Performances in dance, theater, music, puppetry, artist residencies and more will highlight the 2019-20 season at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.
The Redfern opens its season with a kickoff party Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Party-goers are invited onstage at the Main Theatre to eat, drink and connect, hear about the performing arts programs at Keene State and get highlights of the upcoming performance season.
The full lineup for the season, comprising seven performances and artist residencies, is:
Slavic Soul Party!: Serving up throbbing funk, groove, fiery Balkan brass, and New Orleans-style music. Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Roger Guenveur Smith, “Otto Frank”: Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith returns to Keene with a new solo performance exploring the story and legacy of Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank. It’s inspired by Keene State research and presented in conjunction with the 36th anniversary of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Ephrat Asherie Dance, “Odeon”: Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, The Boston Globe’s “bona fide b-girl,” makes her Redfern debut with Odeon — a high-octane dance piece for seven dancers and four musicians. It’s set to the music of 20th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Julian Fleisher and His Rather Big Band, “1975”: New York-based cabaret and jazz artist and New York Public Radio host Julian Fleisher brings an electrifying concert dedicated to the year 1975 — which Fleisher proclaims is very best year in American popular music. Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Piti Theatre Company, “Sammy and Le Grand Buffet”: This children’s show, performed by Jonathan Mirin, sees an American clown in Paris trying to prepare a great feast. Follow Sammy as he clowns and juggles his way through this adventure. Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Sandglass Theater, “Babylon”: Vermont’s acclaimed Sandglass Theater returns with “Babylon,” a new production created in response to the world-wide refugee crisis and its impact on communities in the United States. It uses full-sized table-top puppets, moving panoramic scrolls and original four-part choral songs. Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Reggie Wilson, Fist and Heel Performance Group, “POWER”: Praised by The New York Times for how “his sprawling movement pieces fold history into the present,” award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson imagines what black Shaker worship might have looked like in his new piece, “POWER.” Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Throughout the season, the Redfern’s Creative Connections engagement program will allow the KSC campus, local community members and partners to participate in a range of creative exchanges and interactive experiences with artists.
For more information about Creative Connections activities, contact Redfern’s Assistant Director Sharon Fantl, 358-2167, email@example.com.
Tickets for the new season go on sale Monday, Aug. 5, to members only and to the general public a week later, on Monday, Aug. 12. Memberships can be purchased by phone, 358-2168, and in person when the Redfern box office is open, Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
After Aug. 12, tickets may also be purchased online at keene.edu/arts/redfern/.