The Wagner College Theatre’s next outdoor production is “The Dance Project 2020: A Celebration of (Socially Distanced) Dance.”
Live outdoor performances — for the campus community only (current students, faculty and staff) — will be staged on Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 4:45 p.m. on the steps of Wagner College’s Main Hall.
Wagner College Theatre is continuing to pioneer the effort to bring live theater back to New York City while practicing social distancing. This year’s “Dance Project” features the music of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding in the forms of social dance from the 1940s through the ’70s, classic and funk/street jazz, and musical-theater dance. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in their best 1970s-inspired finery.
“The Dance Project 2020: A Celebration of (Socially Distanced) Dance” is directed and choreographed by Rusty Curcio (WCT’s “Sister Act” and “La Cage Aux Folles”).
The show features Kamila Zando, Seth Jolles, Deidre Thompson, Nick Gerrity, Camryn Duckworth, Noah McKane, Emma Alteri, Viraj Shriwardhanker, Kirby Sclafani, Remy Barson, Christiana Alicante and Liam Blanchard.
The creative team includes Phill Hickox (production manager), Alan Michael Smith (costume designer), Cameron Russell ’21 (video supervisor, assistant production manager), Conchetta Aronowitz ’20 (sound designer) and Hailey Delaney ’21 (production stage manager).
This is the second production of WCT’s innovative fall season, and its first venture at an outdoor dance program. Next up are two Moliere one-acts, “The Jealous Husband” and “The Flying Doctor” (Oct. 30 through Nov. 1), Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (Nov. 5-8) and “The Queen’s Men: Selections from Shakespeare’s Plague Plays” (Nov. 13-15). Wagner College’s Department of Performing Arts is excited to bring together new technologies with the traditional outdoor stage as we safely collaborate, celebrate and anticipate what’s possible during these unprecedented times.