are, basically, two kinds of one-actor shows. There’s the
single-character, larger-than-real-life personality—Truman
Capote, Will Rogers—written in such a manner that said personality
entertains the audience with his/her unique marvelousness.
There is also the chameleonlike actor who portrays a dozen
characters, creating an entire theatrical universe out of
nothing but words and imagination.
Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree falls into the latter
category. This OBIE-winning, one-woman play tells the story
of South Africa’s apartheid era through the prism of two
families. And the star, Stephanie Cozart (pictured) plays
more than 20 characters.
The regular run of The Syringa Tree will begin at
Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany) on
Wednesday (March 16) and continue through April 9. Beginning
tomorrow (Friday, March 11) through Tuesday (March 15),
Capital Rep will offer Pay-What-You-Will performances nightly
at 7:30 PM; tickets go on sale at 6 PM, with a limit of
4 per person. Upcoming events include Socials Night (March
22) and Wednesday Discussion Nights (March 23 and 30, April
6). For tickets and information, call 445-7469.
last week, the Supreme Court ruled to disallow the execution
of minors as unconstitutional—a major victory for opponents
of the death penalty. However, the challenge of dealing
with youthful offenders is far from resolved; even without
the threat of execution, there are serious questions about
a one-size-fits-all penal philospophy. In the documentary
Juvies, which will be screened at the Hawthorne Valley
School on Friday, director Leslie Neale examines the lives
of 12 juveniles prosecuted as adults and incarcerated in
adult prisons, often for comparitively minor offenses.
The film is narrated by rapper-actor Mos Def and actor Mark
Wahlberg, who was incarcerated as a juvenile offender himself.
After the screening, a representative of the American Civil
Liberties Union will be on hand to discuss the problems
of the juvenile justice system.
will be shown at Hawthorne Valley School (Route 21C,
Harlemville) tomorrow (Friday, March 11). Suggested donations
for the 7:30 PM screening are $5 adults, $2 students. For
more information, call 672-4811.
a trio, the North Carolina alt-country-bluegrass-roots-rock
group the Avett Brothers include only two “Avett” brothers—Seth,
who plays guitar, and Scott, who plays banjo. The third
member is Bob Crawford, who plays upright bass. All three
provide vocals. Together, they are the Avett Brothers, but
they also have some side projects: For example, Seth Avett—under
his solo-project name “Darling”—will release his new album
The Mourning, The Sliver, The Bell with a celebration
in Concord, Mass., next week. David McPherson of Country
Standard Time says that the Avett Brothers’ “simple,
honest, back porch songs weave their spell on an unsuspecting
listener.” But don’t take his word for it; check out the
group when they stop in Schenectady tomorrow.
The Avett Brothers will play two shows at the Van Dyck (237
Union St., Schenectady) tomorrow (Friday, March 11); one
at 7 PM and one at 9:30 PM. Admission for the show is $15.
For more information, call the club at 381-1111.