Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jan 24th & 27th Short Plays Inspired By Large Paintings From Current HVCCA Exhibit


12 December 2007

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Announces Size Matters: Image & Script in collaboration with the

Hudson Valley Writers Center

and stage directors Mara Mills and Tom Kramer

Thursday, January 24th, 2008 and Sunday, January 27th, 2008

HVCCA Contact: Paul Brewer, Executive Director, 914.788.0100,

Peekskill, N.Y. In a collaboration between the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Hudson Valley Writers' Center and stage directors Mara Mills and Tom Kramer, IMAGE & SCRIPT presents five to six 5-10 minute short plays inspired by paintings in Size Matters: XXL, an exhibition of monumental size works by 31 international artists. Featuring works by winning playwrights William Coyle, Barbara Fischer, David Fox, Ron Frankel, Theodore D. Kemper and Joshua A. Kashinsky.

Each respective painting serves as a backdrop for the plays. The audience will move from one painting to another as the performance progresses. Audience is limited to 30 people a showing. Additional performance times will be added by demand. There will be time after the performance to view the entire exhibit. Seating is on the floor or standing.


Featuring 31 artists from 9 different countries, XXL presents work in which large-scale plays an essential role in the success of the painting. These works occupy nearly the entire visual field of the viewer and demand attention. They range from brash and confrontational (Meese) to quiet and elegiac (Khedoori). They include self-portraiture (Pei-Ming), pure abstraction (Kowski), landscape (Kroner), minimalism (Buren), allegory (Rauch), and representation (Henning). The exhibition investigates the range of some of the best painting today

Thursday, January 24th, 2008 with wine & cheese reception to follow
Time: 8:00PM Admission: $16 HVCCA & Hudson Valley Writers Center members, $20 non-members

Sunday, January 27th, 2008
Time: 3:00PM Admission: $12 HVCCA & Hudson Valley Writers Center members, $15 non-members

For Tickets: Call 914.788.0100 or email



The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art opened to the public in 2004. Founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family, the not-for-profit center is dedicated to the development and presentation of new art, exhibits and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationships to societal issues. The Center is committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major center for art and culture. HVCCA operates a 12,000 square foot exhibition space in Peekskill and is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, city-wide exhibition of site-specific artwork. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 6pm and by appointment.


Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 with a mission to advance the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers at all levels to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It offers classes for professional and amateur writers, presents public readings by well-known and emerging prose writers and poets, does outreach work in several community sites, and publishes at least one book of poetry each year under the imprint Slapering Hol Press. Programs and events at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center are made possible in part by grants from the Bydale Foundation, the David G. Taft Foundation, the Orchard Foundation, and the Thendara Foundation; and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the Basic Program Support Grant of the Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government.


Mara Mills has been a professional storyteller, stage director, producer and arts educator for more than twenty years. She is the author of Rites of Passage, an integrated curriculum on script writing (National Middle School's Association Journal, February 1990), and a chapter on children as storytellers in the text Integrating Curriculum through the Arts, as well as a book of poetry, Ashes and Tea. Recently, she worked with Domestic Abuse Survivors to create a choral script. Mara created Drama Departments for The Mead School in Greenwich and The Learning Community in Westport and was the Artistic Director of the successful Herbert Mark Newman Theatre from 1991 - 2004. She received the 1996 award for outstanding service to theatre from the national theatre association and the 2007 Cab Calloway award for her work in theatre in Westchester.

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