If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from.
In No Land's Man, Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Actor, Cary Elwes, was recently in the region for an event with Northshire Bookstore which involved a screening of the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, and a discussion of the new book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride which Elwes has co-written with Joe Layden. (The book also boasts a forward by director, Rob Reiner.)
Joe Donahue caught up with Elwes at this event and in this interview they discuss on set injuries, the re-emergence of the film almost a decade after it was released, and Elwes proves quite a good mimic.
The Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents. The Institute also provides opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers, technicians and teachers.
Comedian, writer, director and actor Dion Flynn, best known as Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show brings his brand new, autobiographical one-man show to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00pm.
He joins us along with Hubbard Hall's Executive Director, David Snider.
In its Broadway incarnation, Disney’s stage-musical of Newsies(adapted from the 1992 live-action Disney movie of the same name) was called a “stirring crowd-pleaser” by The New York Times and “an exhilarating jolt of youthful energy” by The Daily News. The show won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography and ran in New York City for more than 1000 performances.
The National Tour of Newsies started last week at Proctor’s in Schenectady, NY and we are joined by two of the tour’s leads - Dan DeLuca who plays Jack “The Cowboy” Kelly and Stephanie Styles who plays Katherine Plumber.
The Mahaiwe 2014 Gala on October 12th will honor Jane Iredale and feature a performance by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.
Star of stage and screen, Peters is likely best known for her film roles in The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven and from the stage for her Tony nominated performances in Sunday in the Park with George, Gypsy, and Follies - and her Tony Award winning turns in Annie Get Your Gun and Song and Dance. She received the 2012 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her work with her charity, Broadway Barks which she co-founded in 1999 with Mary Tyler Moore.
This year’s Woodstock Film Festival will inaugurate a new award at their Maverick Awards Gala when they present the Fiercely Independent Award to producer, actor, director, writer - Mark Duplass. We welcome him to the show and speak with him about the award, working with his brother, their new HBO show, and more.
After six years away, prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays and announce plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Retired ambassador dad, savvy mom, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her and the joys of the family reunion quickly unravel in a surprising twist.
Sr. Nancy Murray, a sibling of comic actor Bill Murray, will be in the Capital District on Saturday – September 20th - to perform her one-woman play about a nun, Sr. Dorothy Stang, who was murdered in Brazil in 2005.
Sister Dorothy was a grey-haired woman of God who spent 40 years working to protect the poor and the Amazon rainforest of Brazil until her violent death.
In the play Lake Effect by Tom Dudzick, it’s 1977 and the Pazinskis gather for an important family meeting and find themselves trapped in their own bar during Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77. With a driving ban in effect and nowhere to go, they’re forced to grapple with a mixture of both hilarious and heartfelt issues.
Lake Effect runs at Lake George Dinner Theatre through October 11th and we are joined now by actors Hillary Parker and Bryan McElroy and by Lake George Dinner Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry Rabine.