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GOD OF CARNAGE

God of Carnage is a comedy of manners without the manners!  This internationally acclaimed comedy takes you into the most dangerous place on Earth:  parenthood.  The play is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner.  However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into unmannered chaos.  From the writers that brought you the hit comedy ‘Art’ comes this savagely funny Tony-Award-Winning Best Play that will leave you roaring with laughter!

Age Recommendation: 16+ for mature language
Civic’s policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

Friday, June 17 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 23 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, June 24 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 25 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 26 @ 2:00 pm

 CAST LIST

VERONICA NOVAK……………………..HOLLY CATE
MICHAEL NOVAK……………………….ROBERT TREXLER
ANNETTE RALEIGH…………………….KATHLEEN OSWALT
ALAN RALEIGH…………………………CHRIS EGGING

PRODUCTION STAFF

DIRECTOR…………………………..…….WILL MORRIS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR………………….BILL JOACHIM
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER……..EMILY HELLER
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR……………..….ALEX MICHAELS
LIGHTING DESIGNER……………………ALEX MICHAELS
SOUND DESIGNER……………….…..….HELENA CONFER
PROPS MASTER………………….……….JASON SIZEMORE
HAIR/WIGS…………………………….….KIM DANISH

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TONYS & TAPAS
was a tremendous success! 

Thanks again to all of our sponsors:

 

 

Tonys & Tapas Sponsors

SPOTLIGHT SPONSORS
City Center Lehigh Valley
BB&T Bank

PROGRAM SPONSORS
A-Town Pawn and GoldBuckno, Lisicky & Company
MAGDA Design Studios
National Penn Insurance
Schaefer Industries
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Timothy Richard Fine Jewelry

PATRON SPONSORS
Dorothy J. Allen
JoAnn & Marc Basist
Alvin H. ButzCharles & Joan Cole
Dietrick Group, LLC
Embassy Bank
Joseph & Deborah Kochanasz
Dr. Vito & Patricia Logudice
Alan & Judith Morrison
Victoria Sanders Neff
Kathy & David Patterson
Lissette Santana
Carol Sizemore
Susan Ellis Wild
Stan & Shea Zukowski

CHAMPAGNE SPONSOR
Elena & Joe Pascal

MARTONY SPONSOR
Candida’s

BEER SPONSOR
Shangy’s

TAPAS SPONSORS
Biaggio’s
The Cakesmith
Centro
The Dime
Divine Catering
Kome
Ringer’s Roost
Roar
The Shanty on 19th
Yianni’s

FLORAL SPONSOR
Phoebe Floral Shop

PRINTING SPONSOR
AlphaGraphics

AUCTIONEER
Ray Starner

SPECIAL THANKS
Acoustic Guitarist, Frank M. Flandorffer Sr.; Diann Garnett;
C.E. Roth Formal Wear

CIVIC’S ANNUAL GALA A SUCCESS—THEATRE UNVEILS NEW LOGO

 Allentown, PA—On Sunday, June 12, 2016, Civic Theatre of Allentown hosted its 6th annual Tonys & Tapas celebration. The event raised over $25,000 for Civic Theatre and had nearly 100 attendees. The event also served to officially unveil Civic’s new logo in preparation for its 89th season. Sharon Glassman, Board President, stated in her welcome, “This evening, Broadway celebrates its best and brightest of the 2016 season by honoring each winner with the prestigious Antoinette Perry Award, thereby assuring these performers a place in theatre history. This afternoon, we not only celebrate those awardees, but also the inimitable magic that the theatre brings into each of our lives.”

Acoustic Guitarist Frank M. Flandorffer, Sr. serenaded guests upon their arrival as they walked down the red carpet and into Civic’s transformed scene shop, which was decorated with set pieces and costumes from past Civic productions. They then entered Civic Theatre514 to enjoy food and drink while bidding on the silent auction. Tapas for the event were provided by Biaggio’s, The Cakesmith, Centro, The Dime, Divine Catering, Kome, Ringer’s Roost, Roar, The Shanty on 19th and Yianni’s , and libations were provided by Elena and Joe Pascal, Candida’s and Shangy’s.
Guests were free to visit both of Civic’s buildings and to mingle underneath a tent that stretched across 19th Street. A troupe of singers appeared to musically announce the beginning of the live auction in the historic 19th Street Theatre. Auctioneer Ray Starner began the show, dazzling bidders with fabulous items.
The event culminated in a live performance, “A Tony Revue,” which was Directed and Conceived by William Sanders with Musical Direction by Justin Brehm. The revue featured performances by Dan Becker, Justin Brehm, Melissa Brehm, Andrea Cartagena, Tracy Ceschin, Autumn Colalillo, August Fegley, Brian Foley, Janis Greim, Emilie Leyes, Will Morris and Sarah Nekich.
The 2016 Tonys & Tapas Committee included Co-chairs Jason Sizemore and Marie Ann Sutera along with JoAnn Wilchek Basist, Kenn Colodonato, Maria DeFebo-Edwards, Sharon Lee Glassman, John Hedges, Shirley Kline, Will Morris, Kate Pistone, William Sanders and Patty Yurchak.

Sponsors included City Center Lehigh Valley; BB&T Bank; A-Town Pawn and Gold; Buckno, Lisicky & Company; MAGDA Design Studios; National Penn Insurance; Schaefer Industries; St. Luke’s University Health Network; Timothy Richard Fine Jewelry; Dorothy J. Allen; JoAnn & Marc Basist; Charles & Joan Cole; Dietrick Group, LLC; Embassy Bank; Joseph & Deborah Kochanasz; Dr. Vito & Patricia Loguidice; Alan & Judith Morrison; Victoria Sanders Neff; Kathy & David Patterson; Lissette Santana; Carol Sizemore; Susan Ellis Wild; Stan & Shea Zukowski.

 

 

 

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Related Impressions: Rudy Ackerman and Ann Lalik

June 2- July 5, 2016

Gallery 514, Civic Theater, Allentown

Please join us for the reception on Friday June 17, 6-8 p.m. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My work is motivated by my role as a woman in today’s society.  I create wearable pieces depicting feminine archetypes.  Jewelry as a metaphor exemplifies “those things” we carry around with us and the utilization of modern, traditional, and primitive techniques and materials represents jewelry through the ages.  Freedom, which comes from the recognition of our intuition, strength, compassion, history, fertility and our Creator, intrigues me.  Women have made great strides and we dare not step down from the pedestal we have earned. This is the challenge. For this exhibition, I focused on the formal, design vocabulary of my father’s work that holds a special place in my heart.  This exercise was inspirational for me beyond what I expected.  I started by clearly mimicking his work, and each pendent design led me to new concepts… some became distant departures.  A wonderful, creative synergy happened because when I started to conceptualize the work, I realized it required translucent, colors and I felt they needed to be large. So I dug out the cast acrylic and electroformed copper pieces I made thirty years ago! I was holding on to them waiting for the time to use them.  It seems to make perfect sense to me to be inspired by my father’s designs and to use materials I made such a long time ago, evolving from our shared past.

I always thought my dad and I would have a show together and I am sad he passed away before we did. In 2014 I was privileged to curate his retrospective at the Baum School of Art and in 2015, after he died, I reverently mounted a few of the sculptures he still had on his work bench in his studio. Both of these experiences rekindled a design vocabulary for me that I’m sure was influenced by him. His work in this exhibit represents paintings, prints and sculpture dating from as early as the 1970’s. The work shows diverse techniques yet a cohesive vocabulary that often includes circles, squares, lines and texture to create flowing movement and luscious surfaces. Mine is a new body of work in the form of wearable pendants that were specifically designed with my father’s vocabulary. They are not the usual conceptual “burdens” that tell stories about the stages of a woman’s life or of God’s grace. They simply incorporate circles, squares, texture, squiggly lines and color as an homage to my dad. In order to create the size, color and texture I envisioned, I used cast acrylic and electroformed specimens that I made thirty years ago. They were tucked away all this time, patiently waiting for me to use them for the perfect project. I hope you will be able to join us for this celebration!  

 -Ann Lalik

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rudy S. Ackerman was a native of Allentown, PA.  He was the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at The Baum School of Art and served as the school’s Executive Director from 1965-2005.  He is also known for his leadership of the Moravian College Department of Art in which he served as Chair from 1963-2002. He served on many committees and organizations including the Lehigh Art Alliance and the Allentown Arts Commission since 1994. He received his B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, and his Ed. D. from Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Ackerman was a graduate of William Allen High School in Allentown, PA and was a student of The Baum School of Art in his youth where he attended on a scholarship. He received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Individual Artist Award from The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, the Outstanding Professional Alumni Award from Kutztown University, the Outstanding Service Award from the Allentown Arts Commission and Who’s Who in American Art.

 

Ann Lalik is an art administrator, art educator and artist. As Gallery Director and Arts Coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lalik instituted the art gallery and art studio facilities on PSLV’s new campus in 2010 and continues to work with the faculty and administration to infuse the arts into the campus life.  Prior to her appointment at Penn State, for over 20 years, she served as Gallery Director, Education Director and ultimately Executive Director of the Baum School of Art in Allentown. Lalik developed jewelry and metalsmithing programs at The Baum School and Penn State Lehigh Valley.  Her teaching career spans more than three decades. Her studio is located in Allentown.  As an artist, she focuses on designing and creating wearable art objects that chronicle her life as a woman in modern society, using precious and non-precious metals, plastics and found objects. Education: M.F.A. and B.F.A, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.