Season's greetings and gratitude from FSC

Friday June 6th at 8 and Saturday June 7th at 3
(English: The Human Voice) is a forty-five minute, one-act opera for soprano and orchestra composed by Frances Poulenc in 1958. The work is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Jean Cocteau. The libretto consists of a woman's last phone conversation with her lover, who now loves someone else. Poulenc’s writing for the voice is recitative-like in style, representing the natural inflections of speech and, in the case of this particular drama, imitating a phone conversation through its frequent pauses and silences. Originally scored for a full symphony orchestra, here the soprano is joined by the piano, embodying the many voices and intentions of the Poulenc's brilliant score. Performed by Delhi-raised NYC-based soprano Barbara Paterson and New Hampshire-born, internationally acclaimed pianist Matthew Odell. In French with English subtitles.

Friday June 20th at 8
FSC Hosts: David Gonzalez: "MYTHOLOJAZZ," for all ages
Adding a musical twist to the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, multi-award-winning storyteller, musician, poet David Gonzalez conjures a jazz-infused journey into the underworld. Loss, struggle, redemption, and artistic courage run through this production as Orpheus scats, swings and serenades his way through a gauntlet of ordeals in search of his beloved Eurydice. The companion and antidote to Orpheus is a poignant Korean tale of a stepmother’s journey in building a new family. Peppered with sassy street vernacular and modern-day references David brings these ancient stories to life.

Saturday June 21st at 10am, a family show for anyone & everyone over 4 years old
FSC Hosts: David Gonzalez: "AESOP BOPS!"
Fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation, Aesop Bops! features a potpourri of Aesop's classic stories including The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and His Wife, and The Turtle's Shell. This feast of funky, physical storytelling leaves young audiences feeling like they had just performed the show too!

Saturday July 5th at 8
FSC Hosts: The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, written & performed by Oliver Wadsworth
This mesmerizing solo show tells the story of a real life eccentric Vermonter of 1810 and the sensational trial that occurred after his murder. To this day, the Colvin case remains a mystery because no one can agree on what really happened. In his inventive play, Wadsworth portrays three competing narrators: the ghost of the murdered man, seeking revenge; the first African American Minister of the all-white Congregational Church of Manchester, a staunch defender of the accused murderers; and… an actor from the Astor Place Theater in New York City. Who is telling the truth?

Friday July 18th at 8
FSC Hosts: Mettawee River Theatre Company: THE DANCING FOX: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East
For the fifth year running, this extraordinary company performs outside on the Franklin Central School Playing Field. In their signature style - storytelling with live music and masks, puppets and giant figures - Mettawee creates an exuberant adventure based on Jewish and Arabic folk traditions and other folklore of the region including the writings of Sufi mystics. Each summer, this is a magical experience for all the family out under the stars. (Rain location: Chapel Hall).

Friday July 25th - Sunday August 10th MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
FSC Presents: TARTUFFE by Molière, translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur
One of the most biting and hilarious comedies of all time, this is an astutely observed tale of naiveté, religious hypocrisy, and outrageous family chaos. Molière's devilish satire about deception and misplaced faith reverberates today as resoundingly as it did when first performed in 1664.
Performance Schedule: Friday July 25 at 8, Saturday July 26 at 2 & 8, Sunday July 27 at 5; Wednesday July 30 - Sunday August 3 & Wednesday August 6 - Sunday August 10, Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 5. There are four performances the opening weekend followed by two weeks of five performances each. Tartuffe is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Tulip and the Rose, a new restaurant on Main Street in Franklin, will be serving meals before all performances of "Tartuffe" from 6pm on Wednesdays thru Saturdays and from 3pm on Sundays. This is not a service of FSC, and for menu details and reservations, please email or call the cafe at 607-829-4040. Also open for meals is Hometown Pizza which can be reached at 607-829-2911.

Sunday August 17th at 5
FSC Presents: ART by Yazmina Reza
A rehearsed reading of Reza's 1994 hit comedy about the nature of art and the dynamics of friendship. At once farcical and philosophical, ART is a romp through a battlefield. The cast includes Julian Fleisher (credits include The February House at The Public Theatre, Coraline at the Lucille Lortel, and at FSC What the Butler Saw and A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as two sold-out benefit concerts), Zachary Knower (Valentine in Arcadia at Portland Stage Company, Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Everyman Theatre and Galy Gay in A Man's a Man at Arena Stage in D.C.), and Glen Pannel. Fleisher also directs.

Friday August 22nd at 8, Saturday August 23rd at 8, Sunday August 24th at 5:
FSC Presents: Jane Austen on Stage - Adaptations of Persuasion, Northanger Abbey & Mansfield Park
Over the years, FSC's rehearsed readings have provided audiences with a surprisingly rich and intimate theatrical experience. In 2014, FSC presents 3 much lauded adaptations by Tim Luscombe on 3 consecutive nights. Northanger Abbey is "a dazzling adaptation" (Chicago Sun-Times). Persuasion has "a freshness and modernity, whilst completely retaining the authentic period feel, which reaches out and pulls the audience in… a powerful love story which will leave you breathless at the end" (The London Times). Mansfield Park "has all the shiny qualities of a piece penned yesterday. It reveals Austen not as a prissy creator of romantic fiction, but as a moral satirist of enormous stature" (The Daily Telegraph, UK). FSC's Austen festival features a versatile and exciting ensemble of actors and is directed by Natalie Martin who has appeared at FSC in multiple productions and readings at FSC since 2011.

Saturday August 30th at 8pm
An unmissable concert event
Collision Ensemble is an improvisational collective of musical and visual artists. The core of the group is made up of a quartet of SUNY-Oneonta music department faculty: Engineers/Sound Manipulators Andris Balins and Brett Masteller along with Drummers/Percussionists Blake Fleming and Julie Licata. Together the group weaves an exotic tapestry of polyrhythmic percussion amid layers of three dimensional soundscapes... "like watching a movie soundtrack come to life, a soundtrack to a film you've never seen before, a film that hasn't even been made yet." Compelling, visceral, spontaneous, Collision Ensemble paints with sound and inspires audiences to join them on an exhilarating creative journey.

Blake Fleming composed and performed live the score for The Winter's Tale during FSC's 2013 season.

The Franklin Stage Company was founded on the principle that great theatre should be accessible to all. Admission to our productions is always Free (donations gratefully accepted).

Reservations recommended.