Distinguished Performance Series

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2013-2014 Season

IMAGO THEATRE performing



Thursday, February 6, 2014
7 p.m. – College Activities Center

Imago Theatre comes to Parkersburg with its enchanting mix of dance, circus arts, masks and illusion, performing its signature work FROGZ! Imago’s ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original musical score create a carnival of the absurd that defies classification, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects like orbs and slinkys engage in silly humanistic movements. Based in Portland, Oregon, Imago’s ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators, and musicians aims to place form and design at the forefront of theatre creation and infuses each production with an idiosyncratic physical energy. Imago Theatre’s original productions have toured internationally for over two decades and have appeared at the acclaimed New Victory Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The New York Times describes Imago Theatre as “a mastery of mime, dance, and acrobatics,” while The Boston Globe notes that “FROGZ! is that rare theatrical event: family-friendly entertainment that is actually friendly to everyone…lively…inventive…remarkably acrobatic…hysterical…now that’s entertainment!”




Friday, April 11, 2014
7 p.m. – College Actives Center

Now in its 12th year, the multi-Grammy and Billboard Latin music award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of the present day. This 13-member ensemble is led by Oscar Hernandez, who has enjoyed a prolific career as a pianist, performing, arranging, and directing the groups of Ruben Blades, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias, and Paul Simon. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra has led the resurgence of interest in the salsa music that emerged from the streets of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. The ensemble’s performances are characterized by an unwavering respect for the music’s rich history and a tenacious adherence to its enduring traditions. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s fourth recording, Viva La Tradicion, celebrates that musical and cultural legacy, and was named “best tropical Latin album” at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

This tour engagement of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with approval of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and Artsbridge.


The Big Read

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. West Virginia University at Parkersburg has selected Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ to share in our community. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, “Fahrenheit 451″ has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller. Although written 60 years ago, the issues raised in this powerful book – censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained – continue to be very real concerns today. Lectures, book discussions and other special events are planned beginning September 16. A complete schedule of events throughout our region is available on THE BIG READ website, along with a Reader’s Guide and audio and video materials. Join us as we read and discuss this important book.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


Aquila Theater performing
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


Tuesday, October 1, 2013
7 p.m. – College Activities Center

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.

In conjunction with WVU Parkersburg’s BIG READ, the Aquila Theatre company will perform Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. More relevant than ever sixty years after its publication, the Aquila Theatre Company will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry. Founded in 1991 with the desire to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences, the Aquila Theatre Company brings works of high quality to audiences across America. The New York Times calls the company “extraordinarily inventive and disciplined” while The New Yorker describes Aquila’s productions as “the classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and with additional financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.


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TICKETS: Tickets for the Distinguished Performance Series are available beginning Sept. 1 in the college business office. (8 am – 4 pm) For tickets by mail, call 304.424.8223, email ude.puvwnull@eciffo.ssenisub, or write Performing Arts Tickets, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104. Adults $10, Students $5.  WVU Parkersburg students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves and one guest for $2 each in the business office. All tickets at the door will be regular price.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact (304) 424-8248 or (304) 424-8227 TTD in advance of your participation or visit. This publication will be available in alternate format on request.