By Lucas Hnath Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
March 31 - April 9 Friday, March 31st @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1st @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee, April 2nd @ 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6th @ 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7th @ 7:30 p.m. *POST SHOW CABARET-10:00 P.M. Saturday Matinee, April 8th @ 2:00 p.m. Saturday Evening, April 8th @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee, April 9th @ 2:00 p.m.
Ten years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, THE CHRISTIANS is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide. –A Fresno Premiere!
Stage Works Fresno The Fresno ART Museum-Bonner Auditorium 2233 North 1st Street, Fresno, CA 93703
There was no pony in there, no new car, not even a stuffed animal. The box was too small for all that, but it held so much more: dreams, ideas, happiness, congratulations! And if you’re lucky, your wise new fiance tucked “Before I Do” by Elizabeth F. Schwartz in the box with your beautiful engagement ring.
So you put a ring on it, made the proposal, and now you’ve got a wedding to plan. It’s all quite exciting, but slow down a minute. If you’ve grown up thinking that this day would never come, then you might not have thought about what marriage entails.
“LGBT people,” says Schwartz, “have not lived in a world with premarital guidance for LGBT couples. We have suffered systemic exclusion.”
Just because you can be married now is no reason that you should, she points out. Yes, you’re in love, and yes, you’ve been together forever but now’s the time to be sure you know exactly what you’re in for. That starts by asking yourselves a series of difficult but important questions.
Once you’ve gotten that (perhaps uncomfortable) part out of the way, be sure that any past relationships are completely and legally finished and “do not create confusion with multiple statuses with multiple people.” Know what paperwork you need in order to proceed, and what questions you’ll be asked as you’re filling it out.
This pre-wedding period is a good time to talk to a financial expert, a tax consultant, and a lawyer. Don’t trust word-of-mouth to protect your finances; the laws in your state may horrify you, if wedded bliss goes bust. Talk about debt: how much each of you has, and how you perceive it. Educate yourself on insurance coverage, asset protection, pre-nups, and estate planning.
And if all this preparation makes you start to think that maybe marriage isn’t such a good idea after all, Schwartz says it’s okay. There are valid reasons for not taking the plunge, and there are alternatives. One of them may be a much better fit for you.
Getting engaged is such an exciting time. Putting the brakes on everything isn’t the most romantic notion, but it’s maybe the most prudent. “Before I Do” explains why.
Though she says her advice in this book is appropriate for anyone, author Elizabeth F. Schwartz focuses more on gay and lesbian couples, as well as trans individuals and their prospective spouses. She does so, in part, because she feels that they’ve only seen marriage “on the fringes.”
That somewhat sets this book apart from the thousands of other wedding-planner books on bookshelves; what really makes it different, however, is that Schwartz admits her no-nonsense words may talk prospective brides and grooms out of having a wedding. Truth: Readers who might’ve somehow taken marriage lightly before will absolutely be convinced otherwise.
“Failure to plan has terrible consequences,” says Schwartz, and this book erases that omission. Read “Before I Do,” though, and rest assured that you can toast one another smarter.
Dirty Dancing really started off on the right foot with the amazing female vocals on "This Magic Moment," sang by Chante Carmel. Right away I thought Chante you stay. The male vocalist, Jordan Edwin Andre, as Billy wasn't lacking in any way either. His talent was featured well in his solo, "In The Still Of The Night." That guy had some major air flowing through his pipes.
The choreography was full of jazzy musical theater flair. Exciting lifts, dips, lay outside and splits were performed with a sense of ease through out the performance. The female dancers, especially Jennifer Mealani Jones, who played Penny had flexible backs and beautiful legs that sensually arched and extended. Even more exciting were the unison sections which included sexy hip movements, cha cha and merengue.
The standard I held them to was the performances in the movie. I really wanted them to dance as well as Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze. Understudy Angelica Bette Fellini, who played baby, did not fully transform from awkward virgin to passionate performer, as Jennifer Gray did in the film. The actor who played Johnny Castle looked good shirtless, and was an OK dancer. He moved his hips well while ballroom social dancing and while he lead the formation in unison. His solo lacked the power that Patrick Swayze had in his performance. His coupe jete was weak and low to the stage. He could not do a double pirouette into a double tour. His singles weren't all that great because his parallel retire was too low and he lacked a nice fifth position in the air. I would have preferred "Hungry Eyes" to be a dynamic vocal and dance solo rather than a video montage. Although the digital technology was impressive through out the show.
The highlight of the night was when Baby and Johnny went to bed together, much to the audience's delight. The acting was overall very good. However when it came to the moment of truth, the lift, they fell short. They did not do it very well. Neither did the couple pictures on the program. Lisa's Hula and Besame Mucho provided much necessary comic relief. These two performers maintained the integrity of Broadway performance art.
So in the end I was a little disappointed by their final performance of the night. I would suggest that, the two lead actors spend some time in a grassy field, and pool practicing that iconic lift, that is the high mark of difficulty in the history of dance on film and stage. I am happy I watched this performance because although placed in the height of the Civil Rights movement, it still remained relevant to today's audience.
There was a time when homosexuality wasn't as well accepted as it is today. During the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and the turbulent civil rights movement in the 1970s, families of the LGBT community had to come together, and accept themselves, in order to fight for what was right.
"When We Rise" is an eight part mini-series that will air on ABC beginning February 27 through Friday March 3. This important series chronicles the history of the LBGT community, and activists within that community who paved the way for the rights and liberties the LGBT community enjoys today. The series follows the life of Cleve Jones, who was a large contributor to the AIDS quilt, and Ken Jones, who was a Vietnam veteran who addressed the issue of racial bias in the gay community. The series also follows the life of Roma Guy, who founded the San Francisco Women's Building, and Diane, who worked as an HIV/AIDS nurse at the San Francisco General Hospital. The miniseries will take all who watch it, regardless of sexual orientation, through a journey of understanding of how the LGBT community struggled through the years, and inspire others to stand up against social injustices to make the world a better place.
Guy Pearce as Cleve Jones Micheal K. Williams as Ken Jones Mary-Louise Parker as Roma Guy Rachel Griffins as Diane Ivory Aquino as Cecilla Chung Carrie Preston as Sally Gearhart Rosie O'Donnell as Del Martin Whoopi Goldburg as Pat Norman
Earlier today I watched a facebook video of the London based company warming up slowly doing modern dance technique bartnieff fundamentals. I found that interesting because I expected them to be diligently perfecting their turn out at the barre like many other ballet companies. This is not your ordinary dance company. They have dancers who have no formal training, dancers who graduated from ballet schools, and everything in between.
The first piece "Rabbit" choreographed by Pontus Lindberg, started with a soloist who had his hair in a man bun doing slow movements, and a dancer on a wood and rope swing with a rabbit head. The contemporary choreography slowed down and sped up and had inversions, falls in fourth position, and low arabesque turns. The smoothness was juxtaposed with Nijinskyesque parallel stomping, skipping, and leaping. There were animal like gestures. The most exciting dancing was when the dancers came on stage without the rabbit heads and danced and partnered in unison and canon.
The second piece "Fiction" choreographed by Javier de Frutos was performed to recorded voices infused with a cover of Donna Summer's "Last Dance." The voices saying "Catholic homosexual," "Naked man," "biggest piece of crap we have ever seen," and "received death threats," stood out to me. The idea behind this piece was de Frutos had imagined his own death due to a plastic shard falling from a set piece killing him. There was a ballet barre on stage that the dancers did classical ballet warm ups like turn in, turn out battement second, and plies and contemporary rolls, falls, and partnering. The voices may have represented the choreographer's worst criticism that could have been heard after he died.
Life 2017 was an entertaining evening length show that had simple skipping and paddle turns, and difficult inversions and partnering. It ended with a post modern back fall. It left us with the paradox that sometimes in life we think about what happens after we die
DIRTY DANCING comes to the Saroyan Theatre February 21 - 22, 2017. Ticketmaster is the official ticketing source for Broadway In Fresno and the Saroyan Theatre.
DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.
February 21 & 22, 2017 * 7:30pm * William Saroyan Theatre
Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, the opera is an intimate and touching look into everyday life in a small town.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 * 7:30pm & Sunday Matinee 3:00pm * William Saroyan Theatre
Written in 2006 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, the opera utilizes pleasant melodies and tonal harmonies to honor a time when our lives were simpler, and reminds us of the universality of being human and the necessity of companionship. A more intimate opera, this piece will be performed in the period-appropriate Veterans Memorial Auditorium as part of a daylong exhibition celebrating the history of Fresno. Music by Ned Rorem (b. 1923) Libretto by J.D. McClatchy (b. 1945) Based on the play by Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) Sung in English with English surtitles.
This company of 10 male dancers from London, founded by former Royal Ballet principal dancers, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, has been hailed as "viscerally thrilling" - The Telegraph and "a paradox of muscular impact and weightless flight" - The program Life features 2 new commissions by internationally-acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier deFrutos which are inventitve, vivid and memorable.
Friday, February 3, 2017 * 7:30pm * William Saroyan Theatre
"Compelling...Potent...Funnier than any dance I've seen in ages" The Guardian
"Rowdy and intimate, clever, funny and affecting" The Times
"The look tremendous. They are tremendous... A daring, skilled creation" Financial Times
"A powerhouse double bill... So wonderfully precise, so cleverly comedic..." The Daily Telegraph
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The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.
Sensational puppetryputs Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
Discover the golden age of circus as CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus sets to captivate audiences of all ages.
How many of us "gays" have wondered about the bisexuals in our lives? In this video from Buzzfeed, people identifying as gay sit down with people identifying as bisexual in order to better understand their unique position in the world...
The play tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo. The couple is given a discarded egg, hatch it, and raise the baby chick, Tango, as their own. Suitable for 1st graders and up. Two performance only. Limited seating. Free parking.
Proceeds benefit the BULLDOG PRIDE CLUB + BULLDOG PRIDE FUND at Fresno State.
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The Religion News Service has reported the formation of a new organization called — And I am not making this up — Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. It was launched on Tuesday and immediately began collecting signatures from evangelicals who support same-sex marriage. Its advisory board includes several evangelical luminaries: author and speaker Brian McLaren, former National Association of Evangelicals vice president Richard Cizik and former USAID faith adviser Chris LaTondresse.
Some of you may recall news articles awhile back, when Cizik resigned from his position with the National Association of Evangelicals, citing his support for same-sex civil unions.
It is immensely heartening to see significant evangelicals come to a realization that if the institution of marriage is good for society, and good for opposite-sex couples, it should be equally good for same-sex couples. This new organization is yet another expression of the growing recognition that fidelity and stability require social acceptance — that when you demonize people, when you deny them respect and equal civil rights, you are encouraging destructive behaviors.
So — you may be late to the party, Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, but we certainly welcome you.
That said, there may also be an element of self-preservation in this sudden turnaround. Over the past few years, membership in these conservative churches has been declining. Young Christians, especially, have rejected a theology that seemed to place homophobia at the very center of its belief structure.
Polling has confirmed that the demographic split that characterizes the broader American society is equally pronounced among adherents of conservative and evangelical Christianity. Not that young evangelicals are leading the charge to embrace equal rights for their lesbian, gay, bi & trans peel's, but they are demonstrably less homophobic than their elders and changing (for the better) with dizzying rapidity.