2001-09-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

"Deathtrap" is the jump-out-of-your-seat, laugh-out-loud thriller now being presented at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden through September 22. This latest production of the Rockaway Theatre Company is a brilliantly constructed, exciting and literate play by Ira Levin. A clever thriller to hold your constant attention, it is also brimming with intelligent humor. Talented Director Martin Kornberg has led his five skilled actors in a delicate and spine-tingling dance that will remain permanently in your memory. The sets for RTC productions have become as applauded as the plays themselves, and the "Deathtrap" set is no exception. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on September 16. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Don’t miss this. "Deathtrap" is receiving highest marks from its audiences. Note to parents – due to some violent scenes, discretion should be exercised.

Many of you are asking me details about Rockaway Artist Alliance ARTSPLASH 2001. Like the writer of a good thriller, I’ll save revelation of the juiciest information for the final act (well, I’ll save it for a week or two, anyway.) For now, the basics. To remind you, ARTSPLASH 2001 is the second annual month-long multi-media arts extravaganza organized by the RAA at Fort Tilden, presented in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area. Admission to all events and exhibitions is free.

Diverse visual and performing artists from many parts of the metropolitan area and beyond will fill the RAA galleries, sculpture gardens, stage and the park with their work created in a wide variety of media. RAA is bringing the fascinating, the unusual, the familiar, the experimental and the established into our own backyard. Set aside the afternoons of Sunday, October 7 and Saturday, October 13 as days of special arts events. That’s all for now. Stay tuned.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) holds a seminar on Applications for Artist’s Fellowships 2002 on September 22, 2:30 – 4 p.m. at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. P.S. 1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City. The deadline for these applications is October 2, 2001. For information, you can send an email to nyfaafp@nyfa.org. The application can also be downloaded from the NYFA web site at http://www.nyfa.org under "Grants".

"Translated Acts" runs from October 2001 through January 2002 at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This exhibition includes the performance and body art of 30 contemporary artists from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China and examines their various views of eastern culture. Remember that "Crossing the Line," QMA’s multi-site, multi-media, multi-cultural arts extravaganza runs through October 7. Emerging and established artists have created site-specific works in and around the museum and in neighboring communities, reflecting the unique ethnic mix that is Queens. Call the museum for information.

Have a good week. Enjoy.


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