Friday, February 14, 2014
This Valentine's evening the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet brings two of the most romantic classical works to the Valley Performing Arts Center. Often described as a "romantic reverie," Chopiniana portrays a dream-world where ballerinas bathed in moonlight dance around a young poet. The enchanting oeuvre is realized through the music of Chopin and the choreography of Mikhail Fokine. Shakespeare's tragic love story is beautifully danced to Tchaikovsky's majestic score and illuminated with brilliant choreography and radiant costumes in the grand tradition of Russian ballet.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Harper Lee, adapted by Christopher Sergel
Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, this classic story is brought to life on stage with its powerful lessons of tolerance, justice, and quiet heroism. Directed by Anamarie Dwyer.
Feb 14-15-16, 19-20-21-22-23, 2014. Curtaintimes 7:30pm except Sundays at 2pm. Very limited late seating. ASL interpreting on Friday, Feb 21.
Tickets and info (818) 677-2488
Saturday, March 01, 2014
In the early 1960s, when Charles Webb wrote a novel called The Graduate, America was in an "age of youth." Young people were leading the way to social, political, and cultural transformation. Webb's novel, published in 1963, was groundbreaking in those changing times; reviewers unanimously praised his brilliant and innovative use of dialogue and comedic genius in dealing with controversial themes and the main character's lack of direction.
The film version, released in 1967 and featuring Dustin Hoffman as the lost but heroically determined Benjamin Braddock, quickly became a cult favorite and an artistic triumph, garnering multiple Academy Award nominations; it remains one of the top grossing films in history. The iconic film has been a touchstone for generations - representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love, and redemption honestly and hilariously, embodied by the characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock, Elaine, and the additional cast of characters. Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg's presentation of this American classic is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast.