Everyman Theatre, Maryland Film Festival Team for Stage-Inspired Screening Series
Everyman Theatre and the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) have announced "Everyman at the Parkway," a season-long partnership and six-part screening series that will bring influential films to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in conjunction with Everyman Theatre's 2017/18 season.
Whether artistically, structurally or thematically, each film/play coupling aims to inspire conversation and draw connections between the material exhibited on stage and on screen-and every film will be introduced and accompanied by a post-screening audience discussion, hosted by the Everyman Theatre artist who selected that pairing.
First in the series is David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, a 1993 film adaptation of the stage play, starring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) and written by David Henry Hwang, based on his Tony Award winning play of the same name. The pairing is inspired by Everyman Theatre's fall production of M. Butterfly, directed by Everyman's Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi (in performance September 6 - October 8, 2017).
The screening of M. Butterfly, presented from an original 35mm print, takes place on Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 PM, at the Parkway (5 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland). Lancisi will personally introduce the film and host the post-screening audience discussion.
Upcoming screenings will also include Ava DuVernay's 2012 independent feature, Middle of Nowhere (presented by Resident Company actor Dawn Ursula as a companion to Everyman's Intimate Apparel), on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 PM, and Benoît Jacquot's 2012 French drama, Farewell My Queen (hosted by Resident Set Designer Daniel Ettinger, to pair with Everyman's The Revolutionists), on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.
"All arts audiences are passionate audiences, and we are delighted by this opportunity to merge two mediums, bringing film- and theatre-lovers together to celebrate and discuss the many ways of bringing great stories to life," said Lancisi. "For 18 years, our stage was housed within the Station North Arts District, so Everyman at the Parkway is a homecoming of sorts for our company, and an opportunity to continue contributing to a thriving neighborhood that we love."
"We are thrilled to partner with Everyman Theatre to continue to explore the translation of one medium to another-film. We're building many community partnerships, and we have been big fans of Everyman's work, so it's especially exciting to be part of this Everyman season," said Jed Dietz, founding director of MdFF. "The great 1915 movie palace, the Parkway Theatre, now part of 21st century movie going, is the perfect setting for this movie and more to come."
Everyman at the Parkway titles for the remainder of the season will soon be announced. Scheduled dates and presenters are as follows:
- February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM, hosted by Long Day's Journey Into Night Director Donald Hicken
- March 20, 2018, 7:00 PM, hosted by Aubergine Director Vincent M. Lancisi
- May 15, 2018, 7:00 PM, hosted by The Book of Joseph director Noah Himmelstein
Tickets ($8-10) and more information can be found at mdfilmfest.com.
Founded in 1999, MdFF brings films, filmmakers, students and audiences together in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere. Through the organization's annual five-day Maryland Film Festival each May, daily programming at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, and the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, MdFF reflects the unique creative aspects of Baltimore's community, while participating in the film and cultural dialogue across the country and the world.
The SNF Parkway, a renovated 3-screen film center owned and operated by MdFF, features curated, bold programming that showcases films from every era, region, and genre, with a focus on independent, international, documentary, classic, and cult-favorite films. In addition, the SNF Parkway, located on the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street, provides classroom space for film students and is a year-round hub for film education and the Baltimore community. Film for Everyone. Every Day. More information about MdFF is available at mdfilmfest.com.
On stage September 6 - October 8, 2017, M. Butterfly, by David Henry Hwang, is the torrid and timeless story of a powerful French diplomat who becomes enchanted with a divine Peking opera star, left only to wonder - is the allure of fantasy and the power of obsession a recipe for betrayal?
Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a Resident Company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theatre strives to engage, inspire and transform artists, audiences and community through theatre of the highest artistic standards and is committed to embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre.
Everyman Theatre is a proud member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Vincent M. Lancisi is the Founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Jonathan K. Waller is the Managing Director. For information about Everyman Theatre, visit everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.