“Cripples,” patsies, dances and D-day

FALL CAMPUS ARTS PREVIEW — Valley’s arts departments have a wide-ranging season in store for Monarchs.

By Jazmine Sanchez, Staff Writer                         

This fall, Valley College’s theater, dance, and art departments will be bringing Monarchs iconic moments of history, reasons to get up and dance, ambitious “Cripples” and nothing less than the entire span of human life – to the grave and beyond.

The Theatre Department kicks off the semester with “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh which will be directed by professor Cathy Susan Pyles.

“Inishmaan” is a dark comedy in which a Hollywood film crew is about to document the life of the Aran Islands in which we learn that it takes a whole village to tell the story.

Performances will be Oct. 22 -25 at 8pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm in the Horseshoe Theater.

In December, the Theater Department will present “Ring Round the Moon,” Christopher Fry’s English-language adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “L’Invitation au Château.” This was a last-minute replacement for Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which had casting issues.

Director Christopher Coddington described “Ring” as “A very charming modern Cinderella story” in which Valley student Vincent Smith will play the dual role of twins with very different personalities.

“Ring Round the Moon” runs Dec. 3-6 at 7:30 p./m with 2p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for both plays can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com.

The Dance Department will be presenting a faculty-choreographed and student-performed show and as well a repeat of its successful “Dance Day” (dates for both to be announced).

For Dance Day, special guests teach open classes to raise money for the department.

Classes will be charged a certain amount of money where it will all go to the dance department for future dance shows. To find out more, visit the Los Angeles Valley College Dance Program Facebook page.

Among the Art Department’s exhibitions this semester will be “Iconic (Capturing History),” Oct. 15- Dec. 17, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6-9 pm.

“This is a group show focusing on photojournalism,” Art Gallery Director Sam Lee says. “The show will feature iconic photographs that captured history.”

Established photographers include Sebastiao Salgado, Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Steve McCurry, Marc Riboud, Dan Budnik, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, Mary Ellen Mark, James Nachtwey, John Filo, Robert Jackson, Ernest Withers, Jacques Lowe, Boris Yaro, Steve Schapiro, and others.

Among the famous moments displayed will be the invasion of Normandy Beach (photographed by Capa) and the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after his famous declaration, “I’m just a patsy” (captured by Jackson).

For more information contact Professor Lee at leesb@lavc.edu.

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