January 25, 2013
IF YOU CAN measure a person's fortune by his or her friends, then Ed Shockley may be one of Philadelphia's richest people. Shockley, who turns 56 Saturday, is the award-winning author of about 80 plays. In September, he suffered a serious stroke. While his physical rehabilitation has proceeded apace, he is still suffering some cognitive and communication problems that have seriously cut into his ability to earn income and pay bills. Saturday, a number of his friends in the local theater community are rallying at Queen Village's Shubin Theatre to celebrate Shockley's career and, more importantly, raise some money to help relieve the financial pressures he's facing.
March 22, 2007 |
Fifteen years ago, after AIDS invaded the dance world, a group of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers wanted to use their talents to help out - but how? They talked and talked, until one of them suggested they just "shut up and dance. " Which they did, in the form of a benefit performance, Shut Up and Dance, but with a twist: The dancers produced the show, and did all the choreography, something most had not done before. The money raised went to Manna, an organization begun two years earlier to provide meals to people who were suffering from HIV and AIDS.
June 22, 2005 |
Once again, the stars are coming out to support a cause. This time it's the Live 8 global pop-music concert extravaganza, here and in eight other cities on July 2, that seeks to galvanize public support for combating African poverty. It comes 20 years after Live Aid, the all-star benefit shows here and in London that raised $180.7 million (in today's dollars) to aid African famine relief. Both productions are in the long show-business tradition of involvement in humanitarian, social and political issues, from helping workers organize to helping candidates get elected.
August 15, 2004 |
"When someone is in need, the best way for a theater to help is to put on a show," said Ron Quirk of the Barley Sheaf Players. "That's what we do best. " So that is what the Lionville theater group has done. With entertainment ranging from comedy to show tunes to a little bit of gospel music, a benefit for a longtime theater member will be held Saturday night at Downingtown East High School. Barley Sheaf will offer a preview of its September show, Side by Side by Sondheim, a tribute to the lyrics and music of Stephen Sondheim.
April 18, 2002 |
Carl Reiner, the comic actor, writer and director who has been entertaining since the 1950s, will give a benefit performance at 8 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. The program, "Laughter is the Best Medicine," is a rare opportunity to see the 12-time Emmy Award winner in a personal stage setting. Reiner most recently appeared in the movie Ocean's Eleven. Ticket prices range from $50 to $65. Adults older than 65 will be admitted for $36. For tickets or more information, call 215-635-6611.
August 7, 2001 |
The ballet rehearsal is in progress. The stage in the darkened theater is lit, but the only thing moving is Tara Keating's hand. Sitting on a folding chair, she advances her flattened palm slowly away from her face, then gently exhales over it, as if to scatter imaginary dandelion fluff. All this is caught on the digital video camera mounted just a few feet away, manned by filmmaker Tobin Rothlein. In the finished ballet, he explains later, Keating's large-scale projected hand and face will seem to blow the real dancers across the stage.
November 16, 1999 |
The language of movement may be international. But, as three Korean choreographers showed last weekend at the Painted Bride, modern and even postmodern dance can be spoken with refreshingly distinctive accents in different countries. In-young Sohn, from a traditional Korean dance background, has also worked in New York. Her first solo (choreographed by American Claire Porter) drew parallels between the heavy work boots she danced in, and the struggle to communicate in her second language, English.
March 16, 1999 |
Group Motion Company tackled another big subject with its new multimedia dance work, Spaces, last weekend at the Painted Bride Art Center: the impact of technology on our social spaces. With Tobin Rothlein's strong video sequences layered over or counterpointing the action, this evening-length piece succeeded in generating some trenchant, thought-provoking moments. Director Manfred Fischbeck, as a uniformed elevator man, opened Saturday's performance and introduced the unifying image, a crowd of barely interacting souls on an elevator (a video sequence that returned between dance segments)
March 6, 1998 |
At 8 p.m. Saturday, a number of local dancers and choreographers will hit the stage of the Forrest Theater, 114 Walnut St., in "Shut Up & Dance," a benefit performance to raise funds for the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance - a/k/a MANNA - which takes meals to homebound people with HIV and AIDS. Meredith Rainey, a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet corps, is among those who have choreographed pieces for this event. He's been involved in the all-volunteer project since its inception in 1993.
January 28, 1997 |
Deaf poet Peter Cook encourages Randy Spann to express with his face as Joseph Conard watches at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Germantown. Cook, who has performed around the country, is visiting through Feb. 8 to help students and teachers explore American Sign Language. He will present a benefit performance Friday. For more information on the benefit or the workshops, call 215-951-4720.