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50 Theater Artists + 24 Hours = Five New Plays @ UAlbany PAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone, and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting the 24 Hour Theatre Project at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 2). Presented in collaboration with WAM Theatre and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute, the event boasts the best in theater talent from across Greater Nippertown. Given just 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform five new plays, the project combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theater.

After a two-year hiatus, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed event is back. Sponsored for three years by WAM Theatre and MopCo, the event has taken place previously at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy (2011), Shakespeare and Company’s Bernstein Theatre in Lenox (2012) and the John Sayles School of Fine Arts in Schenectady (2013). The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is this year’s host and will welcome all 50 participants on Friday (April 1) to kick off the event. Playwrights will spend the overnight hours creating new work which will be delivered to directors, actors and designers at 8am on Saturday morning leaving them less than 12 hours to rehearse before the 7:30pm curtain.

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Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

The the winter/spring 2015 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute kicks off on Thursday (January 29) with a reading by The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt.

All of the events are FREE except for the American Place Theatre production of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”

Books are available in advance of events and at the events, from the following bookstores:
the University Bookstore at UAlbany and the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Here’s the upcoming schedule of Visiting Writers Series events:

Thursday (January 29)
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
The essayist, critic and poet is an influential voice of American feminism and long-time columnist for The Nation, as well as the author of a much-talked-about new book, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” Pollitt received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Book Awards in 2010, and is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary. Her books of poetry include “The Mind-Body Problem” (2010) and “Antarctic Traveller” (1983), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Tuesday, February 3
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Lecture Center 20
The Australian novelist is one of only three writers to have received the Man Booker Prize twice – for “Oscar and Lucinda” (1988) and “True History of the Kelly Gang” (2000). His new novel is “Amnesia,” a cyber-terrorism political thriller set in a counter-historical Australia that has endured American interference in its governmental affairs.

Friday, February 6
Film screening and discussion with director Jason Osder: 7pm @ UAlbany’s Page Hall
The award-winning documentary examines the history of the escalating conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, in the mid-1980s.
Osder teaches documentary filmmaking at the George Washington University and is also the co-author of the filmmaking guide, “Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook.”


Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute Film Series

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

In addition to a series of readings by acclaimed authors, poets and journalists, the New York State Writers Institute also presents a film series. The films will be screened at UAlbany’s Page Hall in Albany on Friday evenings. Admission is free.

The series starts on Friday (February 8) with the classic “Russian Ark.”

Here’s the full line-up of movies in the spring 2013 film series:


NYS Writers Institute’s 2012 Schedule of Readings

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany has announced its 2012 schedule of readings by visiting writers and film series screenings.

The readings, seminars, performances and other events take place on the UAlbany uptown campus, unless otherwise noted. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the fall 2012 schedule:

8pm reading @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany
The newly named New York State Author Alison Lurie and New York State Poet Marie Howe

4:15 pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
Novelist, essayist and short fiction writer Paul La Farge

4:15pm reading @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room
Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão and translator Alexis Levitin


NYS Writers Institute’s Spring Slate

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Write on!

The New York State Writers Institute has announced its schedule of readings and classic films for the 2010 spring season, and not surprisingly, there are more than a few heavyweights on the slate.

Here are a few highlights:

Thursday, March 4: Short story master (and MacArthur Foundation fellowship winner) Lydia Davis @ UAlbany’s Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany

Tuesday, March 16: Cartoonist-playwright-screenwriter (and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award) Jules Feiffer @ the New York State Cultural Education Center’s Terrace Gallery, Albany

Monday, April 12: Award-winning playwright and UAlbany grad Stephen Adly Guirgis @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany

Wednesday, April 14: Booker Prize-winning novelist Michael Ondaatje and non-fiction writer Linda Spalding @ RPI’s Darrin Communication Center, Troy

Thursday, April 22: Award-winning crime novelist Walter Mosley @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany

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