Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sun Valley Center announces 2014-15 season

Tony and Pulitzer winners part of music, theater and lecture series


The Portland Cello Project, known for playing all genres of music, will perform Oct. 25 in Hailey as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2014-15 series.
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    I am currently one of the many insignificant bipeds systematically trying to create my own slice of nirvana here on earth.
– Timothy Egan

    Author and biped Egan, a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who writes about the American West, will help launch the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2014-15 season of lecture, theater and performing arts series.
    Egan, author of “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl” (winner of a National Book Award) and “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America,” will speak at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum on Oct. 2 to open the center’s lecture series.
    Other highlights include Company of Fools’ production of the Tony-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, 2015); a lecture by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz (Jan. 13, 2015); and a performance by the dance group JUNK (March 19, 2015).
    Several of the events will be part of the Center’s three Big Idea multidisciplinary projects, which explore one topic from many artistic perspectives (theater, music, art, film, lectures).
    Egan will speak as part of the “Forest, Foraging and Fires” Big Idea project, which runs through Nov. 12.
    The other Big Idea programs for 2014-15 are “Under the Influence of Rock and Roll” (Nov. 21 through Jan. 30, 2015), including concerts by blues musician Guy Davis and Little Feat pianist Bill Payne; and “The Brain” (Feb. 6 through April 17, 2015), featuring a lecture by NPR social correspondent Shankar Vedantam and a production of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof.”
    Ticket sales begin in September. Here’s the schedule:
- Author Timothy Egan, Oct. 2; puzzle master Will Shortz, Jan. 13, 2015; Ethan Russell, rock music photographer (he’s done covers for the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles), Jan. 22, 2015; NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, Feb. 5, 2015; and Ann Patchett, writer and owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, March 5, 2015.
    All lectures take place at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum except Russell’s appearance, at nexStage Theatre.
    Performing Arts
- Portland Cello Project, string ensemble mixes musical genres (from classical to rock and hip-hop). Oct. 25, Wood River High School, Hailey.
- Guy Davis, blues artist and son of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Dec. 12, Sun Valley Opera House.
- Bill Payne, keyboardist and co-founder of the band Little Feat. Jan. 30, Sun Valley Opera House.
- JUNK, athletic dance ensemble from Philadelphia combines choreography and physical theater. March 19, 2015, Wood River High School.
- TorQ Percussion Group, featuring four Canadian percussionists devoted to new music. April 18, 2015, Wood River High School.
    All shows presented by Company of Fools at The Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
- “Peter and the Starcatcher” by Rick Elice, prequel to “Peter Pan” based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, 2015.
- “Proof” by David Auburn, about a young woman who must cope with the death of her father, a brilliant but mentally unstable mathematician. Feb. 11-28, 2015.
- “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, 2013 Tony-winning play about a family living in a Pennsylvania farmhouse. July 1-25, 2015.
    For Center members, series tickets go on sale Sept. 5 and individual tickets Sept. 12. For the general public, tickets for Company of Fools plays will be on sale Sept. 12, and all tickets Sept. 19.
    For tickets or more information, call 726-9491 or visit

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