Genesee Center for the Arts Announces Calendar of Events for 17th Theatrical Season

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the calendar of events for its 17th season at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Fall 2008 performances at the Stuart Steiner Theatre include the following Lobby Art Gallery exhibitions:

•Details: An Intimate Look at Western New York: August 18 through September 26 – an exhibit of photographs by Le Roy, NY artist Darrick J. Coleman. Opening reception will be Thursday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. A breathtaking collection of photographs that captures the seasonal changes of Western New York by focusing on the often overlooked details of landscape and life. (For more information contact Darrick Coleman at 585-318-0527).

•SCAPES: September 29 through November 7 – featuring mixed media drawings, including the use of coffee as a drawing material, by Honeoye Falls artist Masha Ryskin. Opening reception will be Tuesday, September 30 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. An exhibit that deals with the fragmented landscape as a metaphor for history, memory, and a sense of space alluding to the mundane and the everyday ritual.

•Glass Manipulation: November 10 through January 9 – presents vignettes of glass manipulations, 19th century through the present, by Batavia natives and artists Lance and Amanda Taylor from O-AT-KA School of Glass. Opening reception will be Thursday, November 13 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Live performances at the Genesee Center for the Arts begin with MINDGAME, a thrilling psychodrama by Anthony Horowitz. Mindgame is the story of a prominent novelist and author of true crime stories as he enters a secluded mental asylum to interview a notorious serial killer. Facing an unwelcoming doctor, a meddlesome nurse, and a missing hospital staff, the author stumbles into a nightmarish world of murder and deception, discovering that nothing is quite what it seems. A play full of twists and turns, one question is presented to the audience: Dare you play? As the London Evening Standard stated, Mindgame “probes the terror of madness while exhibiting roguish love for the macabre.” Performance dates are October 16, 17, and 18, 2008 at 7:30 PM, and October 19, 2008 at 2:00 PM.

General admission ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for senior citizens, students and Genesee faculty, $2.00 for Genesee students with a valid ID.

TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) THEATRE FESTIVAL, an annual festival that includes workshops, demonstrations, and performances, arrives at Genesee Community College this fall. Featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Robert Forster as this year’s Festival Celebrity Chair, TANYS nurtures and supports the growth of all aspects of the craft of theatre, enriching theatrical experiences for participants and audiences across the state. For more information visit www.tanys.org. The festival takes place November 21 through November 23, 2008.

Contact Genesee Center for the Arts or TANYS office at 585-315-7576 for a schedule of performances and ticket prices.

PUSH PHYSICAL THEATRE comes to Genesee for the very first time on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 8:00 PM. Hailing from Rochester, NY, Push has been called a cross between fine art sculpture and The Matrix. Athletic and entertaining, this theatre of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment. A national company who has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and England, Push Physical Theatre is “all about the stories. The narratives of our lives played out with hope, strength, and optimism. Once you’ve experienced Push you will know the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.” For more information visit www.pushtheatre.org.

General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens, students (with valid ID) and Genesee faculty.

Entering its 62nd season, the GENSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA continues to present programming for the enrichment of the community through high quality performances, educational opportunities, guest artists, and partnerships. Concert #1: Inspiring will be Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM. Concert #2: Exciting will be Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 4:00 PM. For more information visit www.geneseesymphony.com.

General admission ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for students (18 and under and Genesee students with valid ID). Tickets are also available through GO ART! at 585-343-9313 and Roxy’s Music Store at 585-343-7222.

A preview of the upcoming spring season includes a performance by Otis Taylor, arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time, on Saturday, February 7, 2009; a presentation of The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria from March 25, 2009 through March 27, 2009; a performance by Stone Row that weaves a rich tapestry of Celtic and World music on Saturday, March 28, 2009; a continuation of Genesee Symphony Orchestra’s 62nd season with two more performances; and other exciting productions yet to be announced. Look for a full spring schedule soon.

For more ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only, credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

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