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posticon Local Playwright Features Geneticist in 'Maize'

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Lucy Walker Print
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theaterIn 1983, at age 81, Barbara McClintock won the Nobel Prize for her work on plant genetics—work that has turned out to be essential to today's genetic research. Some have made her into a feminist icon, a misunderstood woman scientist ahead of her time. Others say it was her own eccentricities that held her back. Who was she really? It's not something read in a paper or proved in a lab.

After writing a first play full of research on McClintock, "I realized that theatre is art, not a history lecture," Pratt said. The second play, Maize, is the playwright's own thoughts and images based on the life of Barbara McClintock. Pratt has been writing plays since self-producing her first one, Chimera, in 1996. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Cape Town South Africa, among others, and published by JAC Publishing and Art Age Publications.

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posticon 'Lesbian Love & Loss over the Lifetime' at the Kitchen

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Lesley Greene Print
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kitchen BrightHalfLifeShannon Tyo* and Jennifer Bareilles in Kitchen Theatre's production of Bright Half Life

On Sunday, March 11, Hospicare and Kitchen Theatre Company will host a reception and panel discussion on "Lesbian Love & Loss over the Lifetime." The reception will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by a 4:00 performance of 'Bright Half Life' by Tanya Barfield. After the performance, panelists Kate Halliday, Mariette Geldenhuys, Sue Robinson, and Carrie Stearns will moderate a discussion in the theatre.

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posticon New Musical Works Celebrated at Cornell

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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The Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players (CCCP) join forces with the [Switch~ Ensemble] for a residency celebrating the creation and performance of new works for mixed chamber ensemble and multimedia technology. The Ensemble, formed at the Eastman School of Music, strives to present the works of emerging composers, integrating multimedia seamlessly.

The performers will work with Cornell doctoral and faculty composers throughout their residency to refine these new pieces, culminating in two nights of performances on Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, both at 8:00 pm in Barnes Hall. The new works will then become part of the [Switch~ Ensemble]'s touring repertoire, taking artistic elements from Ithaca on their travels to new audiences throughout the country. The ensemble's recent and upcoming performances include visits to Ithaca College, Bard College, Buffalo State, New York City, San Francisco, Valencia (Spain), and the University of Chicago.

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