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posticon Throw Pitchfork at the Kitchen

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Lesley Greene Print
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Kitchen Theatre Company continues its 2016-17 season and gets spring started with a provocative and moving one-person play, Throw Pitchfork, written and performed by Alexander Thomas. Throw Pitchfork begins previews on April 23, opens on April 27, and closes on May 7, 2017.

In Throw Pitchfork, writer/performer Alexander Thomas explores two generations of men in his African American family. It is an edge-of-your-seat story of a family's struggles and successes, told with humor - and full of surprises. At the root of the story is Willie Thomas, who escapes the south and settles in Albany, New York. He fights demons of alcohol and anger, and he fathers four sons: Sammy, Jesse, Cleve, and the youngest, Alex. Each of his children inherits and deals with their father's torments in his own way-Sammy through hard drugs, Jesse through petty crime, Cleve through the arts. Alex, the youngest, becomes a writer and actor and searches for self-definition as he attempts to both emulate and separate himself from his brothers and father.

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posticon Savoyards Presents The Sorcerer

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Savoyards Ithaca Print
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Savoyards Ithaca will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer in the third-floor Martha Hamblin Hall at the Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA): 7:30 PM Saturday, May 6 and 2:00 PM Sunday, May 7. Tickets ($15 for general admission, $10 for students) are available at the door or online at www.savoyardsithaca.org.

Celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, The Sorcerer—Gilbert and Sullivan's first full-length work—both mocks and celebrates English provincial life. Sullivan's score blends British church and country music and German and Italian opera, while Gilbert's satire on classism, commercialism, and nativism speaks to our modern post-Brexit era.

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posticon Baltimore Confronts Racial Tensions On College Campuses

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Lindsey White Print
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A racist caricature drawn on a freshman dorm room door is the catalyst that precipitates intense discussions and confrontations about race in Baltimore. The play by Kirsten Greenidge, which runs April 28–May 6 at Cornell's Schwartz Center, references true events, including the riots in Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland.

Central to the play is Shelby, a resident adviser at the New England college where one of her residents is the target of the racist drawing. The incident challenges Shelby, played by Chisom Awachie '17, to reexamine her complacent naiveté about living in a post-racial society.

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posticon Civic Ensemble Presents 'She Persists'

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Godfrey Simmons Print
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Civic Ensemble, in collaboration with The Lehman Alternative Community School, presents She Persists, a devised performance using personal narratives from women-identified members of the Ithaca community. She Persists is the culmination of a yearlong workshop aimed at creating a 'community of women.' Using the template of consciousness-raising groups that sprung out of the Women's Movement, the women's performance workshop creates a safe space for women to talk about their personal lives and socially relevant issues. From these conversations, participants shape their stories into an interwoven performance.

She Persists is Civic Ensemble's penultimate play of the season, contributing to a year of performances that have unapologetically dealt with issues surrounding oppression, black lives, corruption, gentrification, and misogyny. She Persists complements a year of women-centered events in Ithaca, including Sue Perlgut's Women's Wisdom Project, The Bad and Nasty Political Cabaret, the Ithaca Women's March, Tompkins County Legislature's proclamation that 2017 is the "Year of the Woman," and Civic Ensemble's upcoming co-production of 4 Plays - 100 Years with The Cherry, Hangar Theatre, and Kitchen Theatre Company.

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