Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5 – 8 PM
Ware Center, Lancaster PA
The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street in Lancaster, invites the community to enjoy two FREE events on First Friday, March 4: opening reception for visionary art “Down the Rabbit Hole,” created by Ron Ettelman, from 5 – 8 PM in the lobby, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics, presented by The Paloma Players at 6 PM. Please note that the play contains adult language and situations that are not suitable for children.
ART: RON ETTELMAN
Ron Ettelman is a visionary artist who works from deep intuition and intention. His art often seems to jump off the medium and travel directly into the soul of the viewer. “When I work,” states Ron, “my conscious mind is set aside. In most cases, it is best for me to work with no mind and no goal. The titles are given to me, seemingly out of the blue.”
Ettleman’s art draws the viewer into the universe within, into the silent world of spirit. Filled with beautiful colors and vibrant imagery, his work has the unique ability to transport the viewer into another dimension of awareness, where the world comes alive in a wholly special and powerful way that may often have been missed by our habitual way of seeing the space of life around us. His projects begin with an impulse, and end with an unexpected surprise.
THEATRE: ANNA IN THE TROPICS
The Paloma Players, Lancaster’s Latino Theater troupe, makes Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics come alive. Set in 1929 at a Cuban-American cigar factory in Ybor City, Florida, the play chronicles the plight of workers who still roll cigars by hand while lectors, who have been hired to educate and entertain them, read to the workers as they work. When a new lector is hired and begins to read from Tolstoy’s Russian classic Anna Karenina, the lives of Tolstoy’s characters begin to deeply influence the workers, creating chaos in their own lives.
This poignant and poetic play transports audiences with the power of Cruz’s language, leading us to the depths of his characters’ passions. Cruz was the first Latino playwright to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Paloma Players are a company of bilingual performers created to serve the Hispanic population of Lancaster with authentic Latino theatre. They seek to enrich the cultural identity of the growing arts community in this area through original productions with Latino themes and artists. As part of their commitment to the Hispanic population, The Paloma Players provide actor training programs in both English and Spanish to educate and equip the next generation of Hispanic performers.
Anna in the Tropics, along with its Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was honored with two 2004 Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Daphne Rubin-Vega).