Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving: An American Immigrant tale

 

 

 

Autumn is now in full swing and it’s the time of the year we give thanks.

 

 

 

We thank our veterans and serving military for 2 minutes every November 11 and at the end of the month we celebrate thanksgiving.

 

 

 

The Pilgrims celebrated “First Thanksgiving” October 1621. It’s the original American immigration story. Europeans came to another country with no support, no idea if it would work. All they knew it was going to a better opportunity. When things got bad, the locals with food welcomed them. It was the first harvest and success story for these immigrants.

 

 

 

It’s a story we tell and carrying on this story every year of thanks. It’s a tradition that came from a dinner that happened nearly 400 years ago.

 

 

 

Over the next year we at ripple effects Artists will carry on with our immigration stories. With award-winning writer Ina Chadwick’s “where the streets a paved with gold” evening on November 18th {https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/when-the-streets/dates/Nov-18-2019_at_0800PM} to our production of Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg ROSE COLORED GLASS in 2020.

 

 

 

Join us to make ripples and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Launch of Season 10. How do we practice ethical and responsible immigration?

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As we take on Story-Telling events and go into our 10th season, there is much to share!

We launch our season with the event above in which with a mix of poetry, music, and story-telling, we will hear heartwarming and poetic tales of immigration.  This year, we will continue to share stories, facts, and details about the topic of immigration and how to make the biggest impact in the year 2020.

 

We would like to pay a special acknowledgment to Board Member, Ina Chadwick who put this important event together.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

Spotlight on Designer of 2071 Al Kucsar

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This set from FROST/NIXON is one of the many designs of our featured Set Designer of “2071: The  World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren.”

Alexander Kulcsar has been designing sets for the stage since 1993, and has been resident set designer for Rainbow Theatre in Stamford, CT (an Equity company), and Square One Theatre in Stratford, CT. He is a also a graphic designer, writer, actor, documentarian and videographer. In 2015 he received an award from Square One for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre.

SET FOR FROST/NIXON (2013, Westport Community Theatre; directed by Bob Johnson).  What I liked most about this set was its flexibility for becoming many different locations with minimal furnishing; the platforms Right and Left gave characters who commented on the action an elevated space; the pixelated design on the back wall opened to allow entrances and exits. The live video screen was not as big as I liked, but I think it all worked well with our small space and limited resources.

Al, we thank you for your extensive work with Ripple Effect Artists and your commitment to our mission.

One last chance to see these amazing designs in Ripple Effect Artists’ Production of 2071 on August 29th!

Link HERE.

Here’s to designers creating ripples….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on our Lead actor of 2071–Robert Meksin

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With such a vast array of theatrical experience and passion for his work, we are proud to produce Robert Meksin!

This show marks Robert’s debut with Ripple Effect Artists. Theatrical
credits include Off-Broadway appearances in the title role of The
Canterville Ghost and performances in workshops with Playwrights
Horizons and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Performances in regional
theaters and various venues outside of NYC include: Great Lakes Theater
(OH), Cleveland Play House, Gretna Theatre (PA), Virginia Shakespeare
Festival, Greenbrier Valley Theatre (WV), Bagaduce Theatre (ME), and
Playwrights Theater of NJ. Festival appearances include: NYC Fringe,
Strindberg NY, FringeArts (Philadelphia), GayFest NYC, EstroGenius
(NYC), and West Village Musical Theatre. His Off-Off Broadway credits
consist of numerous roles, some of which are Buckingham (Richard III),
Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale), and Vanya (Uncle Vanya). Robert’s film
and TV work includes the lead role in Blind Date, winner of the Alliance
Media Northeast award. Robert is a member of The WorkShop Theater, in
NYC, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

 

We are thrilled to have him!

 

Why are climate facts misleading…..

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We often believe that if the drastic measures are not the truth, then perhaps there is not much to worry about or worse yet, that what we believe to be true about Climate Change is unreal completely.   I recently have taken many quizzes related to the climate crisis and gotten some answers wrong simply because I am always assuming the worst.  For instance, I thought the planet’s global temperature raised by 5 degrees rather than 1.69 degrees.   So what does this leave me thinking….

WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS!…AND WE DON’T!

The image above shows an overall scope of Climate Change at a 2 degree growth rate globally.  It is not merely warmth we are seeing–it is increased floods, species decreasing and increasing, food decline, economic decline, etc.   Many speak about climate change as something to be feared for the future and rightly so.  Yet, in addition, it is my intention to prove the Climate Change is something that is actually happening NOW.   See this in images below.

 

 

Why do we not relate to Hurricanes, Draughts, and Extreme Flooding as something that needs immediate attention?   It is these extreme events that cause extreme destruction personally and economically.

So, we talk plenty about problems.   Why not talk about solutions.   This inspiring video does just that.   Time to focus on what to do next.

 

Spotlight on Director of Ripple Effect Artists’ 2071!

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Our easy access to technology often leaves us feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of the world’s social and environmental issues……

The little mobile device in our hands makes it easy for us to remain detached and numb to the problems plaguing our planet. Art has the power to awaken our paralyzed senses by changing our prospective. Once we relate to the “other”, we begin to feel a connection to the larger world community. Art’s ripple effect can empower and…..

Propel us to take action for the greater good.

 

We are so thrilled to have Carin Zakes direct our August Production of 2071!