Genesee Center for the Arts Announces Spring 2004 Calendar of Events

The Genesee Center for the Arts is pleased to present its Spring 2004 Calendar of Events. The theatrical events build upon the theme of "one-act plays" which began in the Fall of 2003 and continue with selections from Mark Twain, Frank Stockton, and Jules Feiffer, and two musical events explore and celebrate the diversity of two distinct musical genres. All events, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College.

Neo-futurists perform at Genesee Friday, February 13, 2004
Neo-futurists perform at Genesee
Friday, February 13, 2004

The season begins Friday, February 13, 2004 with the Neo-futurists. Originally created as an ensemble to perform a specific show, Chicago-based Neo-futurists have grown to become one of the most highly regarded experimental theatre companies in the country. "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each short play is written by a performer, perfected by the ensemble and presented along with 29 other pieces through high energy audience participation. "Too Much Light?" has been running continuously since 1988, making it the longest running show in Chicago today. Its most recent local production was at Rochester's GeVa Theatre in 2002.

The third installment in our year-long homage to one-act plays features the short play, "Everyman" presented by the Forum Players on February 20, 21, and 22. First printed in 1495 and totaling a mere 900 lines, it is the best known surviving example of medieval drama. The play portrays a complacent "everyman" who is informed by Death of his approaching end. Chronicling the hero's journey from despair and fear to acceptance, "everyman" learns that he can take nothing from this world which he has received, only that which he has given, which is the prelude to redemption. "Everyman" will be presented in Reader's Theatre under the gothic arches of St. James' Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, NY, and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Arts at St. James'.

The name "Kilbrannan" has become synonymous with Celtic music in the Western New York area. Formed six and a half years ago by performers from diverse musical backgrounds, the quintet performs a seamless fusion of traditional and contemporary music. Indeed, local pub-goers are familiar with their inimitable arrangements of old classics and captivating originals and have helped to create a large and loyal fan base across the Northeast. Kilbrannan will be appearing for one performance only on Friday, March 26.

The Stuart Steiner Theatre plays host to another musical event on Friday, April 16. Multi-talented bluesman Guy Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues by bringing them to a wide audience through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories and his own powerful, original songs, stories, and performance pieces. Davis is a self-taught guitarist and learned by listening to and watching other musicians. He is not only an accomplished six- and twelve-string guitarist, but is equally proficient on the banjo, blues harp, washboard and the digeradoo. Pulse magazine calls Davis "one of a handful of young blues dingers keeping the acoustic tradition vital. Guy Davis combines gravelly vocals, soulful down-home sensibilities and impressive guitar skills."

April marks the final installment in the year-long tribute to the one-act play with Jerome Bock and Sheldon Harnick's 1966 trio of one-act musicals, "The Apple Tree". Best known for their blockbuster hit, "Fiddler on the Roof", these plays draw on short works by Mark Twain ("The Diary of Adam and Eve"), Frank R. Stockton's jealousy fable ("The Lady or the Tiger?"), and Jules Feiffer's modern-day fairy tale ("Passionella"). The one-acts are quirky and comic in tone and provide a wide canvas for the Forum Players to display their acting and musical skills.

Tickets for all events are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and senior citizens, and $2.00 for Genesee students with a current ID. Half-season tickets are available. For more information, please call the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.