Turning Glass Shakespeare (TGS), the 2014–15 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces its MFA Festival. The festival will run March 27–31 and will include all five productions from TGS’s season: the devised show, Little Life; William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and The Winter’s Tale; and Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.
TGS created Little Life during the first month of their company’s session. Little Life blends text from TGS’s season with music and text from other sources to explore the life cycles of the young heroines in each play. TGS will perform Little Life on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Building in downtown Staunton.
One of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy about life, love, death, and the power of family. Set in Virginia and featuring Appalachian music, TGS’s one-hour production, designed as an educational tour, delights audiences both young and old. TGS will perform Twelfth Night on March 28 at 2 p.m. at Masonic and on March 31 at 2 p.m. at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The March 31 performance will include a Q&A session about Appalachian culture with Clyde Jenkins, a White Oak Basket Artisan and Basket Supplier for Colonial Williamsburg.
Romeo & Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays due to its mixture of tragedy, romance, action, and bawdy comedy. As a small-scale tour, TGS’s production uses only six actors as well as minimal props and costumes. This approach challenges the company to find imaginative ways to use actors’ bodies and Shakespeare’s words to tell a story and challenges the audience to use their imaginations to enter the world of the play. TGS will perform Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at Masonic and on March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Blackfriars. A talk back will follow the performance on March 28.
One of Shakespeare’s “romances,” The Winter’s Tale tells a story of loss and redemption that is powerful, funny, and thought-provoking. TGS’s production is set in the 1920s, when European nations were rebuilding after WWI, jazz music reigned, and women all across the Western world fought for the right to vote. TGS will perform The Winter’s Tale on March 29 at 8 p.m. and on March 31 at 8 p.m., both performances at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The performance on March 29 will include an event at 7:30 p.m. in which students from James Madison University will read poems that they have written inspired by The Winter’s Tale. The performance on March 31 will include a loyalty card giveaway during intermission.
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, a city comedy, is the company’s Renaissance production. TGS will have only 10 days of rehearsal and will work without a director. This style of rehearsal allows the company to use performance as research to understand some of the conditions under which an early modern playing company may have worked. TGS will perform Chaste Maid on March 30 at 8 p.m. at Blackfriars and will include an open bar prior to the show.
The festival will also include a performance of the master of letters production of Clyomon and Clamydes on March 30 at 2 p.m. at Blackfriars. Written by an unknown author, Clyomon and Clamydes tells the story of competing knights and is filled with comedy, adventure, and romance.
The MFA Festival is a chance for audiences to revisit Turning Glass Shakespeare’s productions or experience them for the first time and a chance to say goodbye to this company as they complete a year of work, play, and learning.
The Mary Baldwin College Music Department announces the next Carl Broman Concert, which will feature the award-winning Ariel Quartet at 8 p.m. on March 23 in Francis Auditorium on the Mary Baldwin College campus.
Characterized by youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Its members have been playing together ever since they formed 16 years ago as students in Israel. They continue to astonish audiences with their performances of complete works by memory, and they perform widely in Europe, North America, and Israel, including two record-setting Beethoven cycles last season (performed before all the members of the quartet turned 30).
The quartet has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Recently, they were honored with the Cleveland Quartet Award, a prestigious award which recognizes and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. The quartet serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts.
“It is always something special when we are able to bring a string quartet to the Broman series,” says Lise Keiter, chair of the Music Department at Mary Baldwin. “And we are especially pleased to feature the Ariel Quartet, considered one of the most exciting young quartets today.”
One of the quartet’s many impressive achievements has been to perform all 17 of Beethoven’s string quartets over a period of only a few months. They will treat the Staunton audience to one of these works, opening their program with Beethoven’s Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5, a delightful work that shows influence of Mozart. They will continue with the Quartet No. 5 of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. After a recent performance of this piece, a reviewer from The News-Gazette noted, “… it was technically and emotionally a Bartok performance at the highest level. No wonder the Ariels have won a Hungarian prize for their playing of Bartok.” They will conclude the evening with the beautiful Quartet in F Major of Ravel, a remarkable work which shows many aspects of Ravel’s unique style: the influence of Impressionism, along with the clear and transparent textures of Neoclassicism, and even an interest the music of the Far East.
Tickets for the Ariel Quartet may be purchased at the door and are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students (free to MBC students). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.
Turning Glass Shakespeare, the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, announces a special performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with fun activities for the whole family.
Turning Glass Shakespeare created this hour-long production of Shakespeare’s comedy as an education show to tour schools. This special performance is part of the company’s MFA Festival and includes a series of exciting educational workshops. Children will have the opportunity to learn about music, Shakespearean costumes, face painting, and smiling in the style of the grave Malvolio, one of the play’s most memorable comic characters. There will also be delicious treats including King Cakes, popcorn, and lemonade.
The Family Day performance takes place on the fifth floor of the Masonic Building, 13 W. Beverley Street, on Saturday, March 28. The activities will start at 1 p.m. followed by the Twelfth Night performance at 2 p.m. The event is pay-what-you-will.
Turning Glass Shakespeare (TGS), the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces their Renaissance show: Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.
The lives of three London families are turned upside down when the lecherous Sir Walter Whorehound comes to Cheapside to marry Moll, the daughter of a London goldsmith. When Moll plans to run away with her true love, Touchwood Junior, the characters (and the audience) are in for the surprise of their lives.
In a format based on the American Shakespeare Center’s Renaissance season, TGS only has 10 days to rehearse Middleton’s bawdy comedy, working without a director. This style of rehearsal allows the company to use performance as research to understand some of the conditions under which an early modern playing company may have worked.
Marking the first time that Middleton’s classic will be performed on the Blackfriars stage, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside opens at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. A talk-back follows the performance on March 24. TGS will revive the production at the playhouse on Monday, March 30 as part of their MFA Play Festival. All performances are pay-what-you-will. For more information, please visit www.turningglassshakespeare.com and check out Turning Glass Shakespeare on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
If you want an evening filled with comedy, melodrama, and surprising plot twists, come to see Turning Glass Shakespeare’s production of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside!
L to R, Layla Teears as Melody, Emily Hurst as Tammy Jo, Elizabeth VanDoren as Patrice, Bridget Burner as Mary Lou; seated is Brian Holsopple as Jarvis
Mary Baldwin College Theatre presents an evening of laughter with The Lone Star Love Potion, An American Farce, by Michael Parker, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, March 25 through 28, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 29, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Hall.
When wealthy rancher Mr. Stancliff dies, his family, servants and friends gather for the reading of his will. As expected his niece Patrice inherits the ranch, and she and her lecherous husband, Michael, also receive 25% each of Stancliff’s American Elixir Company. Jarvis, the long faithful butler gets the remaining half. The company’s assets are a sample and a formula for a love potion which Stancliff claimed was too dangerous to release. Is this a joke, or perhaps can it really work? Before long everyone is testing it with hilarious results, while millions — and the ranch itself — may be at stake.
Jarvis, played by local favorite Brian Holsopple, has his hands full, as first Tammy Jo from the neighboring ranch (freshman Emily Hurst), then Melody, the clumsy maid (freshman Layla Teears) and Mary Lou, the shy ornithologist (senior Bridget Burner) all make a pass at him. This is enough to encourage Patrice’s husband, Michael, played by another local favorite Michael Lafferty, to try the potion in order to attract Melody, continuing the disastrous results. Even Patrice (junior Elizabeth VanDoren) and the lawyer (MLitt student Curtis Maxey, Jr) get into the act.
Brian Holsopple as Jarvis and Layla Teears as Melody
According to director Terry Southerington, “It’s classic farce, complete with the requisite eight doors and windows, and it’s just a lot of fun. Michael Parker, the playwright of There’s A Burglar In My Bed from a few season ago, has captured the British farce in an American setting.”
Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $12 for others and may be reserved by calling the box office Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5pm at 540-887-7189. Tickets are also available online at www.mbc.edu/theatre.
||Abby Arnold, academic advisor, MBC in Charlottesville
Defended her dissertation and earned her PhD in English, with a major area in rhetoric and composition and minors in 19th century British literature and feminist theory, November.
||Pam Bailey, associate professor of education
A presentation, “Math Specialists’ Needs and Development,” which discussed research on the trajectory and identity of this new role in school systems across the nation, with co-presenters from George Mason University, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Nineteenth Annual Conference, February 12–14, Orlando, Fl.
||Cara Jones, assistant professor of political science
An invited presentation, “Giving Up the Gun: Rebel to Ruler Transformations in the Great Lakes,” UVa’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, February 11.
||Kai Kennedy, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education, physical therapy
A table presentation, “Learning to Help: Using Community Assessment in Service Learning Programs,” at the Global Health Reception during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, February 6, Indianapolis. Her presentation discussed MBC’s approach to initiating a service learning program in Haiti (information gathered during the 2014 Alternative Spring Break provided the background).
||Sarah Kennedy, professor of English
Appeared on the One-on-One with Bob Corso segment of the WHSV-TV news, January 23, Harrisonburg.The featured author at the Lunchtime Lyceum at the Massanutten Regional Library, January 29.
||Katie Low, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain
Paperback version of her book, The Bible, Gender, and Reception History: The Case of Job’s Wife, published by Bloomsbury.
||Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies
An article, “General Philip Sheridan’s Commentary on the Battle of Waynesboro and the End of the Valley Campaign in 1865,” 2014 issue of the Augusta Historical Bulletin, in addition to 20 lengthy book reviews. Also serves as associate editor and book review editor.An article, “Vermont Soldiers Fighting in the Shenandoah Valley and Living and Dying in Andersonville in 1864,” February 2015 issue of Vermont’s Northland Journal.An article, “The Second Republic: Vermont’s Growing Secessionist Movement,” spring 2015 issue of Vermont History.
||Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy
Serving on the Program and Host Committee for the Peace and Justice Studies Association which meets this October, James Madison University.Invited to give a paper, “Leadership: Conflict, Mediation and Transformation,” at the 2015 Leadership Studies Conference, VMI, March 9.
||David Paulk, professor and director of Physician Assistant Program
Appointed to the CDC panel on childhood immunizations, joining Dr. David Paulk who is on the mild traumatic brain injury panel of experts with the CDC. He and Dr. Paulk are the only PAs in the country serving on expert panels with the CDC.A chapter published on child abuse in the 7th edition of The Resident’s Guide to Ambulatory Care.
||Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art
Solo exhibition, Imago Corporis Impressa, is on display in MBC’s Hunt Gallery.
||Janna Segal, assistant professor of theatre
Presented a pre-show lecture for The Rover, “The ‘rover of fortune’ (5.1.57) in Aphra Behn’s Restoration Comedy,” February 12, the American Shakespeare Center.
||Lisa Shoaf, professor of physical therapy and physical therapy program director
A platform presentation, “Physical Therapy Direct Access Utilization in Virginia and Patient Satisfaction about the Physical Therapy Direct Access Care Provided,” the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association, February 6, Indianapolis. This presentation highlighted the results of a two-year study in which 12 physical therapy clinics collected data on 175 patients who were treated with direct access care in Virginia.
||Amy Tillerson, associate professor of history
Presenting a session, “Prince Edward County 60 Years after Brown: Promises Fulfilled?” March 26 at the Moton Museum, Farmville, for UVa’s Lifetime Learning program. Her talk will address the historical significance of the public school closings and how it impacted everyday people while also providing information that helps evaluate the progress made since then.
In recent weeks, Mary Baldwin College students have headed to the polls to choose the slate of leaders who will lead them in the coming academic year. Student government leaders will be installed on April 7.
Student Government Association
SGA President: Tralen Neal ’16
A junior biology major from Raleigh, Neal has a passion for making a difference on campus. She previously worked with, among other organizations, Judicial Board, ACORNS, and student Senate and has served as president of Mary Baldwin’s Greater Things Dance Ministry, co-chair for security of Senate, and treasurer of the Senate board. “Hearing the concerns of other students pushed me to run for SGA president,” Neal said. “My desire is to represent the students. I want every voice on campus accounted for. I would like to continue to promote diversity by exploring new pathways. Students should be familiar with their president and feel comfortable approaching me about anything. My goal is to promote success, education, and leadership among women.” After graduation, Neal hopes to attend medical school and eventually become a physician. “Being a leader at MBC is very inspiring. Being at a women’s college you get the opportunity to see women lead in a way that normally goes unnoticed. I plan to inspire and motivate other young women to become their best selves. I hope to give back and continue the legacy of women leading the way here at Mary Baldwin.”
Vice President: Jazmine Brooks
Secretary: Sharanya Rao
Treasurer: Molly “Jasyn” Chase
Lead Advocate: Rasheeda Bradley
Baldwin Program Board
Chair: Brenda Echak
Vice Chair: Lillie Parker
Secretary: Neneh Sheriff
Treasurer: Annapurna Chitnavis
Class of 2016
President: Sheridan Lawrence
Vice President: Katherine Narvaez
Secretary: Melanie Vargas
Treasurer: Shajuan Lee
Class of 2017
President: Kelsey Allen
Treasurer: Jasmine Davis
Class of 2018
President: Binetou Niang
Vice President: Anansa Wargo
Secretary: Hayley Young
Treasurer: Dorothy Hawkins
Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher
Vice Chair: Mekaila Shaw
Secretary: Spencer Sigtryggsson
Treasurer: Priscila Choi-Oh
Chair: Jan Edlene Miguel
Residence Hall Association
Chair: MiAngel Hite
Vice Chair: Moniafia Maitland
Treasurer: Brianna Sapp
The Sunday Recital Series at Mary Baldwin College continues at 3 p.m. on March 15 in Francis Auditorium with a performance by pianist and MBC Professor of Music Lise Keiter. Her appealing and varied program includes works by Claude Debussy, Clara Schumann, Enrique Granados, Dmitri Kabalevsky, and Maria Hester Park.
“I’m delighted to share this music,” says Keiter. “Debussy’s beautiful Pagodes illustrates many of the aspects of his unique style, including pentatonic harmonies, a broad range of color, and an overall dreamy quality. And while Kabalevsky’s sonatas may be less well-known than those of other Russian composers (such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich), his third sonata is a rich and powerful work, full of exciting rhythms as well as very appealing melodies.” She will also play the delightful Valses Poeticos by Spanish composer Enrique Granados; a sonata of Maria Hester Park, who lived in the classic era; and Clara Schumann’s dramatic Scherzo in C Minor. “I’m always pleased to be able to play music of female composers,” she explains. “Clara Schumann and Maria Hester Park were very talented performers as well as composers, and I think these pieces showcase some of their best work.”
Keiter has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, and she is very active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. She is known as a specialist in the music of women composers, and in 2014, she performed Florence B. Price’s recently-reconstructed Concerto in One Movement with the Waynesboro Symphony. She is on the faculty at Mary Baldwin College, and she holds degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory.
Tickets for March 15 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students (MBC students are free). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.
The Music Department at Mary Baldwin is pleased to celebrate this year’s College-wide theme of “Roots” with a concert on February 24 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, titled “Roots: Real and Imagined,” will feature guest artist David Salvage, a composer and pianist who will discuss and perform several of his own works. The event is in Francis Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
Salvage will perform many of his own compositions for solo piano, including Three Jefferson Pieces (“Poplar Forest,” “Monticello,” and “The Rotunda”); “Wall of Graffiti”; “Porticoes”; Sonata in D; and one of his newest works, Fantasy-Variations on “All the Pretty Little Horses.” He will also perform Robert Schumann’s delightful Papillons, a work which has inspired him as a pianist and composer.
“Almost all the pieces on the program are rooted in specific experiences, some real, some imagined, some my own, some others,” explains Salvage. “I am especially excited to be giving the first public performance of my latest piece, Fantasy-Variations on “All the Pretty Little Horses.” Based on the famous lullaby, it’s a piece rooted in my own experience as a new father.” He goes on to say that “other pieces take inspiration from Thomas Jefferson’s architecture and the colorful life of Bologna, Italy, where I’ve had the good fortune to spend a lot of time.”
Salvage is assistant professor of fine arts at Hampden-Sydney College, where he has taught since 2009. His music has been called “elegant and smartly realized” and “refreshingly eclectic.” He has been a featured performer on the Bologna Estate Festival, a resident artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and he is an alumnus of the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France. He has taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and privately in Bologna, Italy. He is also the creator of the music blog Albumleaves.com. His composition teachers have included Richard Danielpour, David Lewin, and Jeff Nichols, and he has studied piano with Peter Takács and Miyoko Lotto. For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.
Orpheus and Eurydice from Metamorphoses
Mary Baldwin College opens its 2015 spring season with Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by MBC professor Doreen Bechtol. Performances are held in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murhpy Demming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin College. The show is at 7:30 p.m. from February 11 to 14 and at 2 p.m. on February 15.
Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Zimmerman’s award winning play is a modern re-telling of several ancient myths, which feature archetypal characters that undergo extraordinary transformations. Through her unique brand of poetry, humor, and evocative imagery, Zimmerman captures a common emotional thread that links these classic tales to modern audiences, as she states, “These myths have a redemptive power in that they are so ancient. There’s a comfort in the familiarity of the human condition.”
Erysichthon and Ceres’s tree from Metamorphoses
Working with MBC’s ensemble cast, guest director Bechtol highlights Metamorphoses’ theme of transformation and change through imaginative physical storytelling that takes on acrobatic proportions. Bechtol works with a group of talented actors from both the undergraduate drama department and the graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance. Graduate actors Patrick Harris, Justine Mackey, Catie Osborn, Shane Sczepankowski, and Molly Seremet join undergrad actors Will Campbell, Myra Diehl, Eliza Hong, Emily Hurst, Marianna Moynihan, Layla Teears, Toni Thinnes, Skye Walker, and Tiffany Waters.
Parking in the Student Activities Center lot is available and a shuttle service runs from parking directly to the theatre entrance for the convenience of our patrons who need to avoid the steps. Please call the box office at 7 p.m. (or 1 p.m. on Sunday) for shuttle service. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 540-887-7189 (open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) or online. Single show tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.