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by Shawn Stone on April 4, 2013


SOLDIER STORIES  Beginning Friday (April 5) at 7:30 PM, Classic Theatre Guild will be presenting Charles H. Fuller’s classic drama A Soldier’s Play at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). This Pulitzer Prize- and Obie Award-winning play about African-American soldiers in the World War II-era army was made into an Oscar-nominated film m 1984, and has been a popular in repertory ever since. This production stars Michael Lake and Mike Banks (pictured), and is directed by Karen Christina Jones. Jones is drawing on her own grandfather’s army experiences for inspiration; according to the show notes, he “was faced with many of the same challenges and conflicts that are all so realistically portrayed in Charles H. Fuller’s work.” The production will run through April 14, with performances Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM; tickets are $17.50, $14.50 for students and seniors. For tickets and info, call the Proctors box office at 346-6204. On April 18 at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region will host A Conversation With Charles H. Fuller. The author will discuss his life and work, and Classic Theatre Guild will perform scenes from A Soldier’s Play. For more info about and tickets to this Egg event, call 227-0154 or e-mail info@aacccr.org.

AMERICAN IDOL FOR AUTHORS?  That’s what some are calling the return of Pitchapalooza this weekend at the College of Saint Rose. On Sunday (April 7) at 2 PM, local writers can show up at CSR’s Events and Athletics Center (Standish Rooms, 420 Western Ave., Albany) for a shot at a book deal. Twenty writers will be picked at random to make one-minute book pitches to authors and Pitchapalooza poobahs Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry. At the end of all the pitches these two will select one winner, who will receive an introduction to an “appropriate” agent or publisher. And all the book-pitchers will get helpful advice from the judges. For more info, e-mail Frequency North guru Daniel Nester at daniel.nester@strose.edu.

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