that the program is valued by the participants and by the schools that receive these students as apprentices; and the technology services are truly remarkable.
Posted on August 1, 1997
The horror and the guilt experienced by Fania Fenelon and other Jewish musicians confined to concentration camps during World War II is the subject of a musical and dramatic performance to be given Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. "An Evening with Madame F," written and directed by pianist/singer/actress Claudia Stevens, will be held in the Kelley Auditorium of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is sponsored by the university's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. A discussion will follow the performance.
Fenelon, a French cabaret singer, was a member of an all-female orchestra in the Auschwitz death camp. By playing for their captors, she and other members earned a better chance at survival, but were also accused of treason by fellow prisoners. Stevens' narrative, with music composed and arranged by Fred Cohen, is interspersed with segments of songs and numbers that were actually played in the concentration camps. "Madame F" was commissioned by the Richmond Jewish Federation, and has been the centerpiece of Holocaust and Kristallnacht observances in more than 90 communities across the country.
Stevens, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was educated at Vassar College and the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and holds a doctorate in piano from Boston University. Her recitals and dramatic performances have been presented at New York City's Carnegie Recital Hall and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and she has received numerous awards, including grants from the International Theatre Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her recent engagements include the Baltimore Theater Project, the "Fast Forward" series in Virginia and the Sandglass Theater in Vermont.
The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies is under the direction of Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D. "An Evening with Madame F" is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. For information or to reserve a seat, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on February 5, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 166
Gory sound effects, sinister scripts and tales from the occult will keep listeners pinned to their seats Saturday, March 9 when Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents "Terror on the Airwaves." The live radio drama, a recreation of the medium's earliest horror shows, will be performed at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. The show will also be broadcast live on WVOF, the university's radio station, and a post-show "Art to Heart" discussion with the cast will follow.
"Terror on the Airwaves" is based upon a trio of spine-tingling radio shows that aired during the 1930s and 40s. The earliest in that genre, "The Witch's Tale," was created by Alonzo Deen Cole and featured famed radio actress Miriam Wolff in the role of Nancy, the Witch of Salem. Director Daniel Smith of New Haven has chosen to recreate an episode called "Devil Hands." The second radio series, "Lights Out," created by Wyllis Cooper of Chicago's NBC radio and later produced by Arch Oboler, treated listeners to gory sound effects such as frying bacon (electrocution) and meat cleavers slicing into heads of cabbage (stabbings). Smith has chosen to recreate "The Dark" and "A Day at the Dentist's."
Finally, "The Oldest Man in the World" is taken from a series called "Quiet, Please," which Cooper created during the late 1940s. Actor Ernest Chappell narrated creepy, stream-of-consciousness stories that often ended in some kind of horror disaster.
Sound effects for "Terror on the Airwaves" will be provided by Ted Powell of Stratford. Cast members are: William Farrel of Fairfield; Kimberly Mikenis of New Haven; John Watson of New Haven; and Josiah Rowe of Cheshire.
The production, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, is the third and last in a series of radio dramas presented by the Quick Center.
Posted on February 6, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 158
Dr. Ellen Umansky, director of Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, announces the Center's programs for the winter/spring 2002 season.
On Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will host Stephen Dubner, author of Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family. The lecture, titled "A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Past," will take place in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested since seating is limited. For reservations or information, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., acclaimed author James Carroll will speak at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts regarding "After Constantine's Sword: The Past, Present and Future of Jewish-Christian Relations." Carroll is author of the recent New York Times bestseller, Constantine's Sword, the Church and the Jews: A History. The lecture, sponsored by the Center as well as the Fairfield Alumni Association and the Departments of History and Religious Studies, is open to the general public. Admission is $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010.
The Center will present "An Evening With Madame F" on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. A musical with a dramatic performance by Claudia Stevens, the program focuses on the experiences of Fania Fenelon and other concentration camp musicians whose talents became the key to their survival. The event will be held in the Lawrence A. Wien Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. Admission is free, but due to limited seating reservations are recommended. For reservations or information, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
On Wednesday, April 10 at 5 p.m., the Center will host a Holocaust Remembrance Service, featuring William Donat, Holocaust survivor and son of Alexander Donat, author of The Holocaust Kingdom, Death Camp Treblinka, and Jewish Resistance. The service will take place in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola at Fairfield University. Admission is free, but due to limited seating reservations are recommended. Call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Dr. Chava Weissler, professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University, will end the Center's season with two lectures: "Jewish Renewal: Revitalizing American Judaism" on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business, and "Voices of the Matriarchs: Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women" on Tuesday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Canisius Hall, Room 15. The lectures, made possible through the generosity of David and Edith Chaifetz, are free, but due to limited seating reservations are necessary. Call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on February 9, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 145
Comedy and caricature temper pretension, oppression and greed in a trio of classic French readings presented by Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Theatre Artists Workshop of Norwalk. Molière's "The Learned Ladies" is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by Jean Anouilh's "Antigone" on Thursday, March 14 and Jean Giradoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot" on Wednesday, April 3. The dramatic readings, part of Fairfield University's "French Showcase: Evolving Arts" celebration, begin at 7:30 p.m, with a post-show "Art to Heart" discussion following each.
Molière, a 17th-century dramatist considered the Shakespeare of French literature, completed "The Learned Ladies," his most accomplished work, in 1672, a year before his death. In "The Learned Ladies," directed for the Quick Center by Katie C. Sparer of Stratford, Molière pokes fun at those who pursue knowledge in an attempt to emulate the lifestyles of their social superiors. In other words, he finds comedy in people who live untrue to themselves.
Actors in "The Learned Ladies" are: former Metropolitan Opera star Brenda Lewis of Westport; Quick Center Executive Director Thomas Zingarelli of Bridgeport; Mark Basile of Weston; Marty Bongfeldt of Bethel; Herb Duval of Rye, N.Y.; Sean Hannon of Weston; Betty Jinnette of Norwalk; Tess Link of Westport; Ken Parker of Fairfield; and Sidney Symington of Southport.
"Antigone," based on Sophocle's ancient Greek tragedy by the same name, was produced in 1942, during France's occupation by Nazi soldiers. In Antigone's defiance to the dictator Creon, the French audience saw its own resistance to the German occupation. "Antigone" is directed by Muriel Nussbaum.
Giradoux, a French novelist and dramatist who softened tragic themes with rueful comedy, first presented the "The Madwoman of Chaillot" in 1948. It is the story of a group of greedy speculators who threaten to tear up a Paris neighborhood in their search for oil. It is the Madwoman of Chaillot, who, though slightly imbalanced, turns out to be the voice of reason. Mark Basile directs.
"French Showcase: Evolving Arts" is a six-week festival celebrating the contributions the French have made in the areas of arts and letters. Tickets for all three dramatic readings are $15. Single tickets are $7. For tickets, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 11, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 154
Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, the Grammy award-winning virtuoso likened to Monet for her ability to pull sensuous colors from her instrument, performs with Brazilian percussionist Thiago de Mello at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. a pre-show "Art to Heart" session with Brian Torff, jazz musician and director of Fairfield University's music program, will be held from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Torff will present a discussion and demonstration of Brazilian rhythms and instruments.
Isbin, considered one of the world's finest guitarists, first collaborated with de Mello on the Teldec album, "Journey to the Amazon," which topped the Billboard charts and earned her a 1999 Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Crossover Album." On stage, de Mello surrounds himself with gourd drums, rain sticks, rattles and other unusual instruments, producing sounds and rhythms that complement the dialects and nuances Isbin draws from her guitar.
In 2001, Isbin won a Grammy Award for her CD, "Dreams of a World: Folk Inspired Music for Guitar," a compilation of tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, British Isles, Spain, Greece, Brazil and elsewhere. It was the first such honor for a classical guitarist in 28 years. The first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition, Isbin is also a first-prize winner of the Toronto Competition, winner of Madrid's Queen Sofia Competition and winner of the "Best Classical Guitarist" and "Classical Album of the Year" awards from Guitar Player magazine.
She is credited with doing more than any other musician to expand the repertoire for guitar, commissioning nine concertos from major composers such as John Corigliano, Lukas Foss, Joseph Schwantner and Joan Tower. Isbin is founder of the guitar programs at the Julliard School and the Aspen Music Festival and has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras. Her sold-out performances around the world include New York City's Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, London's Barbican Centre and Madrid's Teatro Real.
The Minnesota-born Isbin has produced more than 20 albums-a versatile selection ranging from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th century to crossover and jazz-fusion. An American space crew presented one of her album's, "American Landscapes," to Russian cosmonauts aboard the Mir space station. Isbin began her guitar studies in Italy at the age of 9 and later studied with Andrés Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. She began touring Europe at age 17.
Isbin has appeared on more than 20 magazine covers and maintains a website at www.sharonisbin.com. She finds inspiration in art, literature and meditation and enjoys snorkeling, mopeding around the Greek Islands and hiking in the mountains and rainforests.
Tickets to the concert are $30, $27 and $24 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or information, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 153
Star-crossed lovers, feuding families and the powerful tug of teen-age angst take center stage in an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The 90-minute performance, created by Theatreworks/USA, is adapted for a teen-age audience and is suitable for students in middle and high school. The show is part of the Quick Center's Arts Bound Schoolday Series. Lesson plans and a teacher's guide are available.
This version of "Romeo and Juliet" is set in a futurist Verona and features an acting troupe of 12 dressed in contemporary costume, as well as incidental music by a pop/rock band. According to director Rob Barron, the classic tale was chosen for adaptation because it addresses timeless teen issues of family discord, peer pressure and the passion of first love. "Shakespeare's play resonates powerfully, even centuries after it was originally written, addressing contemporary issues of violence, conformity and communication and miscommunication between parents and children," says Barron, a Yale School of Drama graduate and a veteran Theatreworks playwright/director.
Founded in 1961, Theatreworks/USA is America's foremost professional theatre for young and family audiences. The company creates imaginative, sophisticated shows that are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking. Theatreworks has received the Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, as well as the William M. Dawson Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Tickets for the performance are $5, with discounts available for groups and birthday parties. The Arts Bound outreach program is funded in part by the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield and Unilever H & PC USA Schools in Partnership Program. For information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the web site, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 167
Two Fairfield University professors and their student interns were recently honored by the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County with the United Way Community Builders awards. The awards were presented this year for the first time.
Myra Oliver, executive director of the International Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (IIC), nominated Dr. Katherine Kidd of Fairfield, Dr. Joy Gordon of Milford, and the University interns for the awards.
The director of the International Studies Program at Fairfield, Dr. Kidd coordinates a student volunteer program in conjunction with the IIC Department of Language and Employment Services, successfully enlisting the help of willing and motivated students to donate their time. Dr. Oliver said that through the leadership and guidance of Dr. Kidd, "they have enabled foreign-born citizens to become better acquainted with American ways and have fostered a smoother transition to their new homes in the United States."
Fairfield University student volunteers have tutored in English as a second language and have provided mentoring and familiarization with American language, customs, and culture to a number of refugees serviced by the IIC. "The Fairfield University students have been generous and flexible with their time and availability and have committed themselves to sharing their own American heritage with persons from various countries and cultures around the world," Dr. Oliver said.
Dr. Joy Gordon, an associate professor of philosophy who has developed a student introductory program to human rights, focuses her study on immigrants who are not represented in immigration proceedings at government expense, and who are victims of exploitation. As a direct result of Dr. Gordon's actions, almost two dozen more asylum seekers were represented through IIC's Pro-Bono Asylum Project.
Dr. Oliver noted, "because of the efforts of the students and the organization of Dr. Kidd and Dr. Gordon, dozens of newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants to the U.S have had positive and productive experiences in our American society."
Posted on February 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 148
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs Friday, march 22 at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in a program featuring baritone Kurt Ollmann, a distinguished orchestral soloist. An "Art to Heart" discussion with Howard Kissel, chief drama critic for the New York Daily News, will precede the show from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
The program begins with Introduction, Theme and Variations on "Trock'ne Blumen," composed in 1824. Translated "withered flowers," it is Franz Schubert's only work for flute and piano. Maurice Ravel's "Chansons madeacute;casses," or "songs of Madagascar," for voice, flute, piano and cello, will follow. Composed in 1926, the work is based on a trio of evocative and dramatic poems that French poet Evariste-Deacute;sireacute; de Parny claimed to have collected among the people of Madagascar. The program concludes with "Quintet for Strings in C Major," recognized as Schubert's greatest chamber composition for its rich sonorities, intensity and lyricism. Written for violin, viola and cello, the piece demonstrates Schubert's search for harmonic color and the use of "Neapolitan relationships," in which one key seems to "lean" on another key that is half a step lower.
Baritone Kurt Ollmann, a sought-after artist known for his versatility, performs in recital throughout the world, as well as in orchestral repertoire, singing such diverse works as Monteverdi's "Vespers" with Santa Fe Pro Musica and Bernstein's "Wonderful Town" in Rotterdam, Holland. The Wisconsin-born Ollmann has sung at the Vienna State Opera, the Rome Opera, Tanglewood and London's Wigmore Hall, among other venues.
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the artistic nucleus of the larger Orchestra of St. Luke's, was established in 1974 at the historic Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. The ensemble is comprised of 21 virtuoso artists who perform nationally, abroad and in annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Museum of Arts. The group's programming, which includes works for chamber orchestra and chamber operas, as well as premiere performances of works by leading American composers, reflects the versatility and cohesiveness that have become St. Luke's hallmarks.
The St. Luke's ensemble performs at the Quick Center one more time this season, with an all-Vivaldi program, Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets to the March 22 concert are $30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or more information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 169
Anthony Kearns, the 30-year-old tenor from rural County Wexford who combined talent, pluck and a bit 'o Irish luck to carry him to fame, performs Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The 75-member Gaelic-American Glee Club, an outgrowth of the Fairfield-based Gaelic-American Club, will open the program and a post-show reception will follow in the lobby. The concert is presented by the Irish Scholarship Committee.
Kearns is an original member of the famed Irish Tenors; in 1999, he, Ronan Tynan and John McDermott (later replaced by Finbar Wright), first toured the United States, earning millions of fans via a major gala concert televised coast-to-coast on St. Patrick's Day. With the group and as a soloist, Kearns has performed sold-out shows at some of the world's greatest venues, including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and Royal Dublin Society Main Hall. Fans describe his voice as "breathtaking," "unequaled" and "like a serenade" and journalists have called Kearns a new Count John McCormack, referring to the world-renowned tenor of the early 20th century.
The Gaelic-American Glee Club has shared the stage with Wright, McDermott and tenor Frank Patterson in previous Quick Center performances. The group, founded in 1995 by Edward O'Connor and Art Beagan, sings Irish favorites such as "Cockles and Mussels," "Wild Rover," and "The Star of the County Down." Tori Presti, a music teacher and choral director in the Newtown school system, is director.
Kearns was born in 1971 in the small village of Kiltealy, on Ireland's southeast coast, and became interested in singing as a teenager. As a member of the catering staff at the Grand Hotel in Wicklow, he became friendly with the bands that played there for wedding receptions. Soon enough, they were handing him the microphone for solos, and Kearns became known as the "singing barman." In the meantime, he crooned with friends in the pubs at night and hitchhiked to competitions across the country. His big break came in 1993, when the still untrained Kearns entered a competition called "Ireland's Search for a Tenor." The contest coincided with the country's launch of a new "tenor," or 10-pound note. Kearns sang "The Impossible Dream" and "Danny Boy" by phone to beat out the competition. His first-place finish landed him a spot on Ireland's popular "Late, Late Show," and caught the attention of Ireland's highly regarded singing instructor, Veronica Dunne, whom he then studied under for three years. Kearns has recorded four albums with the Irish Tenors: "The Irish Tenors," "Home for Christmas," "Live in Belfast" and "Ellis Island."
Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Irish Scholarship Committee's Father John M. Conlisk Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1991. Fr. Conlisk was spiritual director of Cathedral Girls High School in Danbury, director of Family Life at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport and pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown and St. Patrick's Church in Redding. He was pastor of St. Jerome Church in Norwalk before his death. In his memory, a year of study at the university is granted to an Irish national each year.
Tickets to the performance are $30. For tickets or information, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 20, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 164
Family tragedy, loss and transition, and the hilarious/ humiliating world of dating take center stage Feb. 20 through 24, when Theatre Fairfield presents a showcase of three short plays written, designed and directed by students. Performances for "Festival '02," a showcase of original student work, are Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre.
"Lost, Found and Remembered," by Scott Ferguson, explores the difficulties of moving on after losing a loved one. The play is directed by Edward Walsh and stage-managed by Danny Williams. Lara Eckler's "A Chance" offers a comedic look at one woman's quest to find a replacement for herself to keep her boyfriend company while she is away. It is directed by Kathleen Mooney and stage-managed by Kristy Farrell. Finally, the poignant "Everything We Never Said," written by Virginia Moylan, examines what happens when tragedy strikes a family and taboo subjects are finally aired. The performance is directed by Eckler and stage-managed by Alex Pavone.
"Festival '02" is the third production of the 2001-02 season for Theatre Fairfield, the university's student theater production company. Assistance for the production was provided by Martha LoMonaco, Ph.D., directing mentor; Lynne Porter, producer and design mentor; and Susan Haggstrom, academic technical director.
"Festival '02" involves more than 35 students, including: Amy Mattulina, lighting designer; Rehan Ansari, costume designer; and Liz Capinera, scenic designer. Cast members are: Jill Amato, Nick Benaquista, Bill Bria, Tanya Chavez, Paul DeSena, Kim DiVincenzo, Lauren Drzata, Dave Gorman, Jessica Harper, Alison Lebonitte, Lindsay Loderstadt, Amy Miklos, Mary Parr, Nick Smith, Jason Stowe and Chris Wood.
Tickets are on sale at the Quick Center Box Office for $12 general admission and $5 student admission. Contact the box office at (203) 254-4010 or call toll-free at (877) ARTS-396. For further information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, x2274.
Posted on February 20, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 147