2007-12-07 / Columnists

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RAA Elections/Holiday Party, RTC's Special 'Our Town' Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

RAA Elections/Holiday Party, RTC's Special 'Our Town'
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org REMINDER: "Get Out of Town" Deadline for receipt of submissions: December 12, 2007. Visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org for full prospectus and entry form.

Title: "Face In Paradise." Artist: Amy Ropp. Medium: Oil Paint. d: One of the works in Gifted 2007 on view at sTudio 6 in Ft Tilden Title: "Face In Paradise." Artist: Amy Ropp. Medium: Oil Paint. d: One of the works in Gifted 2007 on view at sTudio 6 in Ft Tilden The final RAA general meeting of 2007 will include elections for members of the RAA Board of Directors, and the holiday party. The entire meeting and party take place in sTudio 6 Gallery on Monday, December 10, starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Anyone who wishes to vote must have paid his/her membership dues for 2007.

Contact John Grillo c/o RAA for any further information. One of the highlights of the holiday party is always the spectacular, fantabulous, heartpounding "Grab Bag." We like to say in this column, "one person's dreck is another person's treasure." To give you a simple example: Remember that 'challushus' chia pet ditzy Aunt Matilda gave you a few years ago that is so gruesome, you can't even tell what the nature of the pet is? Well, take heart! Someone in RAA is probably, even as we speak, searching high and low for a green, garden-friendly companion that won't eat her out of house and home. So wrap it, ribbon it and recycle the little critter by bringing it to sTudio 6 Gallery on the night of December 10. Now, don't you feel relieved? Remember, you must wrap it, and you must bring a gift in order to take a gift. It is better to give and to receive.

KidsmART Genius Alert! Ross Radusky, one of kidsmART's Artist Instructors extraordinaire, was a guest on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," airing in NYC Friday, December 7 and Monday, December 10, on ABC Channel 7, at 12:30 p.m. Results are being kept secret, but those who know Radusky Ross speculate he did just fine. Go Ross! We'll be watching.

In loving memory of Barbara Eisenstadt, the Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) is presenting two very special benefit performances of "Our Town," the immortal modern classic by playwright Thornton Wilder. The limited performances are Saturday, Dec- ember 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 718-850-2450. All seats are $10. It was Barbara's urgent personal wish that this, her favorite play, be performed by the RTC, her favorite theater company.

The task of bringing "Our Town" to the stage of the Post Theater was not an easy one. Thanks go in large measure to RTC producer and publicist Susan Jasper for having the determination and sensitivity to accomplish this. Thanks also go to director Anthony Marino and his cast and crew for mounting the play in a short period of time.

Barbara's husband, Marvin, and daughter, Debra, spoke to Marino and his cast about the significance this play had for Barbara. The message the audience gleans from it was her philosophy of life. Live life to the fullest. Appreciate every day like it's the only day. This has been a very emotional journey for all concerned, but a vital one.

It was very important to RTC to fulfill Barbara's wish. For Jasper, the play is very much like Barbara Eisenstadt. She comments that Barbara had a simple demeanor, never ostentatious. Yet she was a woman of great emotional and intellectual depth. Jasper further explains that as conceived by Thornton Wilder, "Our Town" was groundbreaking in its time. It was the first American play to completely break the fourth wall. Characters speak to the audience. Further, Wilder insisted that the production be simple. No props are used, only pantomimed. The stage is bare. Simple, with a profound depth.

Unfortunately, Barbara didn't live to see the production. However, we are the beneficiaries of her gift to us - a play, which speaks to celebrating life to the fullest. And, perhaps she is aware of that.

If you haven't already, please read last week's issue of Beverly Baxter's column "On the Beach." I could never surpass Baxter's eloquence and insight about her dear friend and this play.

And please see "Our Town." Life's chances go by so quickly. We must live every moment.

CU@RoCA.
FORT TILDEN HIGHLIGHTS:
(FREE) "GIFTED 2007," RAA's annual member holiday show: On view
through December 16, sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden.
(FREE) GALLERY SITTER'S EVENT: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday,
December 9 @2 p.m. in sTudio 6, photographer/poet/musician/singer Dan
Guarino will perform.
(FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Every Thursday at 7
p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA. Call the RAA office to schedule your spot at
the mic.
(FREE) FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV: Every Friday Night in sTudio 7 the
improv group "No Shame Theater" performs and invites audience members
to join in. Call RAA office to sign up.
RAA GENERAL MEETING/ELECTIONS/HOLIDAY PARTY: Monday,
December 10 @ 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. z
"OUR TOWN"@RTC: December 8 @ 8 p.m. & December 9 @ 2 p.m. Tix &
info: 718-850-2450.

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