UNCSA PRESENTS ELMER RICE’S STREET SCENE,
Performances November 6th through 9th at 7:30 pm, and November 10th at 2 pm
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The
School of Drama and the School of Design
& Production at the University of North
Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)
present Street Scene, an
authentic portrayal of daily life as
experienced by the colorful residents of
a gritty New York neighborhood in 1928.
Written by Elmer Rice and first performed in 1929, Street Scene focuses on a family, the Maurrants, and others who live in a New York City tenement building, as well as in the surrounding neighborhood. Rice paints a vivid panorama of the comedy and tragedy of the residents’ complex lives, which has endured to this day as representative of urban living.
The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929 and was adapted for film in 1931. Kurt Weill adapted it for opera in 1946.
Performances run from November 6th through 9th at 7:30 pm and November 10th at 2 pm at the Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, on the UNC School of the Arts campus, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets are $15 regular and $13 for students with valid ID. Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.
About Matt Bulluck
Matt Bulluck is an award-winning playwright, director and arts administrator who has worked for some of the nation’s leading arts organizations. In New York, he directed for the Direct Theatre, the Players Theatre, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Cubiculo, and The Juilliard School. He worked on Broadway as assistant director to Gerald Freedman on The Robber Bridegroom; on numerous productions for John Houseman’s The Acting Company; Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.; New York City Opera; and Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles. His regional work includes productions for the Pilot Theatre in Los Angeles; the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Theatre-in-the-Park in Raleigh, N.C.; and Thalian Hall in Wilmington, N.C. He served as literary manager for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, N.C., and was awarded the N.C. Arts Council’s Playwrights Fellowship. His plays have been developed by the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York, the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland and the North Carolina Playwrights Center. A graduate of the drama division of The Juilliard School, Bulluck joined the UNCSA faculty in 1997.
About Carl Forsman
Carl Forsman was appointed Dean of Drama at UNCSA in 2012. He was the founding Artistic Director of Keen Company in New York City, a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ‘sincerity’ – a home for plays which are optimistic and champion the best in humanity. In twelve years, Keen Company produced 28 plays off- and off-off Broadway. Keen Company was awarded a Special Drama Desk Award in 2005 “for moving and enlightening audiences with plays that build upon our theatrical heritage,” as well as eight Drama Desk nominations and a special Obie in 2008.
As a director, Forsman was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director for Keen’s production of The Voice of the Turtle. His production of Michael Murphy’s Sin (A Cardinal Deposed) was honored with an Obie Award for Outstanding Production. He directed plays at Keen Company by Thornton Wilder, Tina Howe, Somerset Maugham, SN Behrman, Conor McPherson, PG Wodehouse, and many others. As a free-lance director, he has worked at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New World Stages, Primary Stages, Asolo Rep, the Court Theatre of L.A., The Garter Lane Theatre of Ireland, Long Wharf Theatre, and FringeNYC. He has directed some of America’s foremost actors, including Kathleen Chalfant, Rebecca Luker, Jonathan Hogan, Lisa Emery, DB Woodside, Jack Gilpin, Jan Maxwell and Thomas Jay Ryan. Three actors under his direction have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards: John Cullum (The Conscientious Objector), Sarah Nina Hayon (rearviewmirror), and Brian D’Arcy James (The Good Thief, also Obie Award for performance). From 2006-09, Forsman served as Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, a summer professional theatre in southern Vermont. From 1998-2000, he was the literary manager for the Blue Light Theatre Company in New York.
Forsman is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Drama League Director’s Project, the Advisory Board for the Red Bull Theatre Company in New York, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a B.A. in Theater and Economics, and from the University of Minnesota with an M.F.A. in Directing. He has taught and/or directed at Middlebury College, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Florida State’s ASOLO Actor Training Program, Primary Stages Einhorn School for Theater in New York, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.
For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place,
UNCSA, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem,
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Street Scene paints a vivid panorama of the comedy and tragedy of daily life as experienced by the colorful residents of a gritty New York neighborhood in 1928. Widely praised for its naturalism, Street Scene endures for its authentic portrayal of the real lives caught up in the conflict and community equally present in urban living.
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