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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ryan Hastings'Talks About The Year of the Rabbit
He's not a Marine, but he plays one on stage.
Well, okay, not always, but when I first saw Ryan Hastings perform, he was convincingly
cross-examining Tim X Davis in A Few Good Men ... now he's involved with Balagula's current effort, The Year of the Rabbit and again, here we find his character is a marine.
However, according to Hastings, "There are few similarities with my role in the BCTC production and Rabbit, both are Marines, but it really stops there. Lt. Ross of A Few Good Men is a marine corps lawyer, who may or may not have ever worked on the front line; he's tough, but an intellectual, cynical, pragmatic, and realistic, as you would expect of any lawyer.
Capt. Brice Skinner from Rabbit is a Marine pilot, in Afghanistan, the play plots the trajectory of his career in the military, notably the romance that develops between Brice and his partner Kara.
Brice is a dreamer, his view of the world is skewed to the idealistic/romantic side. He was not made to be a soldier. "
Hastings especially enjoyed his last on stage role as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at UK last winter. "
I love Shakespeare, and the role is so empowering and enjoyable, it was a great way to end my career on the Guignol stage."
"I will be taking the last classes of my degree over the summer, after graduation my plans are still kind of up in the air, but will most likely include a move to a larger city where I might have more opportunities on stage. (Though I have grown quite fond of Lexington)," he adds.
Hastings in UK's The Baltimore Waltz
"The play is incredibly relevant, and though it is about war, something only a fraction of Americans experience first hand, the heart of the play is the relationships and the central conflict; which are deeply relatable."
Ryan Case and Natasha Williams
This play is challenging for the actors, which is necessary to make compelling theatre. "It has been an eye-opening experience discovering the vulnerabilities inherent in this character, Brice is very human. He has a strong and confident exterior, but he is contemplative, and conflicted. He has a strong moral compass, which is kind of a new thing for me (on stage) as I have been playing antagonists for the past few years now."
"Working with Natasha and Ryan is wonderful. I have wanted to work at Balagula for quite sometime, they always put out pieces that are provocative, relevant, and filled with meaning."
"Natasha is a very insightful director, and during the process she had a great way of guiding me through some of the landmines in the piece. We had great discussions on the characters and relationships in the play that really informed my choices on stage."
Hastings has also been delighted to work with Ryan Case in informal discussions about character and scene work.
"I really believe in what they are doing at Balagula and I hope the whole community comes out to see The Year of The Rabbit."
April 1, 2012 - April 4, 2012
April 7, 2012 - April 10, 2012
Patrick Joel Martin
The winner of Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights Competition, The Year of the Rabbit by Los Angeles based actress and playwright Keliher Walsh is a complex snapshot of two American families spanning two generations and two wars – the Vietnam War and the Afghan War.
The script speaks of deep rooted conflicts of race and gender, marriage, motherhood and cultural displacement, and of our longing to be accepted and understood.
Balagula Theatre is proud to have been chosen to produce the World Premier of the play.
"The Year of the Rabbit makes evident, with a fresh theatricality and original imagination, the historical and emotional connectedness we often wish to deny between what one might call Big History and the most intimate experiences of our lives. The play brings together the disparate worlds of love and war, and the collision is both disturbing and at times, deeply moving.”—Naomi Wallace.
"KWWC chose The Balagula Theatre for this partnership because of Balagula's reputation as a progressive activist theatre of proven high artistic quality, that has a track record of successful partnerships with other Kentucky non-profits." Julie Kuzneski Wrinn, Director
$15 General Admission
About The Playwright:
Keliher Walsh has had her plays performed at the Blank Theater, the Mills Playhouse, and Ensemble Studio Theater in Los Angeles. As an actress she has performed in the works of playwrights such as John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Carol Churchill, Tina Howe and many others both on and off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons and is currently at work on her fourth play.
April 3 (Tuesday) - Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities within which we operate, the mission of Planned Parenthood is
to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual
to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services
to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications
April 4 (Wednesday) - Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry.
Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.
Who we are
We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
Meet our Board of Directors and our CEO, Jonathan Reckford.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are Habitat's most famous supporters. The couple annually leads the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
What we build
Our houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world. See what Habitat houses are like around the world.
Whenever possible, we build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing. Learn more about our construction technologies.
Why we build
Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.
Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program provides shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover.
How it’s possible
Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision.
Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support. Learn more about Habitat's stewardship of these resources in our Annual Report and Financial Statement.
In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity lends no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families.
On a global scale, Habitat’s traditional model is not always possible. Our international housing finance programs consist of innovative housing finance practices and/or partnerships with microfinance organizations.