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Announcing Sylvia

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:42 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 8:42 AM ]

DAC Stage is proud to announce our production of Sylvia, a comedy by A.R. Gurney.
 Join us for some laughs and a fun night out!


Greg, a middle-aged husband, brings home a dog he found in the park - or that has found him - bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age, but to his wife Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. 

Our production is directed by Christian Amato and produced by Carin Zakes and Nova Hall. It is sponsored by A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming in Darien and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. 

ABOUT OUR CAST & DIRECTOR:  

David Jackins, who plays Greg, has previously been seen on the DAC stage as Charlie in On Golden Pond. He has also performed in Spring Awakening, The Farnsworth Invention, Our Town, and The Drowsy Chaperone with other Fairfield County companies. Dave is a founding member of Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, and is the founder/director of Creative Summer at The Mead School, which celebrated its 28th anniversary this summer. 

Jacquie Carlsen, who plays Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie, has acted in Watch on The Rhine and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Westport Community Theater, and in The Wizard of Oz, I Remember Mama, and Guys and Dolls at Curtain Call in Stamford. Jacquie works by day as a copywriter at Conair Corporation in Stamford. 

Giovanna Olcese, Sylvia in the production, studied with Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab and is a member of the Theater Artist Workshop of Connecticut. Her most recent projects include The Incident and The 39 Steps with The Westport Community Theatre, Time Stands Still with Town Players of New Canaan, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with the Vagabond Theatre Company. 

Susan Stanton plays the role of Kate. She has been seen in Doubt and Rabbit Hole with Westport Community Theatre, on ABC television’s All My Children and in several Play with Your Food performances. Theatre Artists Workshop projects include her original performance pieces Forever & Always and Weightless. Letting Go, a film for which she choreographed and performed, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival. 

Christian Amato is a director, producer and theatrical strategist who has produced over 45 off-Broadway productions. He has served as a producer for Rocky and The Color Purple and has developed successful campaigns on Broadway for productions such as Kinky Boots, Matilda, Mothers and Sons and It's Only A Play. He served as founder and producing artistic director of The Theatre Project and Shakespeare Off-Broadway, which TheaterMania has hailed as "Exciting and innovative." 


November 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm and November 5 & 11 at 2pm

Performances take place in the 
DAC Weatherstone Studio 
at 2 Renshaw Road 
Behind the Darien Town Hall. 

Tickets are $25. For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683. 

Audience members can enter a raffle to win one free mobile dog grooming from sponsor, A Total Look, Mobile Dog Grooming, at DAC Stage performances of Sylvia. Winner will be announced after the final performance of Sylvia, on November 11th and published here, on the Darien Arts Center website.

Many thanks to our sponsor A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming!


Please contact us at (203) 655-8683 or email us at dacadmin@darienarts.org if you are interested in volunteering for upcoming DAC Stage productions.

Beatles Night

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:54 AM by Darien Arts Center

BEATLES NIGHT IS SOLD OUT!
A DAC Stage original production

September 30th, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Audience members will be transported back to the Beatles frenzy of 1964 at this fun-filled event featuring a live band performing the band’s popular favorites. Join us for a family-friendly evening that is all about the Beatles. 

Claire Kenny and Billy Shubeck along with local band, Sun Kings, will perform popular Beatles tunes sure to inspire a sing-a-long atmosphere from the crowd. The group will play numerous hits such as “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Help!”, “Hey Jude” and many more. Band members of Sun Kings include Frank D’Andrea (lead guitar), Gary Kristoph (keyboards and vocals), Lou Patrick (bass guitar and vocals), Frank Riccio (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Joe Roberti (drums).

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Baby, the Musical

posted May 8, 2017, 8:14 AM by Darien Arts Center

You won't forget this musical that examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Three couples work their way towards parenthood under three very different circumstances. There are college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

April 21, 22, 28, 29 & May 5, 6 at 8pm
April 23 & 30 at 2pm

Directed by Carin Zakes

With:
Billy Shubeck

Hilary Webster
Jeffrey Aldana
Danielle A. Valdes
Peter Green
Lisa Spielman

And: 
Juan Londoño
Beth Brandon
Michele Salustri
Alison Soderquist
Julie Thaxter-Gourlay 
Regina Elliott
Jonathan Hall

DAC Stage Presents Wordsmith

posted Feb 6, 2017, 2:51 PM by Darien Arts Center

Playwright Rocco Natale is performing in his latest play, a comedy and one-night staged reading, Wordsmith, on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

Rocco's comedy is about life, love and the pursuit of a dog. Main character Phillip Bosch is many things: a professor of English Literature, renowned waffle expert, and cross-word puzzle award-winner, but he’s not what you would call a “dog person.” Then Houdini, an orphaned bulldog comes into his life. Phillip comes to notice strange coincidences and becomes convinced that his beloved dog is sending him messages through the daily crossword puzzle.

Rocco, a Greenwich resident, shared his enthusiasm for his latest work, "I am excited to share Wordsmith with theatergoers at The Darien Arts Center. It will be the first time that this one-man play is presented in front of an audience. That's an exhilarating prospect, but also terrifying. It’s a great opportunity for our creative team and patrons to hear the play for the first time. Most people go to the theatre and never realize how many readings and workshops plays go through before production. I'm thrilled that audiences will get a look at how new plays are created."

Wordsmith is directed by New Canaan’s Claire Kelly, who also works as artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton. Tickets are not necessary to attend the performance; a donation of $10 is suggested. DAC Weatherstone Studio doors open at 7:00 p.m. for seating and refreshments.

Coming Soon: Baby, the musical

posted Feb 6, 2017, 2:27 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 1:41 PM ]

DAC Stage is happy to announce that we have cast the principal roles of Baby. We can still use 2-3 men for the ensemble. If you are interested, email director Carin Zakes at czakes@me.com.

Here are the roles we've cast:

Danny Hopper - Billy Shubeck
Lizzy Fields - Hilary Webster
Nick Sakarian - Jeffrey Aldana
Pam Sakarian - Danielle A.Valdes
Alan Mcnalley - Peter Green
Arlene Mcnalley - Lisa Spielman

Ensemble:
Beth Brandon
Michele Salustri
Alison Soderquist
Julie Thaxter-Gourlay
Regina Elliott
Jonathan Hall

 

DAC Stage 2016-2017 Season

posted Oct 3, 2016, 11:12 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 11:13 AM ]

DAC Stage, the Darien Art Center’s community theatre group, has two remaining shows in its 2016-2017 season, a comedy, which is a one-night staged reading by a local playwright, and a musical. “We are very excited to build on the momentum that DAC Stage has recently gained as a noteworthy theatre group,” said Amy Allen, executive director. “There is something for everyone in the upcoming season.” 


The next production of the DAC Stage season is a quirky new comedy that takes place on February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. Wordsmith is a one-night staged reading by local playwright Rocco Natale about life, love and the pursuit of a dog. Phillip Bosch, is many things: a professor of English Literature, renowned waffle-expert, and cross-word puzzle award-winner, but he's not what you would call a "dog person." Then Houdini, an orphaned bulldog comes into his life. Phillip comes to notice strange coincidences and becomes convinced that his beloved dog is sending him messages through the daily crossword puzzle. 

Rounding out the season in the spring of 2017, is Baby by Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire. Carin Zakes directs this production with performances on April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 8 p.m., and April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Three couples work their way towards parenthood under three very different circumstances. There are college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

Beatles Night is Sold Out

posted Sep 22, 2016, 12:22 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 5:58 AM ]


If you are lucky enough to have tickets for Beatles Night, this Saturday, September 24th at the DAC, you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with John Lennon's 1972 Chrysler prior to this one-night event. Photographs with the car will be taken for a fee of $20, from 7-7:45 p.m. For an added Beatles experience, and with a $1000 donation to the DAC, transportation to and from the event in Lennon's car, weather permitting, can be arranged. For photos or special transportation in John Lennon’s car, please call (203) 655-8683.

DAC Stage Presents Beatles Night, September 24th @ 8:00pm

posted Sep 2, 2016, 11:35 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 10:57 AM ]


Paul Block, Gary Kristoph, Claire Kenny, Lou Patrick, and Frank Riccio rehearse in the DAC Weatherstone Studio for Beatles Night.

Paul Block, Gary Kristoph, Frank Riccio, Lou Patrick, Mike Conin, Claire Kenny, Chris Balestriere and Darien resident Robert Schaffer comprise the band that will perform two sets of Beatles hits sure to inspire avsing-a- long atmosphere from the crowd. Schaffer, a life-long Beatles fan, and Regina Elliott, DAC Stage committee chair were part of the decision process that led to the event at the DAC. Schaffer shared their enthusiasm, “When Regina had the idea to bring the ‘Beatles Night’ experience to the DAC Weatherstone Studio, we couldn’t have been happier. We are all big Beatles fans.”

Schaffer, Riccio, and Patrick play guitar, with Block on keyboards, Conin on drums and Kristoph on bass. Kristoph, Riccio, Kenny, Balestriere and Patrick share vocals on various tunes. The group will play numerous hits such as “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Help!”, “Hey Jude” and many more. “Our hardest job right now is narrowing down our playlist. There are so many Beatles hits that the audience will love, plus we all have so many of our own favorites. It’s a good problem to have,” added Schaffer.

Beatles Night, a fun-filled evening produced by DAC Stage, promises to deliver a trip back in time to re-live the Beatles frenzy of 1964. The one-night event takes place on September 24th at 8 pm in the DAC Weatherstone Studio and features a live band of local musicians performing favorites made popular by the Fab Four.

Tickets
 for Beatles Night on September 24th in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall, are $30.

Beatles Night is the first production of the 2016-2017 season for DAC Stage, the community theatre group of the Darien Arts Center. Popular productions of past seasons include, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, God of Carnage and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. 

DAC Stage committee members Donna Wyant and Regina Elliott, and Amy Allen, DAC executive director pose with John Lennon’s 1972 Chrysler station wagon. 

The vintage car, owned by Darien resident Hank Goiella, will be available, weather permitting, for photographs prior to Beatles Night. 

Photographs with the car will be taken for a fee of $20, from 7-7:45 p.m. prior to the one-night event. 

For an added Beatles experience and with a $1000 donation to the DAC, transportation to and from the event in Lennon's car, also weather permitting, can be arranged. 

DAC Stage Announces Its 2016-2017 Season

posted Aug 5, 2016, 8:18 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 11:35 AM ]


DAC Stage, the Darien Art Center’s community theatre group, has announced its 2016-2017 season, featuring four shows: an original production featuring Beatles music played by a live band, a comedy, which is a one-night staged reading by a local playwright, a musical and a drama. The works will run in the DAC Weatherstone Studio from September 2016 through May 2017. “We are very excited to build on the momentum that DAC Stage has recently gained as a noteworthy theatre group,” said Amy Allen, executive director. “There is something for everyone in the upcoming season.”
The new season will begin with Beatles Night, a DAC Stage original production, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. Audience members will be transported back to the Beatles frenzy of 1964 at this fun-filled event featuring a live band performing the band’s popular favorites. There will be a brief history lesson and audience sing-alongs included in the family-friendly evening that is all about the Beatles.

The second production of the DAC Stage season is a quirky new comedy that takes place on February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. Wordsmith is a one-night staged reading by local playwright Rocco Natale about life, love and the pursuit of a dog. Phillip Bosch, is many things: a professor of English Literature, renowned waffle-expert, and cross-word puzzle award-winner, but he's not what you would call a "dog person." Then Houdini, an orphaned bulldog comes into his life. Phillip comes to notice strange coincidences and becomes convinced that his beloved dog is sending him messages through the daily crossword puzzle.

Rounding out the season in the spring of 2017, is Baby by Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire. Carin Zakes directs this production with performances on April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 8 p.m., and April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Three couples work their way towards parenthood under three very different circumstances. There are college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

Charlie Brown Receives 5 Nominations

posted Jun 13, 2016, 11:39 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jul 27, 2016, 11:30 AM by Amy Allen ]



You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, production of Darien Arts Center Stage, the community theatre group of the Darien Arts Center has received 5 nominations for the 2016 On Stage Critics Awards. They include Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Principal Cast in a Musical (Matthew Casey, Jenifer Condon, Chris Meindl, Billy Shubeck, Ben Noam Yakir and Melinda Zupaniotis,), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Peter Green), Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Billy Shubeck), and Outstanding Music Direction (Dwayne Condon). The public may vote for their choices until June 19th at onstageblog.com

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