LETTERS HOME, Jessica Lang Dance and More Set for Park City Institute's 2013-14 Season
The name has changed, but the mission remains the same: entertaining, educating and illuminating. As always, Park City Institute (formerly known as Park City Performing Arts Foundation) serves up a smorgasbord of eclectic, electrifying, awe-inspiring and internationally acclaimed dancers, musicians, family entertainers, speakers, actors and full throttle performance troupes. Park City Institute presents its 17th season at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts from October through May. Tickets and season punch cards are currently on sale.
Griffin Theatre's "Letters Home" - October 26, 2013
Imago Theatre's "ZooZoo" - November 3, 2013
Dawes - November 30, 2013
All-Wheel Sports Productions - December 7, 2013
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - December 28, 2013
Bernadette Peters - December 31, 2013
Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet "A Flower is a LoveSome Thing" - January 4, 2014
Jon Batiste & Stay Human - February 8, 2014
Celtic Nights - February 15, 2014
Boz Scaggs - February 22, 2014
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet - March 1, 2014
Henson Alternative's "Puppet Up! - Uncensored" - March 9, 2014
Trey McIntyre Project - March 29, 2014
Garrison Keillor - April 3, 2014
Jessica Lang Dance - April 5, 2014
The 2013-2014 Season kicks off October 26 with Griffin Theatre's "Letters Home." A portrait of today's soldier - men and women serving on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan - this "extraordinary... deeply moving" (Chicago Sun Times) play reveals the entire spectrum of human emotion through the intense prism of war. Inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article "The Things They Wrote," the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home (and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer's books), Chicago-based Griffin Theatre's "Letters Home" unites diverse voices in a profound, theatrical tour de force. Park City Institute collaborates with Kimball Art Center's exhibit, "Soldier Boy. Soldier Girl." (photography by Lynn Blodgett) and the National Ability Center on related outreach experiences that connect art and performing artists with the NAC's Wounded Warriors program.
Imago Theatre returns to The Eccles with a kid-tastic show on November 3. "Delightful," according to The New York Times, "ZooZoo" blends acrobatics, comedy and happy hi-jinks into an avant-garde romp for all ages, particularly small fries. The endearing antics of Imago Theatre's gorgeously costumed characters deliver a show that causes plenty of giggles - without a single word spoken. Expect everything from musical chair-playing penguins to hippos afflicted with insomnia.
Thanksgiving weekend will prove to be a musical feast as Dawes rocks the house (November 30). Riding the folk-rock revival wave, this Southern Californian band combines fresh lyrics with vintage style. The four 20- and 30-something, band-mates have played at Occupy Wall Street protests, appeared as themselves on the primetime show "Parenthood," performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty and recently released a third album, which shot to the top of Billboard's independent charts. While Dawes' music speaks to millennials, it also resonates across generations. As the Los Angeles Times writes, "A proudly old-fashioned sensibility permeates the band's music, which eschews the hard sparkle and the compact economy of modern pop..."
An all-out adventure, All-Wheel Sports Productions makes an action-packed showing on December 7. Professional athletes - extreme skaters, skateboarders, and BMX bicycle performers - trick out at center stage with the help of ramps, pumping music and flashing lights. Dancers, trampoline artists, aerialists, pro scooters and spirited cheer stunts round out the high-octane, adrenaline-fueled antics. Founded in 1995 by professional ice skater and former Team Rollerblade member Jill Schulz and her competitive freestyle skier and mountain bike racer husband Aaron Transki, this show has made its mark at theme parks (Universal, Knott's Berry Farm and more) as well as the semi-finals of 2012 "America's Got Talent."