NEW York Showcase of Student Talent 2001

The Fine Arts Department and Drama Society

of

Eastern Connecticut State University

present

 Lifelogues

Directed by Nora Cole

 Original Monologues by the following Student Writers:

(in order of presentation)

 

All This Time............................................................Keri Corneau

Baby Ducks...................................................................Jill Luberto

 Getting Famous..........................................................Adam Brandt

Cinnamon Buns........................................................Aaron Lathrop

 Say Goodbye..................................................Brandon Wengrzynek

Two Minutes................................................................Dan Whelton

Fifty............................................................................Ryan Cassell

 Between the Stack and the Edge.........................Ole Hermanson

Coffee, Cigarettes, and Love...............................Jesse Gumpert

The College Experience................................LaShintia Williams

 at

The Greenwich Street Theatre

New York, New York

May 24th-26th, 2001

 

  

THE PRODUCTION CREW

 

Director.......................................................................Nora Cole

Lighting Designer.........................................Shawn Wysocki

Technical Director....................................…..............Bob Ritz

Stage Manager............................................Sarah Aranowicz

Sound Technician.............................................Jeremy Ames

Lighting Board Operator..................……....Shawn Wysocki

Company/House Manager........................…Thayer Kitchen

Director of Theatre...............................Ellen Faith Brodie

 

 Lifelogues - From Page to Stage

      Nora Cole, professional actress/playwright, joined the ECSU faculty as an adjunct (Fall 2000) teaching a Special Topics course entitled “The Monologue” in which she taught students to write their own monologues based on their lives. The final Fall 2000 Harry Hope Theatre production at ECSU appropriately coined Lifelogues featured actors from the “Monologue” class performing their original works. This abbreviated version of Lifelogues  revised for the CSU Theatre-In-New York Showcase of Student Talent promises to be the creative beginning of longer works to come for our talented student writers/actors!

Lifelogues – From the Harry Hope to the Big Apple! 

     LIFELOGUES  directed by Nora Cole is being presented in an excerpted version Wednesday, May 23,rd through Saturday, May 26,th at the Greenwich Street Theatre (547 Greenwich Street) in New York City as part of the CSU Theatre-In-New York Showcase of Student Talent and Tour. Nora Cole, professional actress/playwright, joined the ECSU faculty as an adjunct Fall 2000 teaching a Special Topics course entitled “The Monologue” in which she taught students to write their own monologues based on their lives. This final Fall 2000 Harry Hope production appropriately coined Lifelogues featured actors from the “Monologue” class performing their original works. Lifelogues  promises to be the creative beginning of longer works to come as it mirrors the process of creating Nora Cole’s Olivia’s Opus which took shape over many years of journal writing culminating in variations of shorter and longer monologues.

     Nora Cole most recently performed with Rinde Eckert in AND GOD CREATED GREAT WHALES  which was heralded by the New York Times as “pure magic!” Ms. Cole also appeared as the Nightclub Singer in the New York Shakespeare Festival Broadway production, ON THE TOWN.  Other outstanding credits include the role of Anita opposite Gregory Hines in JELLY"S LAST JAM on Broadway and a reprise of the role opposite Maurice Hines in the national tour for which she was nominated for Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award. She was also in the Broadway company of Vinnette Carroll's YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD as Singing Mary with Patti LaBelle. Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include THE COLORED MUSEUM and LOVE LANGSTON at the Hartford Stage Company where she was nominated for the Connecticut Critic's Award for her performance; Second Stages' THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME at the Minetta Lane Theatre; JOE TURNER"S COME AND GONE, Studio Arena; AVENUE X, O'Neill Theatre Center; Elizabeth Swados' GROUNDHOG , Manhattan Theatre Club; and TAMER OF HORSES, Penquin Repertory Theatre. Additional highlights as a veteran company member of Vinnette Carroll's Urban Arts Corp and the Vinnette Carroll Repertory Company include the title role of Medea in Robinson Jeffers'  MEDEA and the Broadway bound Kennedy Center production, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER I'LL SKATE. Television appearances include The Cosby Mystery Movie; most of the New York soaps; the pilot, H.E.L.P. along with numerous commercials and radio voice overs. She has also performed for New York Public Radio's Selected Shorts series. Internationally, she reprised her role in ...BOX WITH GOD at Theatre Mogador in Paris and THE NIGHT STRUT at Le Cabaret in Monte Carlo. She performed the role of Coretta in I HAVE A DREAM in festivals in Brighton and Birmingham, England and the 1989 National Black Theatre Festival; and has toured Norway, Japan, and Northern Italy with the Canaan Gospel Ensemble.

     Tickets may be reserved at the Box Office by calling (212)255-3940 or may be purchased at the door. Admission is free for CSU students, faculty and staff; $6 for Alumni; $12 for the General Public.