Amas Musical Theatre Leads Conversations Throughout October

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Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Producing Artistic Director), in association with Rebel Theater, will sponsor a program of three live panel discussions this fall at The Players Theatre featuring leading theatre practitioners of diverse backgrounds.  They will be held at the historic Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village).

The afternoon discussions, called Conversations, will explore the challenges and satisfactions of sustaining a career in the theatre.  Conversations will be moderated by the founder of the multi-year series, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, in his capacity as Amas Artist-in-Residence. The Conversations program begins with Tony Award-winning director, designer, choreographer and painter Geoffrey Holder (The Wiz, Timbuktu!) on Sunday, October 9 at 4 PM.  "Holder, a noted raconteur, will share perspectives on the highlights of his considerable career," according to press notes.

The following Sunday, October 16 at 4 PM, is dedicated to musical lyricists and composers, including Masi Asare (The Judge's Wife), Myla Churchill (A Band of Angels), Gary William Friedman (The Me Nobody Knows), Edward Gallardo (Magpie), and Micki Grant (Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope).  "Writing Musicals, a Dialogue Between Generations," examines the processes involved in developing new American musicals and how these have evolved over the years.

The third and final Sunday afternoon, October 23 at 4 PM, titled Leading Men of Color, features Rob Barnes (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony Chiroldes (The Capeman), Eric Anthony (Hairspray), Raun Ruffin (Civil War) and Jerome Lucas Harmann (Swing!).

"We are thrilled to sponsor this program for our growing audience", stated Amas Producing Artistic Director Donna Trinkoff.  "These wonderful artists epitomize the Amas mission. They have brought people of so many backgrounds together through their talent and perseverence and I know that many theatre-goers and theatre professionals alike will want to spend some quality time with them as they share their insights.  I know I do."

Amas was founded in 1968 by actress Rosetta LeNoire as a theatre to encourage ethnically diverse artists and musicals.  "In recent years, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Donna Trinkoff, Amas has emerged as one of America's foremost incubators of new American musicals.  Since 1998, Amas has produced an unbroken string of acclaimed Amas Mainstage shows that have moved to expanded touring, regional and commercial productions after their Amas appearances--Rollin' on the T.O.B.A, Reunion: A Civil War Musical, 4 Guys Named Jose … and Una Mujer Named Maria, Langston Hughes's Little Ham, Zanna, Don't!, Latin Heat, From My Hometown, and Lone Star Love. "
All Conversations events will Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students/senior citizens.  For ticket information and reservations call Amas Musical Theatre at 212-563-2565.


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