Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to end ECU SCREENS Season


To wrap up its spring season, ECU SCREENS is presenting a recorded-live production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 pm in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

This new production of Edward Albee’s emotionally charged drama, recorded live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, stars Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Martha and George.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

The New York Times describes this new production as “the most searing London account of Edward Albee’s 1962 theatrical landmark” and says “the audience hangs on both sparring partners’ every breath.” The Guardian exclaims “This is one of those rare occasions when play, performance and production perfectly coalesce” and points out the play’s exploration of “the slipping between truth and illusion.” According to The Independent, it is the “most high-energy and the funniest version” of Albee’s classic.

General admission tickets are $10. Admission is $5 for ECU students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. This presentation is for mature audiences. Running time is three hours.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities. ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ECU Showtime Sings for Your Supper



ECU SCREENS and ECU Showtime are collaborating to provide the community with an evening of feasting and song on Saturday, April 28th in the Bill S. Cole University Center. At 6 pm, ticket holders will be served a dinner featuring their choice of chicken fried steak or baked chicken, while ECU’s most talented singers perform favorite show tunes ranging from Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest” to a medley from the recent film musical sensation The Greatest Showman. Other musical highlights will include ensemble, solo, and duet performances from Annie, Dear Even Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Dream Girls, The Wizard of Oz, Something Rotten, Mamma Mia, Dog Fight and The Phantom of the Opera.

After dessert, diners will be escorted to the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center for ECU SCREENS’s latest presentation: a recorded live presentation of the legendary musical Follies, by Academy-, Tony-, Grammy, and Olivier-Award winning composer and lyricist Steven Sondheim (Sweeney Todd; Into the Woods).

Staged for the first time at London’s National Theatre, this dazzling new production of Follies features an orchestra of 21 and a cast of 37, starring Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films).

Follies is set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre the day before the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

The musical earned 5-star reviews from The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, Time Out, Independent, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, Metro, and The Stage, and on April 8th, it won the 2018 Olivier for Best Musical Revival, Britain’s most prestigious award for excellence in professional theatre.

The New York Times review of the production raves, “One listens in wonder. The score is so rich that no sooner has a certain number registered as a favorite, another comes along to supersede it.” “It’s a case of knockout after knockout,” according to The Independent. “The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace.” Time Out summarizes its review this way: “Follies is an elegiac, eloquent work about age and disappointment, about the agonizing clash between the fires of youth and the pragmatism of late middle age. It is about illusion and reality, razzle-dazzle and darkness. And it pierces both heart and brain in Dominic Cooke’s towering revival.”

Running time for Follies is 150 minutes and the production includes strobe lighting.

Tickets to “We’ll Sing for Your Supper” are $25, and they include dinner and admission to Follies. Tickets may be purchased online at alumni.ecok.edu/event/ecuscreens.

Ticket must be purchased by Thursday, April 19th

 All profits from ticket sales will be donated to ECU Showtime, whose current members include: Kashaun Barber (Stratford), Keegan Buckaloo (Sallisaw), Annabelle Elliott (Ada), Nicole Erwin (Ada), Megan Green (Pauls Valley), Deborah Johnson (Nassau City, Bahamas), Zana Johnson (Kinta), Kaci Kennedy (Ardmore), Cassidy Malm (Noble), Ashton Mayle (Eufala), Philip Newcomer (Ada), Juan Oseguera (Ada), Taylo Packwood (Shawnee), Eddie Power (Byng), Isabella Roan (Garland, Texas), Malik Sharp (Shawnee), Zach Smith (Tulsa), Bessie-Mei Soh (Singapore), Shelby Stinson (Poteau), Katherine Wallace (Little Axe), and Jace Westmoland (Byng).

General admission to Follies is $10, and admission is $5 for ECU students. These tickets may be bought at the door on the night of the performance.

Follies is presented by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities. ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Young Marx screening rescheduled for February 28th


Because the ECU campus closed today at noon due to potentially hazardous road conditions, our screening of "Young Marx" has been postponed until next Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30. We hope to see you then!

And come at 6 to talk to students about their prize-winning Spectre of Marx conference submissions!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Spectre of Marx: February 20 at 9:30 a.m.; February 21 at 6:30 p.m.


On the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Linscheid Library Academic Friends and ECU SCREENS are hosting “The Spectre of Marx: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Marxism, Its Origins, and Its Ghostly Presence in Our Contemporary World.”
At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the conference will begin with a series of presentations by six ECU faculty who will discuss Marx and his legacy from the perspective of the humanities, philosophy, history, legal studies, economics and Russian studies.
At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the conference will conclude with a screening of the new comedy “Young Marx,” recorded live at the new Bridge Theatre in London.
All conference events will be held in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Faculty presentations will be free and open to the public. General admission tickets to “Young Marx” are $10. Admission is free for ECU students.
The first conference session, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, will feature Dr. Joshua Grasso and Dr. Jennifer McMahon, professors in the Department of English and Languages and Dr. Greg Sutton, assistant professor in the Department of History and Native Studies.
The second conference session, beginning at 11 a.m., will feature Dr. Preston Draper, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies; Dr. Michael Scott, professor in the Department of Business Administration; and Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, professor in the Department of English and Languages and Director of Russian Studies and ECU’s Global Studies Program.
Both sessions will include time for questions.
Before the screening on Wednesday, ECU students who have submitted essays and works of art relevant to the conference’s theme will be on hand to answer questions about their work.
In the interval between the first and second acts of “Young Marx,” awards for outstanding student submissions to the conference will be announced and free ice cream will be offered to all audience members.
Starring Rory Kinnear as Marx and Oliver Chris as his best friend, Friedrich Engels, “Young Marx” spins into action in 1850, when Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and mischievous, the 32-year-old leftist revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. With hiis writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.
But there’s still no one in London who can show you a better night on the town than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Running time for “Young Marx” is 160 minutes, and it is rated “R” due to strong language.
“Young Marx” is presented by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities. ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.
To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 16: "When Art Heals" at 3 pm; "Nise" at 4 pm


ECU’s 8th Annual Foreign Film Festival concludes on Friday, February 16th with a screening of Nise: The Heart of Madness, which will be preceded by “When Art Heals”: an expert panel discussion and Q&A about the power of art to heal and to educate. “When Art Heals” will begin at 3 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 4 p.m. Both events will be held in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

A Portuguese-language film based on a true story, Nise dramatizes the experiences of a Brazilian psychiatrist in the 1950s who rejects electroshock therapy to treat schizophrenia and encourages her patients to create art. Described as “mesmerizing” by the New York Times, Nise won the Audience award for best fiction feature at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Nise contains some scenes of sexuality/nudity. It has not received a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America but is for mature audiences.

The “When Art Heals” discussion panel will feature: Dr. Marc Klippenstine, chair of ECU’s Department of Psychology; Dr. Regina Robertson, chair of ECU’s Department of Human Resources and Counseling; Sharon Cunningham, director of ECU’s Special Education program; and Sherri Chandler, an ECU alumnus and licensed professional counselor who will discuss her experiences using art therapy in her counseling practice.

After the screening, lucky audience members will be given door prizes generously donated by local businesses including Cinemark Ada, Delicias Mexican Restaurant, Hampton Inn Ada, Hot Shots Coffee House, Mojo’s Coffee Bar and Cafe, and Scraptopia. Additional door prizes include books on art therapy, a book on women who impacted science, a DVD collection of films about painters whose art helped them cope with physical and mental health challenges, and a gift certificate for lunch for two at Texas de Brazil churrasaceria-steakhouse in Oklahoma City.

ECU’s Foreign Film Festival is managed by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to “bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities.” The Foreign Film Festival, in particular, aspires to awaken and encourage curiosity about global cultures and languages.

ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Friday, February 9: Black Monk



ECU's 8th Annual Foreign Film Festival continues this Friday, February 9th with an award-winning, recorded-live, Russian-language adaptation of Anton Chekov's classic short story "Black Monk," performed by the Moscow Young Generation Theatre.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Joshua Grasso and Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, professors in ECU's Department of English and Languages.

The screening will be held in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

After each screening in the Festival, audience members will be given door prizes in the form of books, DVDs, food and works of art associated with the culture of the films featured in the festival. Additional door prizes have also been generously donated this year by several local businesses, including Cinemark Ada, Delicias Mexican Restaurant, Hampton Inn Ada, Hot Shots Coffee House, Mojo’s Coffee Bar and Cafe, and Scraptopia.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Eighth Annual Foreign Film Festival

ECU's 8th Annual Foreign Film Festival begins on Friday, February 2nd with Neruda, a Spanish-language film from Chile about a determined police inspector (Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal) who is hunting Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after he goes into hiding in 1948.

The film will be introduced by the director of ECU’s Spanish Language program, Dr. Errol King, who will be taking a group of ECU students to Mexico in March.

The screening will be held in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

After each screening, audience members will be given door prizes in the form of books, DVDs, food and works of art associated with the culture of the films featured in the festival. Additional door prizes have also been generously donated this year by several local businesses, including Amber’s Sweet Shoppe, Brown’s Pharmacy and Gifts, Cinemark Ada, Delicias Mexican Restaurant, Hampton Inn Ada, Hot Shots Coffee House, Mojo’s Coffee Bar and Cafe, and Scraptopia.

Neruda is rated “R” for sexuality/nudity and is for mature audiences.