THE CREATIVE PLACE INTERNATIONAL
DISTRIBUTES SARATOGA CHIPS PROCEEDS TO LOCAL CHARITIES
Continuing a tradition of sharing box office proceeds from its productions with other area charities, The Creative Place International (CPI) has distributed a total of $4,552.50 to six area charities who worked with CPI to gather an audience for SARATOGA CHIPS performances at The Arts Center in Saratoga August 1-11.
Beneficiaries of the CPI proceeds-sharing initiative are: St. Clement’s Church, Maple Ave. Middle School Musical Club, The Brave Will Foundation, Saratoga County Children’s Committee, Shelters of Saratoga and the Yaddo Garden Association.
The Children’s Committee said, “Our committee was honored to have been chosen to receive half of the proceeds from ticket sales that night and were delighted to work with such a talented group of theatre professionals. Quality and professionalism describes our experience in every way! Volunteers helping other volunteers...it doesn't get any better than that!”
Kathy Mattes of the Yaddo Garden Association said, “We were thrilled to partner with CPI's multi-talented theatre professionals. It was great to collaborate with another group of dedicated volunteers to support the community.”
SARATOGA CHIPS was specifically commissioned by CPI to be part of the Saratoga 150 Celebration, marking the Saratoga Race Course sesquicentennial as the oldest continuously operating sports venue in the nation. Corporate sponsors of SARATOGA CHIPS included The Adirondack Trust Company, Healthy Living Market and Café, E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, Mohawk Honda, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and Stuyvesant Plaza, Inc.
Acclaimed by audiences at The Arts Center, SARATOGA CHIPS, by Saratoga playwright Mary Jane Hansen, revisits the Spa City’s colorful history during the time of the Civil War when the Saratoga Race Course was founded. The play is an entertaining theatrical adventure, combining history, comedy and music from Saratoga’s Victorian era and featuring many of the personalities of the time, including Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mark Twain, Madame Jumel, Saratoga Track Founder John Morrissey and President Ulysses S. Grant.
Working toward accomplishing its mission to provide cultural resources to the community, The Creative Place International will present workshops for young people and adults wishing to hone their performing and/or writing skills and is planning another theatrical production in the spring as well as next summer.
In the future, CPI will continue to partner with not-for-profit organizations and will also work toward establishing a modest theatrical facility in Saratoga Springs where CPI and other performing arts organizations in need of a legitimate theatre space can present their work in a professional setting for both artists and audiences.
Thank you for joining us in downtown Saratoga Springs for another season of entertaining Theatre, as we presented SARATOGA CHIPS in honor of the 150th anniversary of America's Oldest Sporting Venue!
From the Discovery of Water to the Eradication of Crime in the Racing City
a new play with music
by Mary Jane Hansen
August 1,3,7,8,9,10 at 8 p.m. and August 4 & 11 at 2 p.m.
Water,Turf, Air & Fire. Add in some smoking hot oil and the almighty dollar and you have a story as old as anyone can remember, and a few new inventions along the way. The fundamental constituents of the universe hold sway in SARATOGA CHIPS, but a few man-made elements like currency & crime, celebrity & and scandal reign supreme. From the gambling houses to the springs, from the piazzas of the grand hotels to the Graveyard of Favorites, see what happens when historical characters collide in the town you thought you knew. Commodore Vanderbilt, Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Mrs. Grant, Madame Jumel, John Morrissey and Mrs. Morrissey and aeronaut Carlotta Meyers are just a few of the famous names that pass through SARATOGA CHIPS, an entertaining evening of history, comedy and music from Saratoga's Victorian era.
Expanding on CPI's early tradition of sharing the wealth--however modest--among fellow non-profit organizations, seven (7!) Saratoga area charities will have their own benefit performance of SARATOGA CHIPS during the play's run at The Arts Center August 1-11, 2013. Each organization will receive half of the box office proceeds generated by their benefit performance. It's a great opportunity to support a favorite charity, see a great play and help CPI bring more cultural resources to the community.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday, August 1st at 8pm - St. Clement's Church Faith Formation Program
Satruday, August 3rd at 8pm - Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club
Sunday, August 4th at 2pm - The Brave Will Foundation
Thursday, August 8th at 8pm - The Kigali Medical University Foundation (www.kmuf.org)
Friday, August 9th at 8pm - The Saratoga County Children's Committee
Saturday, August 10th at 8pm - Shelters of Saratoga
Sunday, August 11th at 2pm - Yaddo Garden Association
Tickets now available at WWW.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM
or call 518 584-7780
Thanks to our sponsors, CPI can work is to enhance the Saratoga cultural scene with professional theatre. We are grateful to HEALTHY LIVING MARKET AND CAFE, THE ADIRONDACK TRUST COMPANY, E. STEWART JONES LAW FIRM, STEWART'S SHOPS, PRICE CHOPPER'S GOLUB FOUNDATION and STUYVESANT PLAZA for their generous support of CPI's work.
The Creative Place International was selected by The League to contribute to the Thirty Plays 30 Years celebration with the reading of SWEETIE by Gail Kriegel at the Pershing Square Signature Center.The Diamond Stage was full to the brim with the talent of Natalie Wachen, Timothy Ware, Katy Blake, Rebecca Pitcher, LaQuet Sharnell, Bret Shuford, Melvin Brandon Logan, Justin Lonesome, Garett Hawe, Brandon Espinoza and Michael Mitchell.....all directed by Patricia Birch. CPI is grateful to Ms. Birch and all the performers, to Louis St. Louis, Joshua Quinn, Cindi Rush Casting, Ivy Austin, Mary Jane Hansen, Dennis Buck, Will Severin, Olga Delorey, Richard Snyder, Arlene Leff, Christine Saplin and the staff of the SIGNATURE and its Executive Director, Erika Mallin. Special thanks to the Board of Directors of the Creative Place.
AMERICAN SOUP UPDATE
The Creative Place International (CPI), a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to providing exciting cultural resources in Saratoga Springs, presented AMERICAN SOUP, a new play with music by Saratoga Playwright Mary Jane Hansen at The Arts Center in downtown Saratoga August 3-12, 2012 to enthusiastic audiences!
Saratoga-based charities benefited from all performances of AMERICAN SOUP, including the Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club, The Kigali Medical University Foundation and The Creative Place International (CPI) programs for youth.
Picture on right: John McGuire as Andy Warhol in American Soup (photo copyright 2007, Timothy Raab)
Comments by audience members:
"Congratulations to Mary Jane Hansen and all of the wonderful talent that delighted the evening with a wonderful performance. Don't miss it!" - Adrianne M.
"...everyone has to see this...just awesome!!!" - Annie L.
"I don't even know where to start...I saw American Soup today at the Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. This play is an amazing, creative, and artistic production that is not for anybody....it's for EVERYONE!" - Tonya P.
"I've lived in Saratoga for almost 15 years, and never been so moved. Thanks again, and long live the arts!" - Graham G.
"If you are looking for some fun this weekend or next I highly recommend it!" - Kathleen S.
"American Soup was so awesome! I loved it!" - Annie D.
"Fun, entertaining, insightful and tons of talent. If you are looking for something to do next weekend, this show is for you!" - Karen L.
"I really enjoyed American Soup! What a fun way to portray how new events impacted the American Family. It was ingenious how stories of love, a family, Andy Warhol, and history were woven together and told with music and humor! Bravo!" - Lorrie L.
CPI presents workshops for young playwrights and performers at the Museum of Dance. Master teachers for the 2011 sessions included Broadway director and choreographer Patricia Birch and Tony Award winner Ron Holgate.
Some comments by previous students on their experience:
“I liked working on a monologue and specific scenes—it was nice to channel our skills into specific presentations…”
“…when Pat Birch came in and we did the bus improvisation…”
“I liked making our own characters…and the master classes…”
“I liked writing the stories and then writing lines for the scenes…”
“I liked meeting new people and it was interesting to see what different things they brought to the workshop…”
“I learned a lot and it was sooo much fun!”
“I really like meeting the master teachers and having them talk with us…”
“I liked everything!”
THE CREATIVE PLACE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
P.O. Box 99
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
For more information call: 518 584-7780