Upper Jay Art Center / Recovery Lounge Event Information:
Events in March 2017
Play Reading- Four Places, by Joel Drake Johnson
Directed by Scott Renderer
Cast- Sandy Burke, Leslie Dame, Ben Runyon, Peg Wilson
Wednesday night reading
Sketched together on a deceptively simple frame, this emotionally precise play uses its spare structure to devastating and darkly comic effect. A brother and sister have received word from their parents' caretaker that their elderly parents may be a danger to each other. The brother breaks his routine to join his sister and mother on their weekly lunch date in hopes that together he and his sister can get a clearer picture of the situation. As the mother confronts the indignities of age and the children stare down a mounting list of losses and disappointments, an image of the family emerges that is true to life. Johnson gives readers an unwavering exploration of the ways that the love and knowledge family members have of one another creates both hurt and comfort.
Suggested donation- $15
Hiroya Tsukamoto guitarist - composer
photo by Gary Alter
"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!" -Jazz Review.com
"Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey" -Boston Herald
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.
Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally as a leader including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City and Japanese National Television. He performs more than one hundred shows a year across the US and internationally.
Play Reading- Below The Belt, by Richard Dresser
Back by popular demand, the original Recovery Lounge cast of this absurd comedy will revisit the roles that had us all in stitches.
BELOW THE BELT
Three American men work as Checkers for a mysterious multi-national company in a distant land. Merkin is the power-obsessed boss, Hanrahan the tortured middle manager and Dobbitt, the disturbingly eager newcomer. Away from their families and isolated from the other workers on the industrial compound, they are completely dependent on each other. However, their need to compete is as strong as their need to connect, and they guard their territory with baroque, subterranean strategies. The play is about loneliness and the deep existential pettiness of men attempting to work together.
Cast- Brad Hurlbert as Dobbit, Terry Young as Hanrahan, and Bob Andrews as Merkin.
Directed by Scott Renderer