Schooltime Performances

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Past Events

Guy Davis with his guitar

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Virtual Event

Join us for a truly inspiring and joyous program of music with Guy Davis, in his show Routes of the Blues. Acclaimed artist, Guy Davis, has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor (film, TV and Broadway), author and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. This show introduces the history of the Blues and demonstrates its different styles, rhythms and story themes.
 
Grades: 5 - 9
Barron Ryan in sunglasses pointing at the camera while sitting in front of a piano.

Thursday, May 13th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Acclaimed pianist Barron Ryan will share three lessons from his performance career, through inspirational stories and musical selections that will outline a blueprint audiences can use to create their own destined plan for greatness. He will dispel the notion that leaders were born for their success, as well as equipping the audience with tools they can use, in order to form their own tales of triumph.

(Grades 6-12)

Kelvin Grullon Acting

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Virtual event with a recorded performance and live post-show talkback

Literature to Life stage presentation
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO 

Based on the novel by Junot Diaz
Adaptation and Direction: Elise Thoron
Performed by Kelvin Grullon

*It is our goal to share arts programming with our community. We thank you for any support you are able to give. 

This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien. Growing up in Paterson, he obsesses over fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Despite the endless taunting from friends, family, and foes, Oscar remains true to himself, as the family curse declares its power and the violence of Oscar's family history collides with his present. 

Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience, and through this 60-minute exploration of brotherhood, fantasy stories, and what it means to be a “Dominican man”, we come to understand the culture of fear and violence that resulted from Trujillo's 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.

Kelvin Grullon is a Dominican American actor from Washington Heights, NYC. He is a multi-talented artist with a passion for storytelling, often working as a filmmaker, producer, spoken word performer, and DJ.  He has starred in theater projects (She Hates Coffee, Room28 Comedy and King Lear), film (La Tierra, No More Lonely People), voiceover (Corner Wolves), and new media works (Guap, DominicanYork). 

Appropriate for high school and college ages
Study guide available upon request.

Actor Performing
A Photo of Actor in Latehomecomer

Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.
Virtual event with a recorded performance and live post-show talkback

Literature to Life stage presentation of
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
By Kao Kalia Yang
Performed by Gaosong Heu
Adapted by Aurea Tomeski & Elise Thoron

Directed by Elise Thoron
Based on the novel The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, © 2008, published by Coffee House Press

 

Free admission with RSVP.

Reserve Tickets

Told with the immediacy of the author as a young girl, born in the Ban Vinai Refugee camp in Thailand, Kao Kalia arrives in the US when she is six. The story follows her journey from a quiet, reticent student struggling to speak English while facing racial discrimination, to a self-empowered young woman claiming her voice to tell the untold story of her people. In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand, finally emigrating to America; but lacking a written language of their own. 

Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death - the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others - The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to her remarkable grandmother whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.

Gaosong V. Heu is a Hmong American performance artist, musician, vocalist, published writer, educator, and traditional Flower Singer, Gaosong has over 15 years of training in Western Classical music, as well as training in traditional styles of Hmong folk music. The performance tells a universal story of immigration, through the specific lens of this ancient culture inextricably bound to the history of the war in Vietnam.

“I fell from the clouds into my grandmother’s hands.”

Appropriate for elementary, middle, high school, and college ages
Study guide available upon request.

 

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