Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community.
The Theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre/Ailey II, Cedar Lake Ensemble and Na-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Theater has also been the site of many television and film specials including A&E’s Live by Request, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Robert Klein in Concert and VH1’s Soundtrack Live. Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community.
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
| Open: 12/07/10 Close: 12/11/10
John Jay College and the APACHE Project will present Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets).
Dana Tarantino directs Stephen Sondheim’s riveting masterpiece — a story of obsession and revenge, lush songs, and Grand Guignol gore and melodrama. It’s a captivating story of betrayal, vengeance, madness, and murder. When Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, returns to London after years of wrongful imprisonment, he vows to take revenge on the malevolent judge who destroyed his life. He schemes with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising culinary accomplice, and his descent into ruthless retribution and madness begins. Sondheim's score to Sweeney Todd is one of his most complex to date, relying heavily on counterpoint and rich, angular harmonies.
The production features a multi-talented cast of 29 from John Jay and the other participating colleges of the New York Arts Program from New York to Santa Fe. The cast is joined by some special guest artists, such as Broadway actress Meghan Duffy (Mrs. Lovett), Chandler Bishop (Sweeney Todd), and noted soprano Janet Momjian (Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker). Other guest artists include: Douglas Manes as (Judge Turpin).
Tarantino’s creative team includes Nicholas G.M. Ross (conductor/musical director), Jad Bernardo (vocal director), Julia Noulin-Merat (set design), Lucrecia Briceno (lighting design), and Joanne Haas (costume design).
Performances run December 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, at 8:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday matinee (December 8) at 2:00 PM at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets).
General admission is $20, and $10 for college students with a valid ID. Tickets can be obtained at the door on performance nights or by making reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-695-6908.
About the APACHE Project:
SWEENEY TODD marks the third APACHE Project at John Jay College. APACHE is the acronym for Arts Partnership and Collaborative in Higher Education, and is a collaborative initiative between John Jay College and the colleges participating in the New York Arts Program. The APACHE Project is designed to promote a collaboration of performing artists from diverse communities while creating an arts in education program that fosters cultural diversity. In 2007, APACHE presented the 50th anniversary of West Side Story; and in 2009, Stephen Guirgis’ The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot.
|The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
| Open: 04/21/09 Close: 04/25/09
John Jay College and the APACHE Project will present The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 899 Tenth Avenue.
Dana Tarantino directs this compelling and complex look at the conflict between divine love and the existence of free will. Set in Downtown Purgatory, a time bending world where troubled souls wait to be permanently assigned to either Heaven or Hell, Judas Iscariot stands trial for committing the world’s most infamous betrayal. As some famous saints and sinners take the witness stand, a feisty defense attorney desperately tries to spare her client the sentence of eternal damnation. Guirgis’ play is a moving and soul-searching look at the consequences of choice, faith, guilt, and redemption. Adult themes and language.
The talented and multi-cultural 39 member cast includes David Paarlberg (Judas), Victoria Hervas (St. Monica), Langston Belton (Pontius Pilate), Isaac Bush (Satan), Rosie Pignataro (Mother Teresa), Ryan Eustace (Judge Littlefield) and Chelsea Kilburn (Cunningham) and Michael Fudge (El-Fayoumy).
Tarantino’s creative team features Julia Noulin-Merat (set design), Lucrecia Briceno (lighting design), Joanne Haas (costume design) and Susan Smale (sound design).
Performances run April 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, at 8:00 p.m. General admission is $10, and student admission is $5 with a valid I.D. Tickets can be obtained at the door on performance nights or by making reservations at email@example.com or by calling 212-695-6908.
|West Side Story
| Open: 12/04/07 Close: 12/08/07
In 1957, the Jets and the Sharks fought their turf war on the streets of Hell's Kitchen. Now, a half Century later, and still in Hell's Kitchen, John Jay College is proud to present its 50th anniversary production of West Side Story at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater on
December 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th at 8pm.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is the tale of young lovers caught between the cultural tension and violence brewing on the streets of New York City as working-class white youth and Puerto Rican immigrants sought to carve out a turf and identity they could call their own. Through the years clashes between different ethnicities change, but the story remains timeless, and its message about gang violence still resonates today in cities throughout the country.
In the true collaborative spirit of the original production, the West Side Story cast, orchestra, and crew will consist of over 100 students chosen from John Jay College as well as from other participating colleges from Ohio to New Mexico. Dana Tarantino directs, musical direction by Nicholas G.M. Ross, set design by Art Rotch, lighting design by Lucrecis Briceno, and features performances by Adam Sansiveri, Abby Lee, Heather Revfram, Buenaventura Rodriguez.