ARTS @ Oswego

February – April 2015

Circle Mirror Transformation @ Hewitt Ballroom
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm

Circle Mirror Transformation

Student Association, Blackfriars & the Oswego State Theatre Department present
Circle Mirror Transformation
Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Alyssa Otoski
A student honors production
Produced under arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Preview: Thursday, February 26 • 7:30 PM

Friday & Saturday, February 27 & 28 • 7:30 PM

Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7 • 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 8 • 2 PM

Performance: Natalie Daise in “Becoming Harriet Tubman” @ Community Folk Art Center
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm

Tubman PRINT

Natalie Daise - Becoming Harriet Tubman

The Story of Harriet Tubman
Thursday, March 5 • 7:00 PM
Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

A Talk-Back with the audience follows both performances.
For Tickets to this performance call 315-442-2230

This theatrical storytelling presentation allows the audience to follow the development of Araminta Ross as she becomes the iconic heroine Harriet Tubman. Five characters, all played by Natalie Daise, share their perspective on the events that shaped Harriet. Coded message songs, as well as a haunting melody by Kim and Reggie Harris, add texture to her unique and uplifting story.

The Syracuse Post-Standard calls it one of five “not-to-miss” theatre events of 2015!

A masterful storyteller! –Charleston City Paper

Harriet Tubman Mini-Bio Video

Natalie Daise in “Becoming Harriet Tubman”

Natalie Daise Website

German Language Film: “Sissi” @ Room 103, Lanigan Hall
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm


Sissi is a 1955 Austrian film directed by Ernst Marischka and starring Romy Schneider as Sissi. The film is based on the play Sissys Brautfahrt (Sissy’s Bridal Journey) by Ernst Décsey and Gustav Holm.

Sissi is the first installment in the trilogy of films about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was known to her family as “Sissi”. It was followed by The Young Empress and Fateful Years of an Empress.

This first film in the trilogy follows the love story of young Sissi and the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph 1. The story follows the intrigue of the royal court, as Sissi learns that Franz Joseph is engaged to her sister, Néné.

In German with English subtitles

This is an IST Approved Event.

Film & Lecture: “The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm

Thomas Allen Harris 2014

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela is a 2006 documentary film about a generation of men who left South Africa to form the African National Congress and spread their message across the world and were considered terrorists by the U.S. government. Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris focuses on his stepfather, Benjamin Pule Leinaeng, who was among the first ANC members to leave South Africa in 1960.

Harris is the founder and president of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. The program includes a film screening of The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela and an interview with noted filmmaker Harris.

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela Film Clip

VOA’s Carolyn Turner reports on a documentary that tells the story of the first freedom fighters from South Africa exiled during apartheid.

Chimpanzee Productions Website

Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1. See Parking 315-256-4805

German Film: “Two Lives” (Zwei Leben) @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm


Two Lives (German: Zwei Leben) is a 2012 German drama film written and directed by Georg Maas, and starring Juliane Kohler, with Liv Ullmann as her mother. Set in Norway and Germany, the film explores the history of the “Lebensborn” or war children, born in Norway and raised in Germany.

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow “war children.”

With Subtitles

Two Lives Trailer

Spanish Film: “La Bamba” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm


This 1987 American biographical film, written and directed by Luis Valdez and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, follows the life and career of Chicano rock and roll star Ritchie Valens until his tragic death in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959, which also took the life of Buddy Holly, an American musician, singer-songwriter and pioneer of rock and roll. That night came to be known as “The Day the Music Died”.

La Bamba Movie Trailer

German Film: “The Blue Angel” (De blue Engel) @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm

Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is a 1930 German tragicomedic film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron. It is based on Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat (“Professor Garbage”, 1905), and set in Weimar Germany. The Blue Angel presents the tragic transformation of a man from a respectable professor to a cabaret clown, and his descent into madness. The film is considered to be the first major German sound film, and brought Dietrich international fame.

With Subtitles

The Blue Angel Trailer

Vague de Cirque @ The Bright Yellow Tent by the Marano Campus Center
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm

Vague de Cirque 1

Vague de Cirque comes to SUNY Oswego for four spectacular and thrilling performances:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings, April 15-17, 2015 • 7:30 PM

Saturday matinee, April 18, 2015 • 2 PM

Vague de Cirque (“Circus Wave”) offers the nomadic spirit of the fairgrounds, the intimacy of a cabaret and deep traditions of the circus. These world-traveled Quebecois will bring and erect their own heated bigtop – just right for spring nights in Oswego.

This event is IST Approved.

“…lose yourself in this joyous, enchanting, amazing and astounding spectacle…”
Sharu Delilkin,, Aukland

Vague de Cirque on YouTube

German Film: “The Third Man” (Der dirt Mann) @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm


The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed, with screenplay by English novelist and author Graham Greene, who was regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The plot is one of intrigue, suspense and murder in post World War II Vienna. The film is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score. (Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music “The Third Man Theme” topped the international music charts in 1950.)

The Third Man Trailer

Arcadia @ Hewitt Ballroom
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 2:00 pm


See exact dates & times listed below.

Oswego State Theatre Department presents
Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Henry Shikongo
Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Preview: Thursday, April 23 • 7:30 PM

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25 • 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 2 • 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 3 • 2:00 PM