Airmid events include one night performances, festivals, full productions, lectures, workshops, and even a fundraiser or two to help support Airmid's various programs which have taken place in venues around Suffolk County as well as in Manhattan.
ALL SHE WROTE READING AND DISCUSSION SERIES 2014
Three more of the exciting and intimate explorations will be presented over the course of this year. We seek out the most timely pieces so while the titles may be subject to change you can be assured that the writing is always interesting and the conversation is too!
June 9: Under Consideration: one of two plays by Ukrainian playwright, Lesya Ukrainka (a.k.a Laryssa
Kosach Kvitka) or THE SOUL by Amelia Pincherle Rosselli, Italian 1898
Sept. TBA: TRIFLES by Susan Glaspell, American 1916
A Husband. A Wife. A Murder. Who Killed John Wright? Come find out as we explore this work
based on the explosive true life story.
Oct. TBA: Title TBD
Funding for this program provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL - June 23 - August 10
Airmid returns to the newly renovated Nissequouge River State Park in Kings Park this year with our two show, 30 performance summer festival. This year's shows DUMB ANDY by Maria Edgeworth brings back to life our family series, while comedy of manners, FASHION by Anna Cora Mowatt rounds out the season as our mainstage production.
NEW THIS NOVEMBER
SHE SAID / HE SAID - Hedda Gabbler: LeGalliene vs. Granville-Barker
Over the years, critics, producers, publishers, even audiences have said, “men just write better than women.” This series examines the similarities and differences in translations of the theatrical canon, by translators of different genders. This program seeks to dispel the belief that women are not as capable as men artistically, while illuminating the differences between the female and male “voice” & point of view in theatrical works.
This first SHE SAID/HE SAID uses both live performance and film clips from productions of HEDDA GABBLER under the hand of Eva LeGalliene vs. Harvey Granville-Barker.
March 31: BARNES RAISING: An Evening of One-Acts by Djuna Barnes
Directed by Tricia McDermott
Dramaturgy by Elizabeth Bojsza
featuring Kathryn Layng* (M. Butterfly; Doogie Howser MD; New York News), with Monica Blaze Leavitt*, Nicole Intravia, Peter Evangelista and Doug Harrington*
The three short plays to be presented, KURZY OF THE SEA, TO THE DOGS, and THE DOVE, show Barnes’ wide variety of writing styles and genres-comedies and dramas; realism and surrealism-as well as her love for the Irish writers she herself revered.
The performance will begin with a short contextual presentation about the Barnes' Family's Huntington history given by poet and historical Journalist George Wallace. This will also examine the era of the plays and life of the playwright followed by a concert-style performance and concluding with an informal discussion.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
DJUNA BARNES (1892 – 1982). Journalist, illustrator and avant-garde author was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Barnes moved with her family to a farm in Huntington, NY purchased by her grandmother, who suffragist and free love advocate, in the early 1900's where she lived until the family split apart and Barnes moved with her mother to Brooklyn. After moving, Barnes studied art at the Pratt Institute, and at the Art Students’ League of New York. Over the years, Barnes wrote and illustrated for various papers and magazines including Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York Morning Telegraph, the New York Press, the New York Sun, Vanity Fair, McCall's, Charm, Smart Set, and Theatre Guild Magazine.
She was a member of the bohemian artistic set in Greenwich Village, and lived and worked in England and Paris, France for twenty years where she connected with writers like T.S Elliots who was an enthusiastic support of her work. A number of Barnes short works were produced by the Provincetown Players in 1919 and 1920. Her verse play The Antiphon (1958), was produced in Sweden in 1961 in a version co-translated by United Nations' secretary Dag Hammarskjöld. Nightwood (1936), considered by her masterpiece, was written under the patronage of Peggy Guggenheim and championed by T. S. Eliot, Barnes's editor at Faber and Faber. Barnes died in New York City on June 18, 1982, at the age of ninety.