Upper Jay Art Center staff have recently announced a diverse lineup of events to suit an array of interests, including a dance party slated for this Saturday, November 11, a play reading of Six Men Dressed Like Joseph Stalin by Dianne Nora on Saturday, November 18, and a concert featuring the band Low Lily on Saturday, December 9. Please see below for details on these events.
Dance Party: Saturday, November 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.
DJ David Sommerstein is back with his eclectic mix of dance grooves! Join us for a night of dancing in the Lounge. The fresh, eclectic dance mix of DJ David Sommerstein spins dance music from all over the world. You may hear cumbia or bluegrass or afrobeat or jazz, but it’ll keep your body moving and your spirits up. There is a $10 suggested donation. Tickets are available online at this link.
Play Reading: Six Men Dressed Like Joseph Stalin by Dianne Nora: Saturday, November 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.:
Join us for this special developmental play reading of new work by playwright Dianne Nora. Admission by donation (pay what you can.) Tickets are available online at this link.
About the Play:
When Soso is left for dead on the Eastern Front, he’s taken in by the Kremlin due to his shocking resemblance to a certain someone. Koba is tasked with training him to perform the role of a lifetime: Stalin’s body double. While Soso is a performer—trained to dance, juggle, and tour the countryside entertaining peasants, Koba is an Actor’s Actor, a student of Stanislavski himself (maybe you’ve heard of his System?), committed to the pursuit of perezhivanie, or experiencing a character’s reality. Based roughly on the life of Felix Dadaev, one of Stalin’s known doubles, the play draws on the historical events of Stalin’s life, the acting methods of the 1940s, and the demise of Yakov Dhugasvilli (Stalin’s real son, who died in a Nazi prison as his father refused to negotiate for his release), as the doubles prepare for the Conference at Tehran, when three so-called Great Men (or were they merely players?) decided the fate of the 20th century.
About the Playwright:
Dianne Nora is a playwright, dramaturg, and comedy writer. She was a 2018-2019 member of Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she was commissioned to write Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Living Document. She recently assisted her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premiere and Broadway productions of his play The Minutes, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In 2019, an abbreviated version of her play Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, where The Spectator named it the “Best of the Fringe.” Her play for young audiences, Journey Around My Bedroom, was produced at New Ohio Theatre in 2020, and recommended by The New York Times (Top 5, Weekend Section). She’s a headline and features contributor at The Onion, and her humor writing has also appeared on Funny Or Die and The Hard Times, where she was previously Head Writer of Breaking News. BA: New York University; MPhil: Trinity College Dublin; MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts.
Directed by Gabrielle Schutz; Performed by Tyler Nye and Noël Carmichael.
Concert: Low Lily’s Winter Solstice Celebration: Saturday, December 9 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Join us in the Recovery Lounge for a night of music with Low Lily. Tickets are available online for $15 each at this link.
About the Band:
American Roots band Low Lily celebrates the Solstice! This high energy show will feature instrumentals alongside impeccably arranged songs to honor the season. Between them, the musicians play mandolins, guitars, fiddle, banjo, and sing in three part vocal harmonies. With the release of their new record ‘Angels in the Wreckage’ (produced by Dirk Powell), the New England-based band LOW LILY brings their infectious sound to a new level. With the energy of fiddle music, the introspective quality of contemporary folk, the precision of bluegrass, and the drive of Americana, the members of Low Lily combine their individual talents into one stunning soundscape.
Low Lily has shared their signature sound with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two #1 songs on international folk radio and two Independent Music Award wins. In 2018, the band released a full-length album with 2X award-winning title track “10,000 Days Like These” and their original song “Hope Lingers On”, which has been sung by choirs around the world as an anthem for peace and justice.
“Low Lily brandishes their formidable individual folk foundations within a collective sound that’s as smart with sense of pop phrasing and flair as it is roots-savvy.” –Roots Music Report
“[Low Lily has] an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound… it’s a blend that works beautifully.” –PopMattersAND
The Upper Jay Art Center is located at 12198 State Hwy 9N, Upper Jay, NY.
Photo at top: Crowd shot of an event inside the Upper Jay Art Center. Upper Jay Art Center website photo.