SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present 'The Nance'

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present ‘The Nance’

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

'Southern Tier Actors' do Much More that 'Read' this St. Patrick's Day

Southern Tier Actors Read is presenting an unusual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This year, instead of a well-known Irish play, as they have done for the past few years, they are presenting a free-wheeling vaudeville show, featuring skits, a puppet show, and of course music.  As always, it is in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum. S.T.A.R. founder Judy McMahon tells us more. http://wskg.org/audio/starirish.mp3

 

Photo credit: Southern Tier Actors Read

A Play Written in 1964 Remains Relevant Decades Later

Know Theatre is presenting ‘Dutchman’ written by Amiri Baraka when he was still known as LeRoi Jones.  It was written in 1964, but its relevance has not paled over the years, highlighting issues of today that remain overlooked and unresolved since then.  A professional African-American man and an aggressive white woman with enigmatic motives meet in a subway car and interact in seemingly unexpected ways, but it’s a dance whose steps are pre-ordained. Director Tim Gleason talks about the themes of the play. Actors Caitlin McNichol and Kymel Yard give us a look inside these very complicated characters. http://www.wskg.org/audio/dutchmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Kat D’Andrea for Know Theatre