February 26th & 27th, 2016
[Note: This is not a production by TADA! Theater.]
Articulating the Arts:
Folk City™ Scenes
™The Folk City registered trademark is used with permission.
"The entire evening was a wonderfully crafted and entertaining experience. Folk City Scenes ran for only two nights and the performance I attended was sold out. If this evening is an example of the quality of work being produced by the Articulate Theatre Company, then I strongly recommend you check them out and attend future productions."
-- Dr. Tom Stevens, Applause! Applause!
"A lovefest of theater and song, inspired by the musicians and lyrics of the 60s and 70s era, created eight new short plays. These pieces summoned their own unique take on the vibe of that memorable generation. At the evening’s conclusion, you wish to stay at this theatrical sit-in and continue to take that trip down memory lane, reveling in the glorious oneness of these new plays and folk music’s influential fusion."
-- Valerie David, Hi! Drama
How It Works
Articulating the Arts was created to help our ensemble learn more about other artistic disciplines and use the inspiration gained from that to create new theatrical works. This year, the ensemble chose FOLK MUSIC as their discipline of choice. We randomly picked 20+ folk songs from the 60s and 70s, and shared information about the artists and the songs with our playwrights (as well as some guest playwrights). They took that inspiration and created eight wonderful short plays. On February 26th and 27th, we will share these plays with the public, along with the songs that inspired them.
As well as the wonderful plays, we'll also feature live entertainment from the wonderful folk duo,
Wolf & Cantrelle!
† - ATC Company Member; ‡ - Guest Artist
Click on a name for additional info on that artist. See below for pictures of the actors!
In Transit written by Robin Rice†, directed by Brock Hill‡, inspired by City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman/Arlo Guthrie)
Cast: Carolyn Seiff† and Charlotte Hampden‡
"Sometimes a friend is all you need to stay on track."
In The Autumn Mist written by Robert Verlaque†, directed by Joan Kane‡, inspired by Puff the Magic Dragon (Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow)
Cast: Crystal Edn†, Tom Kane‡ and Phoebe Torres‡
"An argument forces a revelation that explores the collateral damage of the loss of innocence."
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace written by Kelly Zekas†, directed by Aimee Todoroff‡, inspired by Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
Cast: Joanne Dorian† and Denise Pence†
"Suzanne's son is getting married to her best friend's daughter. What could go right?"
Babe I Hate to Go written by Rhea MacCallum‡, directed by Denise Pence†, inspired by Leaving On A Jet Plane (John Denver)
Cast: Adam Perabo†, Jennifer Wilson McGuire† and Stark Wilz†
"A surprise visit in Central Park teaches Abbey a few empirical truths."
Train Rail written by Jamie Neumann†, directed by Wendy Shelton†, inspired by City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman/Arlo Guthrie)
Cast: Isabelle Dungan† and Stark Wilz†
"A woman running. A man running. Who are you to judge?"
To Every Thing There is a Season written by Bara Swain‡, directed by Eric Siegel†, inspired by Turn! Turn! Turn! (Pete Seeger)
Cast: Jill Bianchini† and Diane Terrusa†
"In the seasons of life, the weather is never what you expect."
The Betrothal written by Germaine Shames‡, directed by Cat Parker†, inspired by Folsum Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Cast: Sergei Burbank†, Lana Schwartz and Shetal Shah†
"War is absolute, death relative."
Lay Down My Sword written by Grant Bowen‡, directed by Robert Verlaque†, inspired by Study War No More (Leadbelly and various)
Cast: Ryan Daley‡ and Eric Percival†
"On the shore of the Alabama River, two soldiers discover what you fight for."