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You’ve Got to Have Friends Volume 3, Number 1

November 22, 2013

Friends of SSF Newsletter

Moses Leads SSF into the Wilderness of Lear An old man wishes to retire. He has three daughters and will divide his possessions among them. Each daughter is asked to tell him how much she loves him. The elder daughters flatter him, and are rewarded; the youngest speaks the truth, and is disowned. From these familiar family fairy -tale beginnings, Shakespeare crafted perhaps the most harrowing tragedy of world literature. The characters are written in vivid, primary colors; the loyal Kent, exiled by his master, returns in disguise to serve him

as a yeoman; the treacherous, charismatic Edmund arranges his brother’s ruin and his father’s arrest; virtuous Cordelia invades Britain to rescue her father from her wicked sisters. Their plots and counterplots L> Gerard Moses studies his King Lear script. © 2013, Francois James

swirl around Lear as the storm does on the heath- where we find the heart of the play and the soul of the King as mirrored by his Fool. SSF is grateful and fortunate to have at the heart of our play an accomplished and soulful actor, Gerard Moses, a Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University. Gerard last performed Lear at the astonishingly young age of 29 for the Champlain Shakespeare Festival. His obviously more mature portrayal of the character will bring our audiences a richness, compassion and insight of astounding depth and complexity. Do not miss this stunning and stellar performance. by James Bruno, Producing Artistic Director, SSF

Liberty of Low Expectations Comes to the Newly Named Nancy Cantor Warehouse Theatre in January An Extraordinary Ode to the Ordinary Shakespeare’s characters and situations exist at the extremes of human experience. When we are made privy to the thoughts of Hamlet or Lady Macbeth, Beatrice or Malvolio, we react to stimuli that, for the most part, is foreign to our everyday lives. (continued on p. 3, Liberty)

Inside this issue: Board of Directors Roster


Don’t miss SSF News/Pix

Upcoming Shows, Have You Heard?


Executive director musings...

Jan-Apr Calendar, Production Board Roster

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Modest new ticket prices $$$ for 2014...

Uncle Shakespeare wants you...

Auditions for spring/summer shows...

Never before seen SSF performance pix...

Liberty (continued from p. 1) Did You Know? & Current Friends of SSF


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SSF Board of Directors: November 2014 Jamie Bruno

Lorraine Morganti

Kathy Fanella

Kim Palmiter

Jane Hudson

Cindy Rust

Mary Jane Monsour

Kevin Walker

Ron Monsour

Loreen Walker

We’re Heating Up 2014 1–The Liberty of Low Expectations– HNYF– Jan 10 & 11 @ 7:30 p.m.; $20 suggested donation; 12 blank verse monologues by 12 different characters; Jamie Bruno’s newest; SU’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse Theatre 2- King Lear- SUAR, Gerard Moses stars in the title role; Feb 7, 8,, 14, 15, 21 & 22 @ 7:30 p.m.; Feb 9, 16 and 23 @ 2 p.m.; Empire Theatre, NYS Fair

Executive Director: Ronnie Bell

ED’s Musings… by Ronnie Bell 

As we continue to move SSF forward we are always trying to serve the needs of the CNY community and attract visitors from out of town as well…

Social media are very important parts of our marketing strategy and an area where you can help us by liking our FB page, visiting our website, checking out our You Tube videos, and tweeting us on Twitter…

As competition for the entertainment dollar in Syracuse continues to increase we look for more and different ways to collaborate with other groups to raise our profile… By the time you read this, submissions have already been made for our 2015 season to be chosen in December…

We have realigned our season so that it now begins with our Shakespeare-On-The-Grass show the last two weekends of June and ends with our final Shakespeare-Under-A-Roof show in April… New ticket prices effective Feb. 2014: General Admission= $15; Seniors (62+) and Students=$12; SU Faculty, Students, Staff & Alumni=$7; Groups of 12 or more paying at one time as a group= $7...

Have you heard...

*** SSF is actively searching for a facility to call its own as part of our business plan. Other focused committees from the plan are quality control and financial.

****SSF earns about half its budget from ticket sales, program fees and the donations from friends like you. If you want to become a Friend of SSF, please complsend us a friend donation at the level you can afford. (see above)

3– The Suitors & Commedia Dell’ Arte– SUAR, April 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m., April 6 & 13 @ 2 p.m; European (Racine and Italy) comedy reigns at SU’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse Theatre Reserved seating available by phone for Friends of SSF; call 476-1835 to make your reservation. *****************************************

Join Friends of SSF (FOSSF) Today… We’ll Both Be Glad You Did !! Send a check for $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to our newly named address:

Put Us On Your Calendar:

Nancy Cantor Warehouse 350 W. Fayette St., Rm 001, Syracuse, NY 13202 Att: R. Bell, SSF

Picture Credit: © 2013 Meg O’Malley

*** SSF is always open for you to get more involved. We have volunteer opportunities in every aspect of theatrical production and management as well as board service and development. Get involved!

??Ticket Riddle??

Who is this SSF Board member and what show is she directing in April 2014? First to call 315-476-1835 with the right answer wins two tickets to a 2014 show you pick!

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SSF Show Schedule/Calendar: Jan through April 2014 Month/Day of Week



Event Name



6-9 p.m. Lear & Liberty


10th & 11th

7:30 p.m.

13th-16th, 20-23

6-9 p.m. King Lear


Rehearsals: Gerard on board & Hell Week for Liberty

Liberty of Low Expec- Performances $20 suggested donation; tations Happy New Year Fundraiser Rehearsals

Auditions for next 3 shows: The Suitors/ 1-5 p.m. Auditions– Bring a 1 minute audition Commedia, Measure 6-9 p.m piece for Measure & 12th Night

Mon 26th 27th

Sun &

Event Description


1-5 p.m. King Lear



6-9 p.m. King Lear



1st– 6th

6 p.m. on King Lear


7th & 8th

7:30 p.m. King Lear


9th, 16th, 23rd

2:00 p.m. King Lear

Hell Week Empire Theatre, NYS Fairgrounds Shakespeare-Under-A-Roof Matinee performances


14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd 7:30 p.m. King Lear 6-9 p.m. Suitors/Commedia



24th-28th 3rd-7th, 10th-14th

6-9 p.m. Suitors/Commedia


17th-21st, 24th-28th

6-9 p.m. Suitors/Commedia



6-9 p.m. Suitors/Commedia




6 p.m. on Suitors/Commedia


4th, 5th, 11th & 12th

7:30 p.m. Suitors/Commedia

Hell Week Cantor Warehouse- Night shows Shakespeare-Under-A-Roof


6th & 13th 21st-25th, 28th-30th

2 p.m.


Last four evening shows

Cantor Warehouse- Matinees

6-9 p.m. Measure for Measure Rehearsals

SSF Production Board: November 2014 Tony Brown

Lynn & Michael King

Jamie Bruno

Nora O’Dea

Sara Caliva

Deb Pearson

Nancy Chapellier

Bob Reid

Judith Harris

Dan Stevens

Rand Hurrle

Barbara Toman

(Liberty, continued from P. 1) If you were to give the people around you a dollop of eloquence and pay attention to them for five minutes, what kind of a soliloquy would they deliver? The question intrigued and tickled me for years, leading me to write monologues in blank verse from a video game addict, an embittered math teacher and a slacker living in his mother’s basement among others. My hope is to present a wide view of ordinary human experience, with humor, compassion, and honesty. We have a great cast performing these works, with the Underground Poetry Spot and I Am Fool joining us to make the fundraiser a really special event. By Jamie Bruno

Bringing Shakespeare to everyone in Central New York... Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Nancy Cantor Warehouse 350 W. Fayette St., Room 001, Syracuse, NY 13202 Att: R. Bell, SSF

Did You Know…


Allan/Cheryl Maxian




Ronnie/ Melinda





Phyllis Ron/Mary Jane

Jamie/Lisa Marguerite Navroz/ Binaifer

Bruno Conan










Nora Kim Thornden Patrick

O'Dea Palmiter Park Assn. Pedro





Sherman Shaw

Eileen Robert/ Roberta

315-476-1835 (SSF landline) 315-414-9911 (SSF cell)

Current Friends of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Michael/ Charles Adams Lynn King Aaron Alexander Korbin Markham

SSF has collaborated with the Syracuse City Ballet on our last two Shakespeare-In-The-Park shows (Midsummer and Winter’s Tale) SSF welcomes theatrical guru Gerard Moses as King Lear in February Executive director Ronnie Bell began his “half sabbatical” on Sept. 1st Our next four shows are directed by four different directors Our Kids Doing Shakespeare (KIDS) class is the longest running Shakespeare program for 5th-12th grade students in CNY!

The Winter’s Tale: SITP August 2013

Carol Decker Melanie Donovan Harry/Karen Dross Karen/Nat







Stevens Ana Fernandez Dan Sam Tamburo Grace Flusche Eva Fuld Nancy/Bob Thompson James Traver Neil Gold Judith Harris Kevin/Loreen Walker Miranda/Ken Hine Marcy Waldauer Tonia




Paul/Joyce Jane

Howden Hudson





Marilyn Amy

Zaleon Zamkoff

Inside Quiz: What’s this actor’s name ? AND name 2 characters he portrayed for SSF this year...

First 3 to e-mail w/ the correct answer to: bell444 @ win an SSF 2014 Calendar!

Jack S. & Simon M. Leah Slater Titus Andronicus: SOTG June 2013. Syracuse City Ballet dancers ???Who ???

Picture Credits: (from above, counterclockwise) Royce Burgess (3), Francois James (4) © 2013

Center part of Titus set

Tony Brown

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