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‘Love’s Fire’ to open at Union College’s Yulman Theater

Posted on Feb 24, 2000

Series of one-act plays 'reimagine' seven of Shakespeare's love sonnets – which 'defy the constraints of time and twist the borders of gender'

What do you get when you ask some of America's most powerful writers to develop plays based on their contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare's sonnets? The Acting Company, a national repertory theater, found out when it commissioned acclaimed writers Eric Bogosian, Ntozake Shange, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner, William Finn, Wendy Wasserstein and John Guare to create short plays based on seven of Shakespeare's love sonnets.

Produced by special arrangement with The Acting Company, Love's Fire opens at Union College's Yulman Theater on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Other performances are: Feb. 25 – 26, 8 p.m.; Feb. 27, 2 p.m.; March 2 – 4, 8 p.m. and March 5, 2 p.m. Tickets, at $7 ($5 for students/seniors), are available at the Union College Box Office: 388-6545.

“Taking their inspiration from Shakespeare's sonnets, these writers walk the line between the weird and the wonderful,” said Kelli Wondra, theater professor at Union and Love's Fire director. “All the plays are cutting-edge as they explore man's capacity for love, compassion, and cruelty.”

From the book, Love's Fire: “Eric Bogosian's Bitter Sauce (Sonnet 118) presents a fragile farce of sexual jealousy and obsession; Ntozake Shange's streetwise response to Sonnet 128 comes up as the hip-hop Hydraulics Phat Like Mean; Marsha Norman invents a daisy chain of betrayal with 140 (Sonnet 140); Tony Kushner examines a hilariously paranoid episode in love, loss, and sexual ambiguity set in a psychiatrist's office with Terminating, or Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein, or Ambivalence (Sonnet 75); William Finn transforms Sonnet 102 into a song about an artist attempting to paint his lover – and failing – with Painting You; Wendy Wasserstein's Waiting for Philip Glass is a sharp drawing-room comedy set in the Hamptons (Sonnet 94); and John Guare charms with his witty and wide-ranging look at the problems of creating such a play in the first place in The General of Hot Desire (Sonnets 153 and 154).”

Love's Fire premiered at The Guthrie Theater Lab in Minneapolis, Minn. On Jan. 7, 1998. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote” Ohboyohboy…it turns out to be…inspired.”

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AAC Minutes Listed

Posted on Feb 18, 2000

Feb. 7, 2000

1. The minutes of the Jan. 31, 2000 meeting were

2. The AOP summer program and course credit, including
advising, was discussed. The AAC voted and approved the spirit of the
proposal and will vote on a re-written version next week.

3. Professor Danowski gave a status report on the
activities of the calendar subcommittee.

4. Danette Slevinski gave the Student Forum report.

5. AAC discussed a revision of the “Guidelines for
Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics.”

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Chron Available on Web, e-mail

Posted on Feb 18, 2000

You don't have to wait for the paper.

The Chronicle is available on
the Web each Thursday during academic terms, usually by late morning.
(Most offices receive the paper version on Friday.)

Also, you can fill out the form to subscribe to the Chronicle
on e-mail.

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EAP Offers Free Counseling

Posted on Feb 18, 2000

The Edison Employee Assistance Program offers free,
confidential counseling for Union employees and family members. Call

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Black History Events Continue

Posted on Feb 18, 2000

The College's celebration of Black History Month
continues with a range of events from films to lectures.

The African and Latino Alliance of Students, with campus
groups including Sigma Chi fraternity and Gamma Phi Beta sorority, is
sponsoring a series of events.

They include:

Friday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.,
Old Chapel, performance by East Harlem Repertory Co.;

Sunday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.,
Reamer Multicultural Room, film Malcolm X;

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30
p.m., Bronner House, Sitcom Night, discussion of sitcoms featuring African

Saturday, Feb. 26, 7
p.m., Minerva House Lounge, Taste of the Tropics food festival; and

Sunday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.,
Reamer Multicultural Room, film Boys in the Hood.

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