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Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College

Announces 2019/2020 Season

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College announces its 2019-20 Season of music, theatre, dance, opera and more, a season spanning genres and cultural influences, rich in imagination and ideas.

 

Season Highlights:

  • World Premieres by choreographers Abdul Latif and Amanda Selwyn, 

  • A collaboration by jazz greats Vijay Iyer (pianist) and Wadada Leo Smith (trumpeter),

  • The World Premiere of Barbara Hammond's play Terra Firma, directed by Shana Cooper (TFANA) with Andrus Nichols

  • The World Premiere of Blood Moon, an opera-theatre work by Garrett Fisher (composer) and Ellen McLaughlin (librettist) and Rachel Dickstein (director), co-presented with PROTOTYPE and the Japan Society

 

2019/2020 Season:

Terra Firma *World Premiere*

September 27 - November 10, 2019

Co-presented with The COOP

In a not-so-distant Beckettian future, years after The Big War, a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation, sparring with the concepts of what makes a citizen, a country and a civilization. The play is inspired by real life events: In the 1960's a retired army major in the United Kingdom claimed an abandoned aircraft platform in international waters off the coast of Essex as a sovereign nation, planted his flag, declared his wife Princess and their motto E Mare Libertas! 'From the Sea, Freedom!" Written by award winning New Dramatist resident Barbara Hammond, and directed by Shana Cooper (Princess Grace Award), Terra Firma was originally commissioned by The Royal Court, Britain's premier company for cultivating new plays. The COOP is a new company founded by established New York artists Andrus Nichols (Bedlam's Saint Joan, Sense & Sensibility; "I'm beginning to think she can do anything." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times) and Kate Hamill (Playwright of the Year -2017 - The Wall Street Journal, author of Sense & Sensibility, Vanity Fair, Little Women).

 

Der Freischutz

By Carl Maria von Weber

Directed by Louisa Proske

Original musical arrangement by Daniel Schlosberg 

Co-presented with Heartbeat Opera

December 4-15, 2019

Heartbeat Opera the "pioneering company" (The New York Times) behind ground-breaking productions of  Fidelio and Carmen, brings its trademark vision to a classic opera, making it a radical, immersive re-imagining of the twisted fairy tale about a deal with the devil and seven magic bullets that cannot miss their target. The production features a stellar cast of singers and Heartbeat's distinctive "ingenious rearrangement" (The Wall Street Journal) of Weber's Romantic score arranged by Daniel Schlosberg.

 

Blood Moon -World Premiere opera-theater collaboration, presented by BPAC, PROTOTYPE Festival and Japan Society

January 9 - 18, 2020

Music: Garrett Fisher

Libretto: Ellen McLaughlin

Director: Rachel Dickstein

 

Amanda Selwyn

Hindsight: 20th Anniversary Program

March 5 - 7, 2019 at 7:30pm

Supported by CUNY Dance Initiative

Featuring an interactive lobby installation and a composite evening of performances.  With a focus on reflection and memory, the work will reference motifs and signature structures from two decades of richly layered repertory, by a choreographer known for "Distinctive, off-kilter elegance" - The New Yorker, as well as featuring a World Premiere exploring the growth possible from looking back at history.  Hindsight will feature eight Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre dancers, and long-time collaborators Anna-Alisa Belous (Costume/Scenery), Dan Ozminkowski (Lighting), Joel Wilhelmi (Sound), Zachary Ludescher (Projection).

 

dwb (driving while black) 

Chamber Opera by Susan Kander (music) and Roberta Gumbel (soprano/libretto) with New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello & Michael Compitello, percussion)

March 19-21, 2020

"Singers are storytellers," says soprano/librettist Roberta Gumbel ("silver voiced..." - The New York Times), "but rarely do we get the opportunity to help create the stories we are telling." Collaborating with Susan Kander ("A composer of vivid imagination and skill." - Fanfare) and the cutting-edge cello/percussion duo New Morse Code ("Clarity of artistic vision and near-perfect synchronicity.." - icareifyoulisten.com), this brief, powerful music-drama documents the all-too-familiar story of an African-American parent whose "beautiful brown boy" approaches driving age as, what should be a celebration of independence and maturity is fraught with the anxiety of "driving while black."

 

Abdul Latif

Foray

March 26 -28, 2020

Supported by CUNY Dance Initiative

Foray is an evening-length concert of dance performance choreographed by Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow and Inaugural Lincoln Center Institute Artist-in-Residence Abdul Latif to an eclectic array of arranged instrumental music and self-composed rhythm percussion remixes. The program marks the premiere of D2D/T, Mr. Latif's artist collective and will showcase the virtuosic range of his technical vocabulary and work by extraordinary collaborators including dancers Indiana Woodward (NYCB), Calvin Royal III (ABT), Glenn Allen and Línda Celeste Sims (Alvin Ailey), composer/conductor Ron Wasserman, fashion designer Peter Hidalgo.  It presents four original works: Eyespot (World Premiere), Feelin' of a Flava (World Premiere), Sounds of Sense (2016) and NEither/NeIther (2017).  

 

Vijay Iyer (piano) & Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert

April 17, 2020 at 8pm

Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013, and called "Extravagantly gifted ... brilliantly eclectic" - The New Yorker, Vijay Iyer joins forces with an equally heralded musician and composer whom he calls his hero, friend and teacher, Doris Duke Artist Wadada Leo Smith "a magisterial instrumental voice..." - Downbeat.  Their collaborations have been hailed as "both cultivated and passionate" by The New Yorker

 

Siachen

Play by Aditya Rawal

Directed by Gwynn MacDonald

April 30 - May 2, 2020 at 7:30pm

Stranded at a post between India and Pakistan, the Siachen Glacier, three Indian soldiers wait for a chopper extraction to rescue them that shows no sign of arriving.  This play by 27-year-old Aditya Rawal from Mumbai (winner New York Innovative Theatre Award for The Queen) is set on the highest battleground on earth.  The Siachen glacier, located in a disputed territory of Kashmir, has been the subject of a 35-year military conflict.  While setting out to write an anti-war play criticizing the governments for their inability to broker a truce, after spending two weeks at the base camp, Rawal found the truth more complicated. The resulting play-in-development, directed by Gwynn MacDonald ("Intelligent, absorbing... a quiet but forceful call for art to alert itself to the impact of politics." - The New York Times) explores the mistrust that lies at the root of human conflict.  

 

In addition, Baruch Performing Arts Center offers a series of classical and contemporary chamber music in the intimate and acoustically superb Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall, called "a perfect hall for chamber music" by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times. The 2019-20 series will include the New York Premiere of a song cycle by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom performed by soprano Rayanne Dupuis (NYC debut) and pianist Guy Livingston, the Met Museum ensemble-in-residence Sonnambula playings Baroque Austrian treasures, Israeli Chamber Project celebrating American immigrant composers from Korngold to Shulamit Ran, Daedalus and Clarion Quartets celebrating composer Miecyszlaw Weinberg's centenary, and much more.

 

Program details will be available at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/ in mid-summer. Tickets on sale beginning in August.

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 30 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries) and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice. 

 

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, Blessed Unrest, and The Acting Company.  Dance companies such as Caleb Teicher & Co, Dusan Tynek, Heidi Latsky Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women.  BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including artists such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, violinist Tessa Lark, cellist Joshua Roman, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner.  BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and the Aaron Diehl Trio. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2019-20 Season.

 

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents a work-in-process presentation of Siachen from April 30-May 2, 2020 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $11-$26 and can be purchased online at https://ci.ovationtix.com/1091/production/1014637.

 

Stranded at a post between India and Pakistan, three Indian soldiers wait for a chopper extraction to rescue them that shows no sign of arriving. This play by 27-year-old Aditya Rawal from Mumbai (winner New York Innovative Theatre Award for The Queen) is set on the highest battleground on Earth. The Siachen Glacier, located in a disputed territory of Kashmir, has been the subject of a 35-year military conflict. While setting out to write an anti-war play criticizing the governments for their inability to broker a truce, after spending two weeks at the base camp, Rawal found the truth more complicated.

 

This play-in-development, directed by Gwynn MacDonald ("Intelligent, absorbing... a quiet but forceful call for art to alert itself to the impact of politics." - The New York Times) explores the mistrust that lies at the root of human conflict.  The cast of Siachen includes Vandit Bhatt, Gopal Divan, Bhavesh Patel, and Levin Valayil. Sound design is by Chetan Davdra. 

 

About the Artists 

Aditya Rawal (playwright) is a writer and actor from Mumbai, India. After completing the Initiation Course in Devised Theatre and Performance at the London International School of Performing Arts in 2014, he went on to graduate from the Dramatic Writing MFA Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. His play, The Queen, was performed in New York City in 2016 and received the Best Original Script prize at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. It will premier in Mumbai in early 2020. Aditya co-wrote the screenplay of the Hindi feature film, Panipat, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, whose film, Lagaan, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Multiple short films written by Aditya have been screened at festivals around the world. Also an accomplished actor, Aditya played the lead role in the Hindi feature film titled Bamfaad, which is slated for release early next year. 

 

Gwynn MacDonald (director) has directed or produced theater, television, film and radio. Her work in television (USA Networks, MTV networks, Showtime, AMC, CBS) has received both Cable Ace and Emmy Nominations; her work in radio, the Gracie Allen Award given by AWRT. She's produced for acclaimed interactive video artist Grahame Weinbren and developed film and theater projects with novelist Gloria Naylor, as well as a children's television series for Nickelodeon. Gwynn was the assistant director for the Broadway production (and national tours) of Twelve Angry Men. She is known for her work on 17th & 18th century female playwrights, contemporary Eastern European playwrights and developing new plays some of which she's directed internationally (Colombia, Cuba).Upcoming projects include a theater event marking 50 years of coeducation at Princeton, and the short film "Girl #2" by Bekah Brunstetter based on her play which Gwynn directed for Theater Breaking Through Barriers. Additional: Drama League Directors Project; Columbia University's Arts Leadership Institute; DeGrummond Fellowship. Member: SDC; Shakespeare Society; Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab; League of Professional Theatre Women; Disability Arts NYC cohort19 advocating policy to promote Disability Arts and obstacle-free equity, diversity and inclusion. Gwynn is a mentor for Dramatists Guild Institute and studied film / theater at Princeton. 

 

Vandit Bhatt (actor) New York: Indian Ink (Roundabout Theater Company), Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater Company), Skin, Asking For Trouble, The Unusual Life of Bed Bugs and other creatures (all at The Ensemble Studio Theater), The Great Recession (The Flea Theater), Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Romeo and Juliet (Theater 2020), The Merchant of Venice(Inwood Shakespeare Festival). Regional (select): Indian Ink and The Hard Problem (both at the American Conservatory Theater), Disgraced (Denver Center for The Performing Arts and Arizona Theater Company), Animals Out of Paper (Chester Theater Company). TV: New Amsterdam, God Friended Me, Quantico, Madame Secretary, Seven Seconds, The Michael J Fox Show, Younger, Mercy, One Life To Live. Film (select): Ripped, 42 Seconds of Happiness, The Rainbow Experiment. Upcoming: Paris in Harlem. Training: University of Central Florida. Website: www.vanditbhatt.com

 

Born in Hong Kong, Gopal Divan (actor) began his classical training with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and subsequently at the prestigious Drama Centre, London. He has played on stage internationally and nationally at various theaters including the Public Theater, American Airlines, Soho Playhouse & more. He will be recurring on a new Apple+ series produced by JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles next year and has previously been seen on HBO's "Divorce" as well as a diverse range of leading roles in indies with up and coming directors. 

 

Bhavesh Patel (actor) was most recently seen in NY on Broadway as Mo in The Nap at MTC and Roland Maule in Present Laughter opposite Kevin Klein. Lincoln Center Theater: War Horse, Hayden's Seven Last Words; New York Theater: The Public, Second Stage, Roundabout, Continuum Company, CSC, New York Shakespeare Society, Red Bull, NYTW; Regional: Westport Country

Playhouse, Shakespeare Company, The Guthrie, St. Louis Rep, The Alliance, Pittsburgh Public, Merrimack Rep, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and The O'Neill Theater Institute; TV: New Amsterdam, Little America, Bull, The Blacklist, Instinct, The Code, Jon Glazer Loves Gear, Madame Secretary, Mysteries of Laura, The Good Wife, Elementary, Hostages, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest; Film: The Sound of Silence, Gold, Wilding, Two Days in NY, James White, Maiden Heist, The Weekend, You Should Have the Body; Education: Shakespeare Certificate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - London, and MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. 

 

Levin Valayil (actor) is from Sugar Land, TX and is now based out of New York City. He is fresh off of playing Mowgli in Jungle Book in Canada, around the U.S., Asolo Rep. and Pasadena Playhouse. He also recently originated the role of Gobind in the new musical Bhagin It with the La Jolla Playhouse, Dharun Ravi in the new musical Poster Boy with the Public Theater and the Williamstown Theater Festival and the role of Lottery in the new musical Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Repertory Theater. In addition, Levin played Man 1/Monty in Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Florida Studio Theater. Levin has also played Bob in the musical The Fabulous Lipitones at the New Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theater, and The Florida Studio Theater. Film credits include the short film Thoughtless. He has trained at the Steppenwolf Theater School, Boston Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. 

 

Chetan Davdra (sound design), AKA Chetz D of Chetz D Productions, is originally from the UK, Chetz D is an ensemble keyboard player, composer and producer. He has been playing Keyboard and Piano for over 15 years, worked with renowned artist from UK, India, US, and Canada. He has scored music for theatre, documentaries, narrative film, and has composed and produced singles and albums for artists from both sides of the Atlantic. Chetz D released his debut single in 2019 with renowned Bollywood playback singer Gajendra Verma on T-Series Panjab. Although having a deep passion for and roots in music from the subcontinent, Chetz D's style of music is cross genre from East to West, classical to commercial, with a focus on creating his own sounds and fusions. Now based in Jersey City Chetz D is part of the award-winning band Rhythm Tolee, which performs a wide variety of songs admixing Indian Folk and Sufi music with western sounds/music. 

 

About Baruch Performing Arts Center

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 30 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries) and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice. 

 

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, Blessed Unrest, and The Acting Company. Dance companies such as Caleb Teicher & Co, Dusan Tynek, Heidi Latsky Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women. BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including artists such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, violinist Tessa Lark, cellist Joshua Roman, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and the Aaron Diehl Trio. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2019-2020 Season.