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"Death is short, make the most of it!" SCC Presents "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl

Love, death and rock and roll take center stage in the Shoreline Community College production of Sarah Ruhl’s award-winning play, a modern adaptation of the classic myth, “Eurydice,” Nov. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 22, 2009 at 2 p.m.

 

In Greek mythology, this was the story of Orpheus and his treacherous journey to bring his doomed bride Eurydice back from the underworld. On the SCC stage, it is award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl’s poignant modern take on the myth, told from Eurydice’s point of view, and framed by the most ambitious set ever built at Shoreline Community College. The decayed amusement park is complete with a river of forgetfulness, a chorus of stones, and a working roller coaster that shuttles characters between the land of the living and the land of the dead.

 

“This is one of the most ambitious projects that the Shoreline Drama Department has ever undertaken.  Building off of the buzz that has been steadily growing around the Shoreline theater community, the time seemed right to harness the enthusiasm of the production staff and a new group of eager and talented actors to take on a daring project like this,” says director Jesse Ross.

 

The scale and scope of this production are extraordinary, not just for Shoreline Community College, but for any non-profit theater organization in the region.  Set construction began last summer and the production as a whole has relied on the contributions of more than 40 students, faculty, and staff members. This is truly and ensemble effort that showcases the diverse talents of Shoreline’s artistic community.

 

The cast have several years of acting experience under their belts.  Braden King performed in 7 Keys, Urinetown, and Dancing at Lughnasa at Shorewood High School; Cait Stark performed in Anybody for Tea? at Roosevelt High School; Amy Lamkin was in the Bothell High productions of Boyfriend and Joseph; and Joe Westling performed in Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Alice in Wonderland at Ballard High.  Elisabeth Olmstead, who plays Eurydice, performed in Enemy of the People, St. Joan, and Napili Milionoria at Cedar Park Christian, where she also was stage manager for the production of Godspell.  Peter Gregory performed in Rumplestiltzken at the Home Education Exchange.  This is a first stage performance for Shorecrest High School graduate, Elias Demisse, who plays the main character, Orpheus in the Shoreline production. 

 

Ross says that theater manager and set designer John Nold has created sets beyond anything he would have expected. 

 

“The production provides ground-breaking special effects, which include a working roller coaster, a chorus of stones and a river of forgetfulness,” said Ross.  “The actors actually ride the roller coaster from the land of the living to the land of the dead.”  The audience will also be drawn in by the game booths, dunk tanks and 30 foot platforms that capture the uniqueness of the production.  

 

The play will be performed on the main stage in the college’s theater.

 

General admission is $8, $6 for seniors, students and Shoreline Community College faculty and staff, and $4 for SCC students and children.  Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ 
or by calling 1-800-838-3006.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

                                             Donna Myers, Jesse Ross, SCC

* Hear, meet acclaimed printmaker Juan Fuentes as part of show at SCC College Gallery
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Powerful images depicting the lives of workers, women, people of color and war are all part of “Spirit in Lines,” the art of nationally renowned Chicano printmaker Juan R. Fuentes at the College Gallery at Shoreline Community College from Nov. 5, 2009 through Jan. 5, 2010. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

“My focus has continued to be the figure or portrait as a means to tell a story, elaborating on the human condition,” Fuentes says of his relief prints. “The prints that I have produced in the last two years are of people carrying objects or in the process of work. This carrying of things has been a metaphor for the heavy load on one’s shoulders through experiences of living.”

 

The exhibit will include a selection of silkscreen posters from his involvement in the Chicano poster movement that address both local and international issues such as apartheid, Palestinian conflicts and struggles in Latin America. 

 

Fuentes is best known for linoleum prints exploring Chicano and indigenous themes to raise awareness of the cultural, social and community issues of Chicanos. He acknowledges influences from the social realist tradition of Latin American printmakers such as Jose Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo Mendez, Rupert Garcia and American artist Elizabeth Catlett.

 

Active in San Francisco’s Latino community, Fuentes was the director of Mission Grafica for 10 years and taught at the California College of the Arts and City College of San Francisco.

 

Lecture and Reception

Fuentes will talk about his work and his involvement in the Chicano Poster Movement at a free lecture, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 in the 1000 Building Board Room at Shoreline Community College.  He will address his current activity and membership with Consejo Grafico, a collective of Latino print studios throughout the U.S. and will also talk about his support for liberation struggles through his art and community involvement. 

 

There will be a reception prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

 

The lecture is co-sponsored by Ballard’s Sev Shoon Arts Center
a local printmaking and art center run by Dionne Haroutunian, and Seattle Print Arts, a Puget Sound area printmaking collective.

 

Sev Shoon Arts Center offers printmaking classes and workshops, access to a professional printmaking studio, exhibition opportunities and demonstrations.  Seattle Print Arts is an association of artists, arts professionals and collectors who have an avid interest in the expanding field of print arts.  Their mission is to foster intellectual and artistic dialogue, serve as a resource for news in the field of printmaking, forge links between artists and serve as a base for activities that focus on print arts.

 

The Shoreline Community College Gallery is located in the 1000 Building at the main campus at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora and north of Seattle city limits.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

 

For information about the upcoming exhibits, check out the web site at: http://www.shoreline.edu/gallery/.

                                                                          Donna Myers/SCC