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News: November 2012

Theater and Dance News

Please visit the Lively Arts Calendar for the most up-to-date information on music, theater, art, and dance events presented by the College of Fine Arts. Departmental events for current faculty and students can be viewed on the individual department and program pages.

Boda-Sutton Receives Service Award From Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Association

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Holly Boda SuttonDance Professor Holly Boda-Sutton continues to rack up the awards from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (PSAHPERD). Her latest recognition, the Ethel G. Encke Service Award, comes to Boda-Sutton for her years of service and execution of leadership roles. She will receive the award on December 1, 2012, at the association’s annual convention at Seven Springs Resort in Champion, Pa.

According to association President Kimberley Razzano, “Boda-Sutton will be commended for being an outstanding role model, leader, and advocate.”

Boda-Sutton will also oversee the IUP Dance Theater Company, invited to perform for opening and closing ceremonies of PSAHPERD’s annual convention. Eight select dancers will perform selections from the dance company’s repertoire.

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Alumnus Brandon Burk Making News in Las Vegas

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Theater alumnus Brandon Burk (’02) is making news in Las Vegas with his upstart production of Sweeney Todd.

Brandon excelled in the MFA program at University of Nevada Las Vegas after graduating from IUP with loads of musical theater experience, including a leading role in A New Brain, directed by faculty emeritus Ed Simpson.

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Wisnicki’s Livingstone Discovery is Subject of Dramatic Interpretation

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Poster: The Livingstone ProjectJeannie-Marie Brown, Department of Theater and Dance, heard about a research discovery by Adrian Wisnicki of the English Department, and her imagination fired up. The result is a new research collaboration between Brown and Wisnicki that will be brought to life December 6–8, 2012, in Waller Hall, presented by Theater-by-the-Grove.

The Livingstone Project is an exciting new dramatic work about David Livingstone, the celebrated Victorian abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa. The play examines the intricacies of David Livingstone’s life through a dramatic interplay of historical text, movement, song, and dance. The subject of the work, David Livingstone, remains a figure of international interest; the production explores Livingstone’s relationships firsthand and incorporates various perspectives and impressions of his life. We invite audience members to experience Livingstone’s world from various perspectives—to consider the ethical choices and moral dilemmas that Livingstone faced as one of the world’s greatest African explorers.

The Livingstone Project is funded in part by the University Senate Research Committee Small Grants Program, and is a Think Tank Theatre and IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture production.

The project is part of the international events being organized this year and the next to mark the Livingstone bicentenary. The script for the work has been devised and directed by Professor Jeannie-Marie Brown. The script is based on the research of Adrian Wisnicki of the English Department, who also served as literary and historical advisor for the script.

Performance dates are December 6–8 at 8:00 p.m. in the Waller Hall Mainstage. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

This play contains adult content, issues, language, and situations to which some audience members may object. Not suitable for children.

Free Reading of New Play, “Spark,” by Obie-Winning Playwright

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Obie-winning playwright Caridad Svich’s new play, Spark, will be given a reading Friday, November 9, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Waller Hall’s Studio Theater. Admission is free.

The event is part of a grass-roots nationwide reading of the play scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day and the presidential election. Spark is a play about three sisters, one of whom is a war veteran, living in a poor area of the U.S. and caught in a recent war’s aftermath. Svich’s production alliance, NoPassport, seeks to use the reading as an occasion to honor veterans of wars recent and past, as well as to shed light on the stories of female veterans.

For additional information on NoPassport and their projects, visit NoPassport.

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