Sarah LaDuke

Producer

Sarah grew up in Saranac Lake, NY where she worked part time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college, primarily backstage as she is a truly superficial [read: bad] actress. She graduated from SUNY Albany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the producer ofThe Roundtable

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Billy Crudup's Take On Two Plays In Rep

    There is an astoundingly riveting production of Samuel Becket’s existential absurdist classic, Waiting for Godot running at The Cort Theatre on West 48th Street in New York City. That is, on the nights that an unbelievably tense and masterful production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land isn’t running in that same space. 

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ellis Paul At Caffé Lena

    Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. He helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk rock style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90's.

He is also writes folk music for kids and families and will be playing a free Little Folks Concert tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. (He’s playing a show there tonight, too. It’s sold out. )

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Beth Orton At Club Helsinki On 2/7

English folk-rock singer-songwriter Beth Orton was a pioneer of "folktronica," a style mixing elements of folk and electronica, whose pulse still can be felt in the underpinning groove of Orton's mostly acoustic music. After a six-year hiatus from recording, Orton released "Sugaring Season" last year, which was greeted with critical acclaim and superlatives such as "masterpiece."

She’ll play at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on Friday, Feb 7th at 9pm The Murphy Beds will open.

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia At The Mahaiwe

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's "Frederick"

Founded in 1972, The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is a touring children’s theatre whose productions incorporate whimsical puppets. The company has a global audience, having performed for over four million spectators on four continents.

They will perform their stage adaptation of Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch By Inch on Sunday, January 26th at 2pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA.

Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger; Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience; and the third story is about a lovable inchworm who shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. The show features an assortment of innovative puppetry styles and imaginative lighting techniques.

Jim Morrow is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Artistic Director, a position he has held since 1991.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Vassar Modfest 2014

Composer Jamie Christopherson - Vassar class of ’97

    Vassar College’s Modfest, now in its twelfth year, is a celebration of 20th and 21st century arts with a series of free programs and performances, January 23-February 7, 2014.

Modfest 2014 is organized by the Vassar College Department of Music in collaboration with the Departments of Art, Chinese and Japanese, Dance, Drama, English, Film, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, and the programs in Africana Studies, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and the Vassar College Bookstore.



All events are free and open to the public. Modfest Director Adeen Wilson and composer and Professor of Music on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair at Vassar, Richard Wilson join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil At MASS MoCA

Credit Gregory Cherin

    Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil is a survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin. The show is currently on display at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA - filling their largest gallery space with works from Patkin’s 30-year career.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed January 15, 2014

War Horse Gallops Onto The Mainstage At Proctors

    The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse gallops onto the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY tonight at 7:30.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse is a moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry.

As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan"

    Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.

Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of Hamlet, numerous characters in Saint Joan, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in Saint Joan and numerous characters in Hamlet - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.

Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.

Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on Women of Will.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 2, 2014

"Bronx Bombers" Begins Previews Next Week

Illustration by Mark Ulriksen

    Bronx Bombers is a new play from the team behind Broadway's Lombardi that follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage.

The show - written and directed by Eric Simonson - begins previews at Circle In The Square Theatre in New York City next week with Peter Scolari in the role of Yogi Berra and his real-life wife, Tracy Shayne, as Yogi’s wife, Carmen, with other accomplished actors portraying Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, and other iconic Pinstripers.

Bronx Bombers is an original project conceived and commissioned by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo. Together they bring new, original plays to the stage combining the drama of sports and entertainment through Kirmser Ponturo Group. Lombardi and Magic/Bird were the first two productions in the series - Bronx Bombers is the third.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Best of Music 2013 With Will Hermes

  "Best of" lists start popping up in November. To ensure that we're sharing the best of the entire year, we've saved our music list for the very last morning of the year.

Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone, a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, and the author of Loves Goes To Buildings on Fire.

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