Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents The Diverse, Contemporary 2004 Fall Fringe Festival

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
September 29th, 2004

Contact: Amy Corcoran, 617/353-7293 | amycorco@bu.edu

(Boston)— The eighth annual Fall Fringe Festival presented by the Boston University School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre Arts begins on Thursday, October 14 and continues through Sunday, November 7.

A celebration of unconventional repertory, the Fringe Festival brings together artists and audiences for an up-close and personal experience in the 100-seat Studio 210 in the Boston University Theatre. In a second year of creative partnership, the School of Theatre Arts joins the Opera Institute in artistic collaboration to present workshop performances of Neal Bell’s play “Thérèse Raquin,” a story adapted from Emile Zola, Richard Wargo’s one-act opera “Ballymore Part One: Winners,” and Philip Glass’ one-act opera “Galileo Galilei.” All three works evoke the creative theme “Breaking Bonds: Artistic Response to Repression,” that was chosen by the directors of CFA’s schools of Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts as a focus for student work this academic year.

“Historically, artistic expression has been among the most powerful representations of a yearning for social change,” said Jim Petosa, director of the School of Theatre Arts. “The theme will help to illustrate and illuminate that idea to students within the programs.”

Sharon Daniels, director of Opera Programs, initiated The Fringe Festival in 1997 with the goal of cultivating a broader audience for opera. By presenting one-act operas with minimal sets and costumes, bringing artists and audience members together in a small performance space, and setting ticket prices at just $5, the Fringe Festival audience has grown steadily, resulting in sold-out audiences the past three years. Again this year, the festival will include a full-length play presented by the School of Theatre Arts. with the goal of broadening the artistic appeal and offerings of the festival. The schedule is such that on several nights of the Festival theatregoers will be able to see one of the one-act operas and the full-length play in succession.

“Thérèse Raquin” is set in 19th century Paris, where a woman struggles in a loveless marriage and deals with the effects of overwhelming repression. the Los Angeles Times says Bell’s expressionistic adaptation of Zola’s masterwork is “both allusive and bold.” “Ballymore Part One: Winners” is the story of two young lovers in Ireland on a sunny day that ends in tragedy. And “Galileo Galilei,” offers a view into the life of the brilliant scientist in reverse, from his days on the brink of death to the young man who invented the telescope.

Performance schedule

Thérèse Raquin
By Neal Bell, adapted from Emile Zola
Directed by Jim Petosa

Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm
Friday, October 15, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 16, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 17, 7:00pm
Friday, October 22, 8:00pm
Saturday, October 23, 8:00pm
Thursday, October 28, 7:30pm
Friday, October 29, 8:00pm
Friday, November 5, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 6, 8:00 pm

Ballymore Part One: Winners
One-act opera with music and liberetto by Richard Wargo
Based on the stage play Lovers by Brian Friel
Dorothy Danner, guest stage director
Allison Voth, music director

Friday, October 22, 6:00pm
Saturday, October 23, 6:00pm
Sunday, October 24, 3:00pm
Saturday, October 30, 6:00pm
Sunday, October 31, 3:00pm

Galileo Galilei
One-act opera by Philip Glass
Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein
James Marvel, guest stage director
William Lumpkin, music director

Saturday, October 30, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 31, 6:00pm
Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 6, 3:00pm
Sunday, November 7, 6:00pm

Theatre and ticket information

The Boston University Theatre, Studio 210 is located at 264 Huntington Avenue. Tickets for the Fringe Festival are $5 for the general public and free to Boston University students with ID. Further information and tickets are available through the BU Theatre Box Office at 617-933-8600 or http://www.BostonTheatreScene.com.

The Boston University School of Music Opera Institute is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. The program is now led by Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels and a team of colleagues: Music Director and Conductor William Lumpkin, Artistic Advisor Phyllis Curtin, Principal Coach Allison Voth, Coach Jeffrey Stevens, and distinguished members of voice and theatre arts faculty, guest artists and staff.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1950, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the entertainment industry. Notable School of Theatre Arts alumni include the actors Jason Alexander, Michael Chiklis of FX Network’s “The Shield,” Geena Davis, Olympia Dukakis, Faye Dunaway, Julianne Moore, and Brad Oscar, who currently stars as Max Bialystock in Broadway’s smash success “The Producers.” Other notable alumni are theatrical producer Stewart Lane, whose hit “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” received six Tony Awards; Andrew Lack, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment; public television producer and creator of “This Old House,” Russell Morash; playwrights Craig Lucas and Martin Sherman; and theatre and film production designer Wynn P. Thomas, whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind,” “Analyze This,” and “Malcolm X.”

The Boston University College of Fine Arts is a professional school within a major research university, offering artistic training for the profession in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students receive a comprehensive liberal arts education at BU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. For further information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa.

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