Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blackstone River Theatre - Veterans issues event 11-20/Chanterelle Saturday!



This year's Solstice Fest was our biggest yet... stay tuned for more on the 2015 festival set for
June 20! 

Zumba with April Hilliker on Mondays, 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 20 
7-9 PM, FREE 

AJAX - Greek tragedy  
by Sophocles
by Providence College and Salve Regina University,
followed by community discussion on veterans issues

Saturday, November 22

Saturday, November 29 
Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Phil Edmonds, Bertrand Laurence, Robbie O'Connell, Pendragon, Mary Ann Rossoni & Rick Bellaire

Saturday, December 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 7
2 PM and 5 PM shows!
3rd annual IRISH

Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 PM
Sunday, Dec. 14, 7 PM
$18 adv / $20.00 day of show
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Dear Steve,

But discussions about issues facing veterans and their families are important throughout the year... and one will take place in Cumberland at Blackstone River Theatre TOMORROW, Thursday, Nov. 20... please attend this FREE program which utilizes the short play by Sophocles, "Ajax," to lead into a community discussion...

And on Saturday we bring CHANTERELLE back to BRT for a wonderful evening of French Canadian songs and fiddle music featuring Josee Vachon and Donna Hebert!

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Hope to see you soon...
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  

"Ajax" followed by a community discussion on veterans issues: presented by The Pell Center

Blackstone River Theatre will host a presentation of the short Greek tragedy "Ajax," presented by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, followed by a community discussion on veterans' issues. Admission is free. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved at

More than 2,500 years ago, the Greek playwright Sophocles explored the emotional cost of war in a short play, "Ajax," set during the Trojan War. Presented by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in partnership with Providence College, the play will be followed by a community forum on veterans' issues which seeks to bring audiences face-to-face with the emotional scars faced by soldiers who must relive their experiences on the battlefield. The goal is to bring together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, students, and the larger community in the state for conversations about how best to assist soldiers returning from multiple tours of duty.

"Ajax" in Rhode Island is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of NEH's "Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War" special initiative, which supports veterans-related programming within each state and encourages a national network of humanities programming for America's military, veterans, and their communities.

This contemporary production of "Ajax," using a new translation by James Scully, is presented to honor the service of our soldiers, to raise awareness of the trials soldiers endure while deployed, and encourage communities to take action to help returning vets reintegrate into their communities. All performances feature a local touring company directed by Tom Gleadow, who's had recurring roles at Trinity Rep and other regional theaters in New England and New York. The goal is to assemble a diverse audience for each performance, reaching out to recent veterans, ROTC cadets and faculty, older veterans and their families, along with students and community members.

  Event Info
Thursday, November 20, 7-9 P.M., FREE!
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations


Josée Vachon and Donna Hébert have embodied traditional and original Franco-American fiddle and song all their lives. Twenty years ago they met and became musical partners, forming Chanterelle with former guitarist Liza Constable and bassist Alan Bradbury. Alan returns this evening with Josée, Donna, and her guitarist, Max Cohen, for another wonderful show celebrating French culture in America.

Born in Lac Megantic and raised over the border in Brownville, Maine, singer-songwriter Josée Vachon is beloved of Franco audiences, who regularly sing along with her in French. Her unabashed 'joie de vivre' is infectious. Josée's long stint hosting "Bonjour" on cable in the Northeast brought her to many Franco-American homes. A recipient of awards from the keys to the city of Woonsocket, to a spot on NEA traditional touring rosters like "The Women's Singing Traditions," Josée is an icon within the Franco-American culture.

Western Mass. fiddler Donna Hébert, named an Artist Fellow in Franco-American fiddling by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, was recognized by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 for "outstanding artistic achievement." A fiddle instructor at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Donna performs in a fiddle/guitar duo with Max Cohen (who joins them on this tour), Celtic trio Mist Covered Mountains, and the new Panache Quartet. Alan Bradbury's Cajun group, Magnolia, are the mainstay of the region's Cajun music and dance scene. Alan's bass, accordion and vocals add to Chanterelle's distinctive sound while new member Max Cohen is one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world, the true musician's musician.

  Event Info
Saturday, November 22, 8 P.M., $15.00
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations

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