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Oblige Your Thirst

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Frackenstein: Taking theater to the streets (and new heights)

Frackenstein: Taking comedy/drama to the streets (and to new heights)

First, we’d like to thank Anna Phillips for reminding us about the Fringe Festival here in town this weekend.  We attended the 2013 festival and saw Anna act out her show ‘Spatial Profiling.’

Fringe seems to be great place catch some innovative art presentations.

Last night we experienced ‘Frackenstein,’ which was presented along the Connective Corridor, at the Syracuse Stage patio. The one act show envisions a totally fracked future mixing elements of Cirque du Soleil and Mad Max’s Road Warrior, with a small pinch of Laurel and Hardy slapstick.

Frackenstein features Mr. Sticks (played by Steve, who must have been a gymnast in a past life) and Splendito (played by the uber flexible Freddy). The duo provides just enough shock value to keep the audience, and those strolling along East Genesee Street, guessing.

We would have loved to see this type of event take place during SU Homecoming or an ACC Game Day Weekend when it would have just freaked out visitors (in a good way).

Frackenstein will play for the next two nights. If you are in the neighborhood stop by and check it out. You just may become part of the show.

Splendito (played by Freddy) and Mr. Sticks (played by Steve) occupied an open air stage on Syracuse Stage's patio for about an hour on Thursday.

Theater of the Here and Now: Splendito (played by Freddy) and Mr. Sticks (played by Steve) occupied an open air stage on Syracuse Stage's patio for about an hour on Thursday as part of the 2014 Syracuse Fringe Festival.

Not all neighborhoods are created equal

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Syracuse Stage Patio/Plaza

Syracuse Stage Patio/Plaza

Light Fantastic

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage: Opening Night

We’ve heard great reviews and word-of-mouth praise for “The Whipping Man.”   The play was directed by Timothy Bond and written by Matthew Lopez. Here’s an interview Bond did with Kenny Dees last week.

Following Friday night’s performance Lemon Elefant, everyone’s favorite go to band for the Connective Corridor,  played a gig in the Syracuse Stage lobby.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Social Media Breakfast Syracuse #10 Panel (with moderator Patrick Finlon, left)

Social Media Breakfast Syracuse #10 Panel: Kimberley McCoy, Rachel Boucher, Matthew De Bellas and Sarah Massett (with moderator Patrick Finlon, left).

This kind of collaboration is encouraging.

We finally got to attend a Social Media Breakfast here in town. The group had its latest meeting at Syracuse Stage on Thursday, and the focus was how arts organizations engage online.  Participants included representatives from The Red House, The Everson Museum, CNY Arts and Art Rage.

The discussion ranged from generating unique content and boosting awareness to using “gamification” (rewards) and data collection methods to gain new followers/supporters. 

What was most impressive is that you didn’t have to be a savvy social media manager or represent an art venue to pick up pearls of wisdom from this conversation.   Quick, power-packed, yet very filling, it was like breakfast for your head.

Engaged

Friday, October 18th, 2013
“There’s a word meant for you…When you find it, live it, and share it…your life will become more exciting and purposeful than ever.”
-One Word that Will Change Your Life
Britton, Page & Gordon
A flash mob showed appreciation for outgoing Chancellor Nancy Cantor at Syracuse Stage on Friday.

A flash mob showed appreciation for outgoing Chancellor Nancy Cantor at Syracuse Stage on Friday.

The city gave a farewell flash mob for Nancy Cantor today at three locations: The Warehouse, City Hall, and Syracuse Stage. 

If there was one word that can describe her tenure it was engage. Cantor engaged the alumni, students, sports fans, the government, the environmentalists, urbanites, artists, and several of our neighborhoods.

Most important, Cantor engaged our attention.  Her leadership showed us more was possible.

Architectural Digest: Facade-Palooza

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Signs and Windows along the Connective Corridor

Signs and Windows along the Connective Corridor

Pit Stop

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
The Bread & Puppet Theater Co (based in Vermont) was in Syracuse this week as part of their tour for the firms 50th Anniversary. The company combines dance with political satire, street theater and puppetry. Here is a photo of their bus parked along the Connective Corridor.

The Bread & Puppet Theater Co. (based in Vermont) was in Syracuse this week as part of their tour for the firms 50th Anniversary. The company combines music, dance political satire with street theater and puppetry. Here is a photo of the Bread & Puppet bus parked along the Connective Corridor (outside Syracuse Stage) following a performance.

Stage Conversation

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Here’s part two of the Tim Bond interview from last week.

The State of the Theater from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Pivot Play

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

World of Wilson from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Syracuse Stage Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond talks about the impact of writer August Wilson, specifically Two Trains Running, which is playing this month at the theater.  Syracuse Stage has run seven of Wilson’s ten plays that chronicle African American life in each decade of the 20th Century.

Bond, who is the director for Two Trains, said Wilson’s plays are “poetic blues operas.”

Street Lights

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Plaza, Syracuse Stage

Plaza, Syracuse Stage

Here is a piece on the background and planning for the Syracuse Stage Plaza Lights along the Connective Corridor. The University will officially celebrate Phase One completion of the Corridor at Syracuse Stage in mid-December.