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Fordham Theatre Alumni Reunite for a Festival of Performances


The alumni of Fordham’s theatre program will return to campus next week for a spate of performances showcasing visual and theatrical arts crafted and performed by Fordham alumni.

Festival of Performances
Friday, July 20 through Monday, July 30
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St.

The Fordham Alumni Theatre Company provides an opportunity for Fordham theater alums to work with their former classmates and showcase their diverse talents. Photo by Gerry Goodstein

“The Fordham Alumni Theatre Company presents every summer. We have alumni as new as recent graduates, spanning up to alumni who graduated Fordham in the class of ’72,” said the company’s founder Aaron Rhyne, FCLC ’02.

“Every summer there is this unique chance when all of those artists take a break from the work they are doing and come back home to work with their fellow Fordham alumni again.”

The festival will opened on July 20 with a multimedia exhibit from Erik Zambrano, FCLC ’06, that explores cyberspace as the landscape of the 21st century. The exhibit </scape> questions whether society comprises only “users” of the collective thought housed in cyberspace, or whether dreamers still exist.

The exhibit will be on display in the Pushpin Gallery through Sunday, July 29.

The festival features readings of two new plays by Fordham alumni Brian Bauman, FCLC ’99, and Isaac Oliver, FCLC ‘05. Bauman’s A Crucible, directed by Kate Gagnon, FCLC ‘10, follows a high school’s drama club as the students attempt to stage and perform Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem witch trials.

A Crucible will be read July 26 and July 27 at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Lally Kehoe Theatre.

Slim, Dancing Joy, written by Oliver and directed by David Ruttura, FCLC ‘03, depicts a gay couple whose relationship is threatened when one of them develops feelings for a woman. The reading will take place July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. in the White Box Studio.

The festival will close with a performance of the new musical Turn of the Screw, written by Michael Kimmel, FCLC ‘99, with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini. The modern musical adaptation of Henry James’s novella tells the story of a governess hired to care for two orphans, all of whom are threatened by a series of strange events that unfold at the Hampton estate.

Turn of the Screw will debut July 28 and July 29 at 8 p.m. and July 30 at 2 p.m. in Pope Auditorium.

“This year we decided to do something different by doing readings and concerts of new projects in development to try to give our alumni artists a space to create and develop their new works,” Rhyne said.

The festival is open to the public. A festival pass, which is good for all of the events, is $15. Student and senior tickets are $12.

For more information, contact Aaron Rhyne at [email protected].

Click here for a full schedule of events.


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