Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes offers a rare insight into the careers of prominent professional artists and other interesting personalities. Held on Friday evenings from 6:30 - 8:15pm at the North Greens Golf Course, each event begins with a reception with the speaker followed by an informal interview in which visitors discuss their careers, give us a glimpse "backstage," and share personal anecdotes about the people they have met and the experiences they've had. Designed as a lively "give and take," Behind the Scenes is a unique opportunity to learn first hand about a variety of intriguing people. Sponsored byThe Atlanta National Bank and the City of Atlanta/North Greens Golf Course
Tickets for individual events are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students under 21. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Library or at the door on the night of the event. Those purchasing tickets to four or more events receive a 10% discount. There are no discounts on student tickets.
October 25, 2013: St. Louis Zoo/Baby Animals
One of the most exciting things at the St.Louis Zoo is when babies are born! Kick off this year's Behind the Scenes in unique fashion as professionals from the Zoo discuss how the Zoo manages its baby animal populations. Learn about responsible animal management at the Zoo, research efforts, and challenges the Zoo faces in managing its baby animal population. Sorry...no live animals because we are too far away, but there will be lots of information about how animals care for their young, as well as pictures and stories about the baby animals who live at the St. Louis Zoo. Please note that this program is specifically designed by the Zoo as an adult program and is not appropriate for young children.
Reception sponsored by Joel Farms, Inc.
November 22: Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director, Roadside Theater
Dudley Cocke is Artistic Director of Roadside Theater and Interim Director of Appalshop, the award-winning Appalachian arts and humanities center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, of which Roadside is a part. Roadside Theater is a professional ensemble that creates and tours original plays about its homeland in Appalachia. The company is known for its artistic collaborations with African American, Native American and Latino theater artists and for its community residency process that has inspired the creation of many new theaters across the country. Since 1978, under Dudley's leadership, Roadside has toured its work in 43 states, with extended runs Off-Broadway in New York City, and has represented the United States at international festivals in the Czech Republic, Sweden, England, Denmark, and elsewhere.
Recognized nationally and internationally for creating artistic opportunities and a sense of pride for people who have not seen their lives reflected in the mainstream of American cultural institutions, Dudley has a special affinity for rural America and its stories, and he frequently writes and speaks publicly about democratic cultural values and achieving social justice through the arts. In 2002, he received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. He has directed the premieres of 29 main stage productions, including Why the Cowboy Sings for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and, in 2003, Zuni Meets Appalachia at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York City and the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Presently, he is co-authoring the book and co-directing the musical, Betsy, a Roadside collaboration with Nashville jazz musicians and New York City’s Pregones Theater.
While he is here, Dudley will also lead an intergenerational story circle with 15 local residents to demonstrate for us how telling stories can strengthen the community and preserve local history.
January 10: Robert LuPone, Actor, Dancer and Artistic Director of MCC Theater in New York City
Bob LuPone began his career as a dancer, but following his graduation from Juilliard, he sustained career-ending injury and went on to study acting. As a company member at the renowned Circle Rep in New York and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, he worked as a dancer on Broadway where he performed as the apostle James on stage and in the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also starred in the original production of A Chorus Line, receiving a Tony nomination for his role as Zach.
As an actor, Bob has performed on Broadway in A Thousand Clowns, Sam Shepard's True West, and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. His numerous television appearances include parts in Sex in the City, Law & Order, Gravity, and a recurring role as Dr. Cusamano in The Sopranos. Bob can also be seen in the films Order of Redemption, Funny Games, Then She Found Me as well as The Door in the Floor. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on All My Children, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for originating the role of Crow in Tooth of the Crime.
Bob is Artistic Director of the Off-Broadway theater company, MCC Theater. In addition to an annual season of three full-length productions, MCC Theater has developed one of the leading literary departments and education/outreach programs in New York City. Throughout its 25-year history, the Theater has produced plays by some of the country's leading playwrights. In 2004, MCC Theater transferred Byrony Lavery’s Frozen to Broadway where it garnered four Tony nominations, and in 2008, the Theater received three Tony nominations for its production of Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty.
January 31, 2014: Ryan Aper, Florida Marlins outfielder; Dave Kindred, Sportswriter
Ryan Aper graduated from Lincoln High School in 2011, with the single-season hits record and single-season pitching wins record in the school's history. He attended Lincoln Land Community College from 2011-13 where he held the single-season highest batting average at .462 and was a two-time National Junior College All-American, Conference Player of the Year (2013), Regional Player of the Year (2013), and National Junior College Player of the Year (2013). Ryan was drafted by the Marlins in the sixth round of the MLB draft in June 2013. He played in Batavia, NY and the Jupiter, Florida Gulf Coast League.
Dave Kindred is a Hall of Fame sports columnist who says he learned everything he needed to know about sports and writing at Atlanta High School. A member of the AHS Class of 1959, he played baseball and basketball for the celebrated coach, Doc Kinsey, and learned to appreciate the English language under the stern gaze of Clarice Swinford. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, Dave worked at The Pantagraph, the Louisville (KY) Courier Journal, the Washington Post and the Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution. Now a senior writer for Golf Digest, Dave is the author of nine books, including Sound and Fury, a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell. Dave now lives in Carlock, Illinois, with his wife of 51 years, Cheryl, with whom he starred as the romantic lead in his senior class play at AHS.
Reception sponsored by Heartland Seed Production, Inc.
February 14: Brian Davis, singer/songwriter
Join us for a special Valentine's Day cabaret with Indy singer-songwriter Brian Davis. Many of you may remember Brian from his appearance last year with the band, Something With Trees at our September MusicFest. Brian started playing guitar when he was 18, deciding shortly afterward that what he really wanted to do was write songs. He has made two recordings of his work, and over the past two years has continued to write and perform. He performed with Something with Trees in 2011 and 2012, and when the band split up to pursue individual interests, Brian renewed his interest in solo work. Using his experience of studying and writing fiction as his backdrop, Brian released his latest album, Lesser Tragegies, under the moniker "A Metropolitan Guide" on April 29, 2013. Word has it that Brian has a parallel life as a popular sports blogger, writing about the Bears and Cubs....we'll have to ask him about that, too!
This special Behind the Scenes event is sponsored by the Atlanta Betterment Fund.
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