The Burns Sisters Band takes the Hangar Stage for a Holiday Concert

The Burns Sisters Band takes the Hangar Stage for a Holiday Concert and 
CD Pre-Release December 12 & 13

Ithaca favorites The Burns Sisters return to the Hangar Theatre on December 12 and 13 at 8pm for a Holiday Concert and a special pre-release of their new CD Looking Back…Our American Irish Souls. They will be performing original songs and holiday classics from around the world. The Hangar has partnered with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and will collect donations for that organization on both evenings.

The Burns Sisters take pride in their Irish heritage and celebrate it in their music, bringing a Celtic slant to their songs and arrangements. They describe their new CD as “an inspirational look at our American Irish heritage.” The album was recorded with musicians including Seamus Egan, Joanie Madden, Blackie O’Connell, Jim Kimball, and three-time Grammy winner Stuart Duncan. CDs will be available for purchase at the Hangar concerts before being released to the general public.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or to make an onsite donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. There is a great need for food items that support their BackPack Program, which gives children who are at risk of hunger a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year. Kid-friendly items ideal for this program include boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, crackers and cheese, canned tuna/chicken, and small cans of fruit. Over 2,500 students receive packages from the BackPack program every week. While a donation to the BackPack Program is highly encouraged, any and all donations will be accepted. Patrons who make a donation will be entered into a raffle to win fabulous Hangar prizes.

Tickets for The Burns Sisters Holiday Concert start at $18 and can be purchased online, by phone at (607) 273-ARTS (2787), or in person at the Hangar Theatre business office located in Center Ithaca on the Commons.


Subscription packages are now on sale for the Hangar’s 2015 Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF seasons! Subscriptions offer preferred seating, discounted ticket prices, ticket exchange privileges, and other great benefits. To learn more, visit or call the office at 607-273-8588.

The Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2014 Partner in Flight sponsorship from CFCU Community Credit Union and Cayuga Radio Group. Premier sponsorship for The Burns Sisters Holiday Concert is provided by Rob Ainslie of Wells Fargo Advisors.

The Hangar Theatreis dedicated to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong educational and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

The theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850, two miles north of Downtown Ithaca on Route 89 at the Treman Marina entrance to Cass Park.

The Burns Sisters Newest CD Titled Looking Back, Our American Irish Souls. 

The Burns Sisters

The Ithacan Review ‘Lonely Planet’

Matinee today at 4pm. Performances next week Wednesday to Sunday.Kitchen Theatre Company is a great place to start a conversation.

Grassroots Festival |

Our friends at WSKG Public TV & Radio put together this great mini-documentary on GrassRoots. Check it out!

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The Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance is held over 3 days annually in July on the fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY. Take a look at the setup behind the scenes and opening night 2014. Produced by: Tina Reinhard

Fund Raising Success at The Hangar Theatre

Hangar Theatre’s 3rd Annual Charades Fundraiser a Sweet Success!

The Hangar’s Acting Out on the Hangar Stage, Community Charades Challenge took place on Saturday, October 18. With the support of the community – through donations to four teams of participants, the purchase of auction items, and ticket sales – the Hangar was able to reach its fundraising goal for the event, which supports the theatre’s educational programming, raising a total of $26,000.

The evening started with a pre-show reception where guests enjoyed delicious treats from event sponsor Serendipity Catering and refreshments provided by Sheldrake Point Winery and Ithaca Beer Company. Mark Shanahan took the stage as Master of Ceremonies, leading the four teams through five rounds of charades. More than 200 audience members watched as team members jumped, gestured, and wiggled their way through clues to earn points for their teams and to earn fundraising dollars for the Hangar. Each team featured a Hangar trustee, a local notable, a sponsor representative, and a Hangar star returning to the stage after performing in a Mainstage show this summer. The Hangar stars performed a show-stopping halftime act directed by the Hangar’s Artistic Director Jen Waldman.

The winning team in the charades battle was the Remarkable Reds led by Hangar Trustee Jamie Wells and including Rik Daniels of Tompkins Trust Company, Kelly Jackson of Tompkins Trust Company, and Bruce Warren, who played the Dentist in the Hangar’s Little Shop of Horrors this summer. In close second in the charades battle, and taking first place for the most dollars fundraised, was the Hellacious Horrors led by Hangar Trustee Arno Selco and including Susan Currie of Tompkins County Public Library, Frost Travis of Travis Hyde Properties, and Erin Maya, who was the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. To see a full list of participants and photos from the event, visit

The real winners of the night, however, are the children, young adults, and early career professionals who benefit from the Hangar’s commitment to education and training programming. All of the money raised from this event will support the Hangar’s Project 4: Artists in the Classroom program, its professional training program called the Hangar Lab Company, its Next Generation School of Theatre summer classes, and its Spring Break-a-Leg camp. To learn more about these programs and other Hangar events, visit or call 607.273.8588.

The Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges Acting Out premier sponsor Serendipity Catering and team sponsors Cayuga Medical Center, CFCU Community Credit Union, Tompkins Trust Company, and Travis Hyde Properties.

The Hangar Theatreis committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

 Photo Gallery:

Acting Out on the Hangar Stage Team Participants
Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson

Charades Champion’s Remarkable Reds team members
Kelly Jackson, Bruce Warren, Jamie Wells
Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson

Top fundraising team, the Hellacious Horrors
Frost Travis, Susan Currie, Erin Maya, Arno Selco
Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson

The Dynamic Deserts celebrate winning a round of charades
Brett Bossard, John Rudd, Isabel Santiago
Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson
 The Wondrous Worlds celebrate their team efforts
Michael Di Liberto, Mike D’Angelo, Kat Walters
Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson

For those Ithacans who wish to expand their acting careers.

Internships are a great way for actors to develop skills—here are 5 worth applying to in ‪#‎LA‬!

Internships are a great way for actors to develop employable skills and get their feet wet in the professional work environment of a theater.

Critics Just Can Not Enough of Kitchen Theatre’s Cooking [ Productions that is. ]


Here’s what the critics are saying about Lonely Planet:
“Director Rachel Lampert deeply trusts the poetry, letting the play breathe in a lustrous production that makes virtues of the tiny space. …The acting is exquisite, DeWolf and Gregory proving graceful and tight stage partners. …They make of the evening both a delirious romp and a whispered prayer.” – Ross Haarstad, Ithaca Times
“This journey proves as touching as it is harrowing, thanks to riveting performances from both Gregory and DeWolf, and the Kitchen Theatre’s cozy theater space.” – Steven Pirani, The Ithacan

“Though it’s a heart-wrenching topic, both DeWolf and Gregory manage to temper the sense of loss and sadness with just the right amount of their own brands of humor.” – Sue Henninger, Tompkins Weekly

“Under Lampert’s sharp direction, Lonely Planet is the least political of AIDS plays, the polar opposite of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, with no anger or finger-pointing. Instead it is a timeless rather than timely look at how difficult it is to tell the truth.” – Jim MacKillop, Syracuse New Times
Don’t miss Lonely Planet! Buy tickets online by clicking here, or call (607) 272-0570, Mon-Fri 11AM – 6PM, Sat & Sun 12-4PM
Only nine more performances!

Kitchen Theatre Company is pleased to offer Steven Dietz’s powerful and moving LONELY PLANET, starring Karl Gregory and Kitchen Theatre newcomer Nat DeWolf. Lonely Planet is a witty, touching story about friendship and keeping memories alive, set against the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s.
Starring Karl Gregory* and Nat DeWolf*
Directed by Rachel Lampert
Lighting Design by Tyler M. Perry
Scenic Design by Kent Lynn Goetz
Costume Design by Hunter Kaczorowski
Sound Design and Original Music by Scott O’Brien
Production Underwriter: CSP MANAGEMENT
Media Sponsor: Syracuse New Times
*member, Actors’ Equity Association

Karl Gregory and Nat DeWolf in Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Meet the Cast!
Karl Gregory returns to Kitchen Theatre Company for his 14th production! Karl was Resident Actor at the Kitchen for five seasons. Some of his favorite productions here (and ours too!) include: Gutenberg! The Musical!, Fully Committed, SantaLand Diaries, From White Plains, Swimming in the Shallows, A Perfect Ganesh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters.
Nat DeWolf is new to the Kitchen Theatre. He appeared in the Broadway productions Take Me Out and Betty’s Summer Vacation as well as regional productions across the country. He is also the co-writer and co-star of the comedy-drama Lisa Picard is Famous, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Karl Gregory* and Nat DeWolf*

Special Events for LONELY PLANET
TONIGHT! Thursday, October 23 – Free Pre-show Lecture
Join us for a reception at 6:30 PM and talk at 6:45 PM


“Do We Lie with Maps? We Do, and We Have No Choice”  by Boris Michev

Boris Michev is the Map & Geospatial Information Librarian in the Department of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University’s Olin/Uris Libraries. He is the subject specialist for Cartography, Geography, and Urban Studies and provides reference and instruction in these areas. He strives to introduce GIS to audiences typically unfamiliar with the possibilities in their fields. Michev is also the library liaison to the Department of City and Regional Planning.

Originally from Bulgaria, Boris Michev and his family moved to the United States in 1992 and settled down in Ithaca. He began his career at Cornell in 1993. Michev is fascinated by cartography – both its past and the opportunities the new mapping technologies offer for its future.

Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30
KTC is happy to celebrate the success of the 2014 AIDSRIDE on October 29 and 30 when many participants will be joining us at the theater. Come celebrate with us. Tickets still available.
Friday, October 31 – Talkback Night
Join us for a post-show discussion with the actors and director, facilitated by Lee Rayburn of WHCU Radio.
Don’t miss Lonely Planet! Buy tickets online by clicking here, or call (607) 272-0570, Mon-Fri 11AM – 6PM, Sat & Sun 12-4PM

Next on the Kitchen Sink Series
Monday, October 27 at 7:00 PM
What Took You So Long?
Written and performed by
Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Directed by
Holly Adams
A dynamic evening of spoken word that finally answers questions about some of Leslyn’s “strange womanly behaviors!”
Tickets are $10.
For tickets, call (607) 272-0570 or buy online.

Dear White People

JUST confirmed – we’re getting it a week early! Dear White People now opens THIS Friday (10/24)!
As an African American student on an Ivy League campus, I was nervous to see it. But now I think everyone should VIDEO

Just two days away – live theatre on our screens! Gillan Anderson as Blanche.

Just two days away – live theatre on our screens! Gillan Anderson as Blanche in the Tennessee Williams clas

Brett Bossard's photo.


State Theatre Movies Night 1973-1974. The Exorcist 1974. Warner Bros. Pictures

Who’s got plans for mischief night this year?

Come see 1974’s The Exorcist in the last remaining SPOOKY theatre in Tompkins County.

Thursday, October 30th at 8pm.

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1973-1974. The Exorcist 1974. Warner Bros. Pictures