ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL GERMAN-AUSTRIAN FILM FESTIVAL: NEULAND/NEW BEGINNINGS MONDAY SEP 18 - MONDAY OCT 02 The German Department at Williams College is launching its fourth German-Austrian Film Festival starting September 18. This year, the festival's theme is Neuland/New Beginnings and the films are exploring the meaning of a fresh start in a new country, a new life, or a new sexuality. This year's line-up features three films which focus on crisis situations that result in life-changing moves. STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (Vor der Morgenröte - Stefan Zweig in Amerika) September 18, 7-9pm Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. This visually stunning and emotionally powerful film, directed by Maria Schrader and starring Josef Hader, Aenne Schwarz and Barbara Sukowa, explores what it means to be a refugee and exposes the difficult decision to speak out or remain silent in the face of tyranny. Gail Newman, Director of Arabic Studies and Harold J. Henry Professor of German at Williams College, will introduce the film. HAYMATLOZ September 25, 7-8.30pm In German and Turkish with English subtitles During the Second World War, a considerable number of German intellectuals emigrated to Turkey at the invitation of Atatürk and went on to definitively shape teaching and instruction in Turkish universities. Turkish-born filmmaker Eren Önsöz accompanies the descendants and students of these German exiles and sheds light on a memorable piece of history whose meaning is still felt to this day, as these renowned Germans played a substantial role in the Europeanization of Turkey At the same time, the documentary explores what remains of their legacy given that the Turkey of today reflects a visible reversal of Atatürk’s reforms. Helga Druxes, Chair of German and Russian and Professor of German at Williams College, will introduce the film. DIE MITTE DER WELT / Center Of My World October 2, 7-9pm Love is at the center of Phil’s world, and it’s really screwing things up for him. Whether it’s love for his slightly loony mother Glass and his fraternal twin Diane (who suddenly aren’t speaking), love for his gorgeous new boyfriend Nicholas (who may not love him back), or love for his best friend Kat (who may have eyes for Nicholas), love is making a royal mess of everything. With such adorably dysfunctional and odd people around him to set highly questionable examples, what is a gentle and trusting young soul like Phil supposed to do when all hell breaks loose? Center of my World skips gleefully from past to present, bringing Phil up to this point in his off-kilter fairytale life. It’s a bright, colorful whirl of images that reveals both fantastic patterns and a deeply human story. Joyful, funny, and sometimes sad, this film is for everyone who has ever looked for love, who has found it, or who can’t figure out exactly what to do with it....
Thousands of people wrote letters asking for advice from an anonymous online columnist named Sugar, who drew from her own life experiences to answer in a candid, often brutally honest exchange. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed. Vardalos adapts the book, weaving together the real letters to explore the monstrous beauty, unfathomable dark and glimmering light which are at the heart of being human.
JUNK is the new play from Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced. This riveting drama features Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin, a financial kingpin of the 80s whose proclamation that debt is an asset propels him to dizzying heights. JUNK breaks down the story of Merkin’s “deal of the decade” — his attempt to take over an iconic American manufacturing company changing all the rules in the process. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting everyone against themselves. This is a play about how, while most of us weren't watching, money became the only thing of real value. Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County and TV’s “Rescue Me”) leads the large cast as Robert Merkin. Director Doug Hughes (The House in Town at LCT, and Tony winner for Doubt) brings it all to life in the Beaumont with John Lee Beatty (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting), Mark Bennett (original music and sound) and 59 Productions (projections).
When January Feels Like Summer by Cori Thomas Wednesday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21 at 7:00 p.m. The Studio Theatre @ Lehman College Directed by Susan Watson Turner A fresh take on the traditional romantic comedy where transgender, homosexual, and heterosexual Harlem residents stumble toward the possibilities of being seen, being heard, and being loved one unusually warm January day.
With athletic theatricality and Marx-Brothers-inspired slapstick, the ERS ensemble brings exciting new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play’s combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief, and deliver a remarkable new show that marries the company’s unique performance style with the Bard’s exquisitely lyrical language. ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins directs.
Writer: Marc L Abbott Director: Steven Van Patten Performers: Marc L Abbott Marc L Abbott never thought he was much of a catch to anyone. He even questioned who and how he loved someone. After a heart-wrenching breakup in college, he becomes a friend with benefits to a former crush. But when that spirals out of control, he turns to a form of personal ad dating in a desperate attempt to find love. When a woman answers the ad, an unexpected series of events happen that has Marc realizing this style of loving someone wasn't always wrong. Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm Tickets $10 The Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series Fall 2017 October 2nd - October 22nd, 2017 All performances at: TADA! Theater 15 West 28th St, 2nd floor Between Broadway and 5th Avenue Curators: Paul Adams, Andrea Alton, Derek Jamison, Scott Klavan, Vanessa Shealy Younger Emerging Artists returns with their one-of-a-kind festival. Visit the theater any evening during this three-week event, and you'll find yourself transported in a number of surprising ways: by a single performer embodying a whole host of characters; by a more experimental theater piece "done differently" that challenges and delights; by a cozy two-person show exploring relationships; or perhaps by a bouncy new musical that will have you humming. Emerging Artists has always been about new works, new talents, new voices. That's never been more evident than now. NO REFUNDS will be granted.
Panther Woman is a work of historical fiction chronicling one woman's experience in the original Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey from the Jim Crow South to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s through a tale of struggle, love and hope for the future. Written and Performed by Qurell-Amani www.pantherwomantheplay.com