Thursday, November 1, 2018
Created by: April Sweeney & Saviana Stanescu
Music by: Ubaldo Dante Valli
HAMILTONY (Hamilton, NY)
A local yet global exploration of ‘home’ as a (fire)place, a feeling, a destination, and everything in-between. Apolyphonic call and response for 4 voices and a violin. A small New York town. A performance.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
April Sweeney is an actress, theater maker and educator who has performed internationally in theaters and festivals in Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, France, and Hungary. Inthe United States she has performed in regional theater, a national tour, off-Broadway and downtown New York theater over the past fifteen years. She has created She, and the Empty Living Room at the undergroundzero festival NYC, Atardecer 43 (Teatro Comunitaria) in Villa Traful, Argentina, A Short Play for 3 Spanish Speaking Actresses Stuck in a Cherry Orchard & Contemplations on a 4 Minute Macbeth at Laboratorio Teatral WILLALDEA. For Colgate University she has directed several projects and is currently developing AT A LOSS, an intimate theater performance memoir by Sauda Jackson for a NYC produciton in 2019. She is the recipient of the 2017-18 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Translations Collaboration Fellowship with Brenda Werth for the translation of Fauna into English by Argentine playwright Romina Paula. April is Associate Professor of Theater at Colgate University and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Saviana Stanescu is an award-winning Romanian-born playwright and ARTivist based in New York/Ithaca. Her plays include Aliens with extraordinary skills, Ants (both published by Samuel French), Lenin’s Shoe, Useless, Toys, Bechnya, Hurt, Hobo-Jungle, Waxing West (2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award), What Happens Next, developed/produced at Women’s Project, La MaMa, New York Theatre Workshop, EST, HERE, New Georges, Lark, Cherry, Teatro La Capilla, etc. She teaches Playwriting and Contemporary Theatre/Performance at Ithaca College and is the founder of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York.
Ubaldo Valli is Music Director and Conductor of the State University of New York at Cortland College-Community Orchestra as well as organizer and director of the Pierstown Concert Series in Cooperstown, New York. Active in upstate New York, he was co-founder and Music Director of the Northeast String Orchestra and the Saratoga Springs Youth Symphony, Conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra String Ensemble and Advanced Chamber Ensemble and Music Director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra. As a violinist, he plays with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, New York), the Albany Symphony (where he has played on many recordings, including a 2014 Grammy winner) and is a lecturer of violin at Hamilton College. As a theater improviser, he has performed in the United States and Europe and has studied with Keith Johnstone, Shawn Kinley, Steve Jarand, Patti Stiles, Scotty Watson and at Second City Chicago and recently presented a paper at Oxford University connecting the work of Keith Johnstone to orchestral performance and conducting.