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Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
in partnership with the Arena Theater
presents

Proof

A play by David Auburn

Catherine is a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but mentally unstable father, a famous mathematician and professor at the University of Chicago. In fact, Catherine has inherited some of her father's genius, but when he dies she is left wondering how much of his mental illness has also been passed down to her.

Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions. There's the arrival of her estranged sister Claire. And the attentions of Hal, her father's former grad student, who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks her father left behind.

When Hal discovers a groundbreaking explanation about prime numbers in her dad's office, Catherine claims that she is the one who wrote the proof, but neither Hal nor Catherine's sister Claire believe that she has the talent to create a work of such genius.

Over the long weekend that follows, a beginning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all--how much of her father's madness, or genius, will she inherit?

And can Catherine prove that she is the real author of the proof? Can she desperately maintain control despite her fear of following in her father's footsteps of mental illness?

Though these questions may have arisen from a life in math, the drama that unfolds is an entirely human one that speaks intimately to the audience.

A compelling a deeply felt play, Proof won five awards in 2001, including New York Drama Critics' Best Play, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Tony Award for Best Play.

Proof, directed by Yavé Guzman, with actors Kit Grimm, Amy Lovato, Meghan Lehmann, and David O'Connell is brought to Arena Theater by the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center for one performance only.


Proof

Showtime:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Start time: 7:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm

Tickets:
$18 General Admission

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Mary Jane: The Musical
Performed by Dell'Arte Company

Mary Jane: The Musical is a unique musical event, part concert, part show. With songs commissioned from over a dozen songwriters, Mary Jane: The Musical explores the light and dark sides of California's marijuana 'green rush,' reflecting the broad spectrum of our community's attitudes, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams about the herb. Out of this milieu Dell'Arte has envisioned a true theatre-of-place production.

Sung in concert style by a cast of fourteen singers, actors and musicians, the story spotlights Mary Jane, the title character and first-generation grower played by Dell'Arte's Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle, who reflects on her relationship with the development of 'the industry' throughout the piece, and her final words address the imminent possibility of federal legalization.

"MJM" promises to reflect the good, the bad, the funny and the sad, in new original songs born of our local marijuana culture. Whether you think Mary Jane's an industrial pollutant or a magical mystery, there'll be a song for you!

A musical in two acts, with one intermission, directed by Michael Fields.

In 2011, the Dell'Arte Company staged the world premiere of Mary Jane: the Musical at its annual Mad River Festival in Blue Lake, California. Partnering with twelve local songwriters, the show featured Humboldt County-centric characters facing various issues in the marijuana milieu. Mary Jane quickly gained notoriety, sold out all its performances, and became the highest-grossing show in Dell'Arte's 35-year production history. "MJ" won the hearts of local followers who demanded Dell'Arte bring it back for a second year, which they did in Mary Jane the Musical II: The Diva Returns. Mary Jane sought to examine all aspects of the local pot culture, from its regional economic importance to the grim particulars of violence and environmental degradation.

About Dell'Arte
The Dell'Arte Company has been at the forefront of the ensemble theatre movement for more than 38 years. Employing and revitalizing traditional physical theatre forms to explore contemporary concerns, Dell'Arte has created more than 45 award-winning original works and has toured regionally and internationally, performing from rural communities like Forks of Salmon to international festivals in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary and France. Always exploring the work of the actor-creator, Dell'Arte has devised highly experimental touring pieces such as "Paradise Lost," adapted and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, as well as imaginative original family theatre such as "The Fish In My Head," (played at Arena Theater) and large-scale 'theatre of place' spectacles at its annual summer Mad River Festival.

Dell'Arte International consists of a professional, international touring ensemble, the Dell'Arte Company; a professional training program, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, offering a one-year certificate program and the only accredited MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre in the world; and the annual summer Mad River Festival.

More about Dell'Arte at https://www.dellarte.com/

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

Showtime:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Start time: 7:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 General Admission

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Sean Hayes

"Take him anywhere, play him for anyone, and the response is always the same: People want more. They'll write down the name if they don't know it already..." - San Francisco Weekly

If there were a map of Sean Hayes' 20-plus year career, it would be circuitous. A tangled criss-crossing of backroads and blue highways denoting place, influence, and trajectory. You can hear it in the deep-roots syncopation, in the dusty folk-stomp and in the biorhythmic pulse that ebbs and thumps throughout his soul-tinged songs.

For Hayes, it's never been about the destination. It's always been about the journey: The words on paper, fingers on strings, impromptu dance parties, darkened clubs, late night mysteries, firing synapses, human connection, deeper meaning and the kind of beats that really make a body move. "I got moves the kids ain't seen," he sings on "Magic Slim vs. Dynamite." The smoke-and-sparklers dance party video for the song aptly captures the serious fun of his music.

Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, Hayes headed for California two decades ago. It was in San Francisco that his career blossomed. But Hayes credits the Carolinas towns like Asheville and Charleston - places where he first wrote and performed tunes such as "Mary Magdelene" - with imprinting him as an artist.

Hayes cites various influences from the soul, folk, R&B, reggae, and gospel worlds, such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, 'The Anthology of American Folk Music,' 'American Primitive, Volumes 1 and 2' (pre-war gospel compilations), and Nina Simone. He adds, "I also love Bob Marley and his rhythm section. I think of him as more folk than reggae."

Hayes forges songs that, even to the uninitiated, sound like hits. He's been compared to Bill Withers for his rhythmic sense and his soulfulness. His "Powerful Stuff" got a lot of mileage in a Subaru commercial. "Dream Machine" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" was covered by folk group The Be Good Tanyas, "Fucked Me Right Up" landed on the soundtrack to HBO's "Bored to Death." He sang a duet with Aimee Mann, toured with the likes of Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, and his breathlessly sexy slow dance, "When We Fall In," inspired pop star Justin Timberlake to blog rhapsodic.

Listening to his songs on recording is one thing, live is another experience altogether. Hayes is at once dynamic and laid back on stage. His ability to be authentic in front of an audience comes, he says, "from having just enough of a theater background to realize that being yourself on stage is more interesting than any stereotyped character." He adds, "I've always been interested in revealing and stripping down and being open."

The musician has covered a lot of ground in his tenure, but now, seven albums in, he shows no sign of slowing. "Music has changed a lot," he says of his time in the profession. "You used to have to spend time with a record. You had to take chances and buy records. They were real objects that took up space in your room. Now we have access to enough music, on our phones, to fill libraries." So how to stand out among a sea of musical artists? Hayes continues to hone his intoxicating blend of ease, effortless cool and magnetism. There's a definite continuity over the span of his back catalog, which dates to his 1999 debut, A Thousand Tiny Pieces. "Themes will recycle some," he says, but Hayes' approach is more of a spiraling in and deepening of understanding than a simple return. He revisits subject matter - sex, emotion, universal life experience - from album to album and it's all here on Sean Hayes newest release "Before We Turn to Dust," succeeding on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour's coo.

Opening band will be Arann Harris and The Bad Farmers.

Visit www.SeanHayesMusic.com.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Sean Hayes

Showtime:
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Start time: 8:00 pm
Doors open: 7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 General Admission

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