A new collaboration between Capital Community College and the Hartford Stage Company will kick off this month called “One Play”. The focus will be on the Hartford Stage’s production of Water by the Spoonful, a new play by Quiara Alegría Hudes about a Latino family in contemporary America.
“One Play”, modeled after the Hartford Public Library’s successful “One Book” program, will focus the attention of the entire College each semester on a single play offered by the Hartford Stage, according to Jeffrey F.L. Partridge, Ph.D, the Chair of the College’s Humanities Department.
The selection of the play about a Latino family in America also coincides with the observance of the 25th anniversary of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). CCC is a member institution and has been designated by the federal government as an Hispanic Serving Institution.
The program will include special events held at the college in conjunction with the play including a lecture, workshop, or panel discussion. There will be a Capital Community College night at one of the performances with efforts underway to secure low-cost or free tickets for students.
The Humanities Department will develop instructor notes and faculty development opportunities to aid instructors who wish to incorporate the play into their curriculum
“Our hope is that the One Play program will create a College-wide engagement with the themes, issues, and artistic/aesthetic experience provided by the theatre, and that our students will be swept up in the excitement of the arts as our entire College experiences One Play as a community, ” Partridge said in announcing the One Play program.
“The idea for One Play was initiated at a Humanities Department Hartford Heritage workshop hosted by the Hartford Stage and supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant,” said Partridge. Last year the College received a two-year NEH grant for faculty and curriculum development. Hartford’s historic and cultural institutions are being visited by participating faculty and workshops held in those venues. Writing and composition courses will benefit from themes and topics that will emerge from the project.
The campus’ One Play project will feature a series of events including a public lecture by Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes.
There will be dissemination of a Teaching Guide to Instructors and a “Critical Eye” workshop for faculty tentatively set for October 22nd. Capital Night at the Theater is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th
Members of the One Play Committee include Jeff Partridge Marie Basche, Susan Rand Brown, and John Kiely. For more information call Humanities Chair Jeffrey Partridge at (860) 906-5191
Water by the Spoonful
October 20th, 2011 – November 13th, 2011
By Quiara Alegria Hudes | Directed by Davis McCallum
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What a wonderful thing for CCC students and the Hartford Community! Excellent work.