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.
BARNES RAISING: An Evening of One-Acts by Djuna Barnes
Directed by Tricia McDermott
Dramaturgy by Elizabeth Bojsza
March 31, 2014 at 7 pm
Free Admission. Reservations Required. Call 631-704-2888 or email email@example.com.
Cinema Arts Center Cafe, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
The three short plays to be presented, KURSY OF THE SEA, THE DOVE, and TO THE DOGS, 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 evening will be directed by founder and artistic director Tricia McDermott, with dramaturgy by Airmid literary manager, Elizabeth Bojsza. The cast will feature members of Airmid Theatre Artists’ Circle, classically trained professional actors from across Long Island and Manhattan. The performance will take place at Cinema Arts Center Café, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743.
The performance will begin with a short contextual presentation examining 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.
This program is sponsored in part by the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.