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BWW Previews: ART of WNY's New Production of SHINE


Written by Matthew LaChiusa

Church of the Ascension

American Repertory Theater of WNY

16 Linwood Avenue (corner of North St.)

Buffalo, NY 14209

716 -634 -1102


9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Mon-Fri

Noon to 4:30 PM Sat

716 -697- 0837

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The American Repertory Theater of WNY concludes the highly acclaimed 2013-14 season with a world premiere of the original work, SHINE, written by Matthew LaChiusa on April 24th and runs until May 17th.

White lightning, mountain dew, hooch, and Tennessee white whiskey are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly ... otherwise known as Moonshine!

In the backwoods of Tennessee the McCormick's still has been producing top-notch moonshine for two generations that has quenched many a drinker's thirst. But in 1964 times are a changing and a new generation will take over the operations. With a persistent state senator out to protect investments, the blight of racism in the Deep South, and a dream to escape this life, the youngest McCormick must decide between holding onto a family legacy or letting the still go.

Local award winning writer, Matthew LaChiusa, crafted SHINE reminiscent of Thorton Wilder's OUR TOWN, but soaked with a jar of moonshine with a dedicated attention to the storytelling style found in Americana folklore literature.

Engaging perfofmances by a talented group of actors including local award nominated actor David C Mitchell (LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR), with Michael Leszczynski (SEE THE SCREAMS), and three of the recent BLOODY BLOODY ANDRE JACKSON cast members Michael Wachowiak , Carolyn Lansom , and Billy Horn as well as a newcomer to the Art stage Gabriel Robere'.

The American Repertory Theater of WNY takes pride in the company mission to produce original works in a forum that encourages new ideas and risks in a forum that focuses on presenting the piece in the best theatrical execution. "We have seen both critical acclaim as well as public appreciation for originals works," said Matthew LaChiusa, playwright and Artistic Director for ART/WNY, "With a well-received original work by Mark Humphrey this past season (LITTLE ROBERT), the collaboration with Justin Karcher and Steve Sitzman on the original musical DEAD ENGLISH (receiving a nomination for a local award for theater excellence), the One-Act Showcase featuring Mark C Lloyd, John F Kennedy, DonnaMarie Vaughan, and the successful summer series at Buffalo Canal side featuring aspiring writers, The Young Playwrights Festival, I have to say that in seven seasons ART/WNY has lived up to the company's creative mission."

SHINE can be seen at ART in Box, American Repertory Theater of WNY's newly renovated performance space. Comment about working in space by Mark C Lloyd.


April 24th, 25th, 26th

May 1st, 2nd, 3rd

May 8th, 9th, 10th

May 15th, 16th, 17th

Show times 7:30 pm


$20 General Admission

$15 Online

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