Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at www.arts.ucf.edu.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

THE BIGOT PLAY

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THE BIGOT Play-

What happens when Jim the biggest Bigot in the country needs an African American lesbian to save his life…

THE BIGOT It’s a story that tackles the most important issue of our time; it’s intense, provocative and sensitive all at once. Most importantly, it provides a much-needed spirit of hope: That even the most cynical among us can find common ground.

An amazing story about Jim an equal opportunity bigot, Jim is intolerant on the basis of religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity – he hates them all and is happy to let them know it. That he hasn’t yet converted his adult liberal son, Seth, to be like him is a source of never-ending frustration. Well, almost as annoying as the two lesbians living next door- An African American Aysha and Paula.
But “The Bigot” is about to get the shock of his life, and so are you.
When things don’t go Jim’s way and his life starts to crumble in front of his (and our) eyes, something happens that changes not only his life forever, it changes everybody around him.

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Masterwork at TiFf

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A painter struggles with her identity and ability to express herself as years pass and she becomes a wife and mother. Masterwork by Karissa Barber follows the artist from her Bohemian studio apartment to white picket fence. Is it possible to regain something she sacrificed for the life she chose?

 

Tampa International Fringe Festival May 11-14th, 2017  will be the world premiere of Masterwork and audiences can expect a riveting argument, playful dialogue, charming romance, and a little tragedy; the broad range of theatre in this two-person 60 minute production.

 

Karissa Barber is an Orlando and Tampa award-winning actress writing and producing her first play, Masterwork for the Tampa International Fringe Festival. Thirteen years married to her college sweetheart and four kids later, this Lakelander has sought to capture the familiar struggle of balancing passion with personal life through this original piece.

 

Winning Theatre Tampa Bay‘s award for “Outstanding Featured Actress” in October, Barber is elated to return to the Tampa theatre scene with this poignant, raw, honest piece. Joining Barber in this two person show is Lakeland-based morning radio show host, Christopher Roden playing the painter’s husband.

 

Masterwork features artwork from painter Michael J. Citak and original music from Benjamin Arnold with lyrics by Jeffrey Peacock. Directed by newcomer Drew Arnold and stage management by Gail Vann. Technical direction by Dutch Salaz and costume design by Chrissy Plunkett.

 

Masterwork plays at the Silver Meteor Gallery on:

Thursday, May 11th at 9:10 pm

Saturday, May 13 at 5:05 pm

Sunday, May 14 at 3:50 pm

 

Silver Meteor Gallery is located at: 2213 E 6th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Tickets are $11 and can be ordered in advance at http://tampafringe.org/tiff/masterwork/

 

To learn more about Karissa Barber visit  www.karissabarber.com or follow her on Instagram @theactingmom. To contact Barber email karissaannbarber@gmail.com.