The Invisible Theatre
THE BAGHDAD BURNING SUITE
with Broadway Star
and Acclaimed Jazz Pianist and Composer
“…I’ll meet you ‘round the bend my friend,
where hearts can heal and souls can mend…”
Through the generous support of Bob and Mary Ann Stubbs
WHEN: January 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 W. Speedway Blvd
On the campus of the AZ School for the Deaf & Blind
TICKETS: Ticket Price: $25 per person
Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
RUSH TICKETS: One half-hour prior to curtain for any scheduled performance, tickets are available for half price – subject to availability
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes with discussion
This unique performance piece incorporates spoken word and jazz piano compositions. It is based upon a riveting web-blog that was written by a remarkable 25-year-old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad, whose identity remained concealed for her own protection. Calling herself “Riverbend”, she offered searing eyewitness accounts of the everyday realities on the ground, punctuated by astute analysis on the politics behind those events. It is a personal commentary on the aftermath of the war in Iraq, living conditions in Iraq and the daily lives of Iraqi women during that period. Her writing is gripping and personal and in that way is heartbreaking while at the same time it is a testament to the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
KATHLEEN CHALFANT is one of America’s greatest and most sought-after actors. Her Broadway credits include: the ENCORE! Presentation of BLOOMER GIRL, ANGELS IN AMERICA (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and M. BUTTERFLY. She is also regularly seen Off-Broadway in such acclaimed productions as GREAT EXPECTATIONS at TheatreworksUSA, 5 BY TENN at Manhattan Theatre Club, GUANTANAMO at the Culture Project, WIT (Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Awards), NINE ARMENIANS (Drama Desk nomination) and others.
Her film and television work includes Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, The Last Days of Disco, Side Streets, Random Hearts, Kinsey, “Book of Daniel” (recurring role) “The Laramie Project”, “Benjamin Franklin”, “A Death in the Family” (Aunt Hannah) for PBS Masterpiece Theatre, “Law & Order” (Lisa Cutler), “The Beat” (recurring role), “Storm of the Century” (Stephen King miniseries for ABC), “Prince Street” (recurring role), “Spin City”, “LA Law” and “One Life to Live”.
She received the 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 1998 Connecticut Critics Circle Award (Wit), 2000 Ovation, Garland and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards (Los Angeles) for WIT and Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for body of work. She is a founding member of the Women’s Project and sits on the board of The Vineyard Theatre, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is an advisor to Theaters Against War. Ms Chalfant was an artist in residence at the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University for 2005-2006, was the Beineke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama in the spring of 2006 and is a member of the board of advisors of MSF/Doctors Without Borders.
LIZ MAGNES combines an extraordinary approach to jazz piano with a world music flavor to create a totally new and fresh solo jazz piano sound. Her signature blend of American and Middle Eastern jazz is an exciting meeting of East and West.
Liz was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and started studying piano at the age of 5 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She studied classical music at Sarah Lawrence College and the Mannes School of Music, but it was the New York jazz world of the late 50’s-mid 60’s and her studies with pianist Mal Waldron that solidified her foundation in American jazz. After moving to Israel in 1968, Liz completed her musical education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Music degree from the Hebrew University Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Living most of her adult life in Israel, Liz distinguished herself as one of Israel’s most dynamic and creative solo jazz pianists, performing in major clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals in Israel, Europe and the U.S.A. Liz has worked collaboratively with many other artists, drawing upon many different musical traditions including medieval Jewish oriental prayer music, Spanish Ladino melodies, Arabic maqam, modern Israeli pop music and traditional American standards. She interprets each with her jazz sensibilities to create beautiful and often startling connections between divergent forms, weaving together different eras and cultures into splendid musical tapestries.
Liz has composed and performed music for dance and theatre and is an acclaimed composer of original scores for silent films, which she has performed in film festivals in Vienna, New York and Jerusalem.
Liz holds a degree in Clinical Art Therapy and in 1979 was a Fulbright Fellow to the Salzburg Seminar as an Art Therapist. In 1994 she was granted the prestigious fellowship of Artist-in-Residence at the Cite Des Arts in Paris, awarded by the Cultural Ministries of France and Israel.
Liz and Rafi Magnes have four children and are involved in the international peace movement and Liz has dedicated much of her time and many of her concerts to the cause of peace.