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 García 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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spring 2018 Schedule

All films will be screened in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center located inside the Bill S. Cole University Center (near the corner of E. 13th Street and South Francis) on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person or $5 for students (with ID) unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.
YERMA
By Simon Stone, after Federico Garcia Lorca
Recorded live on stage at the Young Vic Theatre in London.
$10 General admission; free for ECU students.

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it "an extraordinary theatrical triumph" (The Times) and "stunning, searing, unmissable" (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as "spellbinding" (The Evening Standard), "astonishing" (iNews) and "devastatingly powerful" (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

For mature audiences. Please note that this performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting and includes strong language. 

Friday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m.
NERUDA
Directed by Pablo Larrain.
In Spanish, with English subtitles
Free and open to the public..
A determined police inspector (Gael García Bernal) searches for Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after he goes into hiding in 1948.

Friday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.
THE BLACK MONK
Directed by Kama Ginkas, based on the short story by Anton Chekhov
In Russian, with English subtitles.
Free and open to the public.
A philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Kovrin decides to visit his childhood friend Tanya Pesotsky at the estate of her father. As he and Tanya develop a relationsship and eventually marry, a black monk of legend begins appearing to Kovrin in visions. Though these hallucinations at first imbue the young man with joy and energy, they eventually lead to his ruin.

Friday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m.
NISE
Directed by Robert Berliner
In Portuguese, with English subtitles.
Free and open to the public.

Come to the Estep at 3:00 p.m. for a panel discussion and Q&A with ECU faculty on the subject of art therapy.


A Brazilian psychiatrist in the 1950s rejects electroshock therapy to treat schizophrenia and encourages her patients to create art. Based on a true story.
Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
YOUNG MARX
By Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Recorded live on stage at the Bridge Theatre in London.
$10 General admission; free for ECU Students.

Come to the Estep at 9:30 and 11:00 on Tuesday, February 20th for "The Spectre of Marx: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Marxism, Its Origins, and Its Ghostly Presence in Our Contemporary World." Free and open to the public.


Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Recorded live atThe Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old 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. His 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 the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
FOLLIES
Book by James Goldman; Music and Lyrics by Steven Sondheim
Recorded live at the Olivier Theatre in London.
$10 General admission; $5 for ECU students.

Come at 6:00 p.m. for dinner with ECU Showtime's Singing Waiters! $25 dinner reservations include tickets to the production. All profits to benefit ECU Showtime.


Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow 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.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke. Previous work by Academy-, Olivier-, Tony-, and Grammy-award winner Steven Sondheim  includes Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods.

Please note that this performance of Follies includes strobe lighting.

Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
By Edward Albee
Recorded live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
$10 general admission; $5 for ECU students.


Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (GypsyVera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

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 are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

For mature audiences. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

December 1: Jude Law in "Obsession"



ECU SCREENS caps its fall season with Obsession starring Jude Law (The Young Pope, The Talented Mr. Ripley) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Open to the public, the screening is $10 for members of the community, and $5 for students.

Jude Law “smoulders” (Daily Telegraph) in the lead role as Gino, a magnetically handsome drifter who is down-at-heel. At a road side restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Recorded live at the Barbican Theatre in London, this new stage adaptation is based on Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film Ossessione. Visconti’s first feature film, Ossessione gave rise to the genre of Italian neo-realism – films shot in mainly real settings, foregrounding the resistance to Fascism and the lives of the poor and dispossessed. Banned twice when it was first released in Italy, Ossessione only got proper release in Europe and the USA many years later.

The running time for this production is 1 hour and 55 minutes. There is no interval. Obsession is recommended for mature audiences.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Next spring, ECU SCREENS will be presenting NT Live’s production of an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma on Saturday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m.; the new comedy Young Marx at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21st; and Steven Sondheim’s Follies at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th. In February, ECU SCREENS will also host ECU’s seventh Foreign Film Festival, with free screenings of foreign-language features on Fridays at four p.m. This year’s screenings include Neruda (Chile; February 2), Nise (Brazil; February 16), and a recorded live stage production from Russia on February 9 (The Black Monk).

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and National Theatre Live, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

November 4: Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"



SHAKESPEARE’S GENDER-BENDING COMEDY GETS A NEW TWIST AT ECU

ECU SCREENS continues its fourth season with William Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy Twelfth Night, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Open to the public, the screening is $10 for members of the community, and $5 for students.

Featuring Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia, a role traditionally played by men, this joyous new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity is “Masses of fun, a delicious crowd pleaser,” according to Time Out: London.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Following Twelfth Night, ECU SCREENS will be presenting NT Live’s production of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) on Wednesday, November 15th at 1 p.m., and Obsession, starring Jude Law on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit www.ecuscreens.blogspot.com. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and the NT Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Fall 2017 Schedule

All films will be screened in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center located inside the Bill S. Cole University Center (near the corner of E. 13th Street and South Francis) on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person or $5 for students (with ID) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
By Tony Kushner


America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough, Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Lion King), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey.

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO: PERESTROIKA

By Tony Kushner

Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.
TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare


Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia.

Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
By Tom Stoppard


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Joshua McGuire, and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.
OBSESSION
Adapted by Jan Peter Gerrit from Luschino Visconti's 1942 film. 


Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.