Newsletter 1/15/19 – Guests/Topics

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

January 15, 2019 – Show #1067

Segment ONE

theREP’s Red Maple
Margaret E. Hall, Director
Yvonne Perry “Karen” & Oliver Wadsworth “John Hartley”

            A new world premiere comedy by Albany playwright David Bunce. Everyone wants to know, “What’s the matter with Robert?” Since becoming an empty-nester, the usually solid and dependable professor seems to be falling apart — just like the old red maple tree in the back yard. When friends get together for a cheer-him-up dinner, Robert announces he’s had an epiphany that will rock the world of the stalwart suburban gang around the table. Things get shaken and stirred as the cocktails and confessions flow, building to a hilarious crescendo when an unexpected guest shows up begging another question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” Written by Capital Region veteran actor-writer, David Bunce, this uproarious comedy, set in the suburbs of Albany, was the runaway hit of the 2016 NEXT ACT! New Play Summit.

Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre

Event: Red Maple

Location of event: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany

Date/Time: Jan 25 to Feb 17

Cost: Varies

Contact Information: 518.445.SHOW (7469)


Segment TWO

Proctors Collaborative
Michael Eck, Sr. Communications & Public Relations Leader

            The Collaborative includes: Proctors/Capital Repertory Theatre/Universal Preservation Hall. Ben Golub has been named as the new marketing operations strategist.

Organization: Proctors Collaborative

Contact Information:


Segment THREE

4th Annual Sch’dy Soup Stroll
Colleen Merays, Asst. Director

            Starting at 11am, restaurants in Downtown Schenectady will open their doors to serve a variety of hot soup to event attendees as they stroll around downtown. 
To enjoy the Schenectady Soup Stroll all you need to do is:
            1) Visit a participating restaurant location and pick up a map.
            2) Stroll around to other restaurant locations tasting fantastic soups for a $1 a cup (3 oz. serving).
            3) Vote for your favorite recipe to determine who will be named the Schenectady Soup Stroll        Souperstar!
Happy sipping & strolling!!

Organization: Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

Mission: The mission of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. is to promote Downtown Schenectady as a premier location for commerce, recreation and living by enhancing, facilitating, and supporting economic and cultural growth. 

Event: 4th Annual Schenectady Soup Stroll

Location of event: Downtown Schenectady Various Restaurants

Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 2019 — 11am – 4pm

Cost: $1/3oz. sample at each participating location

Contact Information: Office: 518-377-9430

Facebook: “Schenectady Soup Stroll”

Twitter: @DSICschenectady

Instagram: @downtown_schenectady


Segment FOUR

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2019
Ang Morris, Executive Director Human Rights Commission

Information has not been provided as of this publication

Organization: Schenectady County Human Rights – Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition

Event: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observation Celebration

Date/Time: Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Location: Taylor Auditorium at SCCC


Segment FIVE

Fences at Siena College
Jean-Remy Monnay, Director
Emmett Ferris, Actor

            Fences, by August Wilson, takes place in 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play follows Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old man who struggles to provide for his wife and son in a time when slavery is over but the civil rights movement has still not come to fruition. Troy used to be an amazing baseball player, but was not able to make it to the Major Leagues due to the color of his skin. Troy has had to settle into the life of being a trash collector and barely scraping by, and this causes a lot of turmoil and frustration, especially in his relationships. Wilson’s play deals with dreams deferred and what it means to be a man, as well as covering themes of family and loyalty. Most notably, we see a marriage that looks loving and successful at the outset begin to fall apart as Troy’s lack of self-respect starts to crumble everything around him.

Organization: Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY

Mission: Black Theatre Troupe promotes performance and theatrical pieces by, and about, artists of color. In highlighting these works, we hope to foster greater understanding, appreciation and participation in the performing arts within communities of color

Event: Fences by August Wilson

Location of event: Siena College Beaudoin Theatre, Foy Hall

Date/Time: Jan 31 to Feb 10 — January 31, Feb 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 8 PM and Feb 3 and 10 at 4 PM

Cost: Price range from $5 to $15


Segment SIX

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Melinda Burns, Director of Adult Education

            The legendary duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson face a quartet of the most confounding crimes to ever cross the threshold of 221B Baker Street. Based on four classic short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling reminder of why Sherlock Homes remains eternal. Ron Glasser is the Wildwood Theater Players Director

Organization: Wildwood Programs, Inc.

Mission: Working collaboratively with individuals, families and the community, Wildwood Programs empowers and enables children and adults with neurologically-based learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives.

Event: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Location of event: Theater Institute at Sage, Troy, NY

Date/Time: Saturday, Jan 26 at 7 pm

Cost: $5

Facebook: “Wildwood Programs”


Upcoming Shows          

January 22, 2019 Show #1068

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author – Surgion’s Mate (Historical Novel)

               Gerald Stulc MD, Author

Hubbard Hall – A Walk in the Woods (Event Jan 25 to Feb 3)

               David Andrew Snider, Executive and Artistic Producer

               Other guests TBA

Save the Pine Bush

               Lynn Jackson, Volunteer

Sch’dy Civic Players – Babylon Line (Event Jan 25 to Feb 3)

               Christopher Foster, Director

               Cristine Loffredo “Frieda”

               Cori Irwin “Joan”

Storytellers – Season at Proctors

               Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Tax Season Kick Off

               Andrea Scott, Sch’dy CA$H Chapter & CA$H Coalition Chair

               Tracy Randle, CA$H Coalition Program Director – United way of the GCR

January 29, 2019 Show #1069

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater’s 4000 miles (Event Feb 1 to Feb 17)

               Barbara Davis, Director

               Guests TBA

Confucius Center at SUNYA

               Youqin Huang, Executive Director.

Frog Alley Brewing

               J.T. Pollard, Owner

Octavo Singers Event

               Janice Walz, Singer

Public Relations

               Lisbeth Calandrino, Strategic Business Planner

A Thousand Moms “Healing the Brain: Stress, Trauma & LGBTQ Youth”

               Dave Balog, Author

February 5, 2019 Show #1070

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Girl Scouts NENY – The Cookies are Coming!

            Mary Buszuwski, Director

            Other guests TBA

miSci – Butterfly House is Coming!

            Guests TBA

Schenectady Civic Players — Boston Marriage (Event 2/10)

            Evan Jones, Director 

            Guests TBA

Proctors Historical or other topic

            Janice Walz

Writer’s Institute – Creative Life Series with Susan Orlean (Event Mar 1)

            Kim Engel, Assoc. Dir. U Albany Performing Arts Center

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