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Inaugural Weekend Celebration

Thursday September 23 - Sunday September 26, 2010

Paramount Theater

We're throwing open the doors to our spectacular home, the Paramount Center, a cornerstone in the revitalization of downtown Boston. Come explore the Center's richly appointed facilities, take in a free film or enjoy our "Paramount Pop-up" plays, and stay for a performance of Fraulein Maria, or the world premiere of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

Thursday, September 23    Friday, September 24
Saturday, September 25    Sunday, September 26


Thursday, September 23

4 – 6PM  |  OPEN HOUSE  |  Paramount Center  |  FREE
Explore the beautifully re-imagined Paramount Mainstage, the versatile, intimate Black Box Theatre, and the state-of the art Bright Family Screening Room. Learn more about the rich history behind the building and ArtsEmerson’s commitment to providing new opportunities to experience culturally enriching theatre, film, and music for the Boston community.

4:15 - 6PM  |  Emerson Student Selects  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  FREE
The high levels of craft, imagination, and exploration that the Emerson's film students are trained and encouraged to develop will be given public display in this shorts program, a selection of notable films produced in Emerson classes over the last few years. (Total run time approximately 90 minutes)  

4:15 - 6PM  |  Paramount Pop-Ups  |  Black Box/Mainstage  |  FREE
Ten short plays by Boston-based playwrights, directed and performed by members of the Performing Arts department at Emerson College. Featuring the work of John Oluwole ADEkoje, Andrew Clarke, Larry Coen, John Kuntz, Jack Neary, Ronan Noone, Masha Obolensky, Jacqui Parker, Kate Snodgrass, and Joyce Van Dyke.

6:00PM  |  Vitaphone Varieties  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  FREE
These wildly entertaining Vitaphone shorts produced between 1926 and 1931 feature top vaudeville acts, musicians, dramatists and radio stars. U.S. 1927-1931, 35mm, b/w, 107 minutes.    Learn More

7:30PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+
The playfully brilliant Doug Elkins merges modern and popular dance forms to reinvent Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as an edgy yet fun-loving sing-along cabaret romp.    Buy Tickets

8:30PM  |  Shanghai Express and Paramount Shorts  |  Bright Family Screening Room  | FREE

Revisit 1932! Shanghai Express opened the Paramount Theatre in 1932. Covering the momentous occasion, the Boston Globe applauded the “new Marlene Dietrich stellar vehicle” as a picture that “rises to the heights of film supremacy.” We'll present the classic von Sternberg-Dietrich film with accompanying Paramount short subjects.    Learn More


Friday, September 24

4 – 6PM  |  OPEN HOUSE  |  Paramount Center  |  FREE

Explore the beautifully re-imagined Paramount Mainstage, the versatile, intimate Black Box Theatre, and the state-of the art Bright Family Screening Room. Learn more about the rich history behind the building and ArtsEmerson’s commitment to providing new opportunities to experience culturally enriching theatre, film, and music for the Boston community.

4:15 - 6PM  |  Paramount Pop-Ups  |  Black Box/Mainstage  |  FREE
Ten short plays by celebrated Boston-based playwrights, directed and performed by members of the Performing Arts department at Emerson. Featuring the work of John Oluwole ADEkoje, Andrew Clarke, Larry Coen, John Kuntz, Jack Neary, Ronan Noone, Masha Obolensky, Jacqui Parker, Kate Snodgrass, and Joyce Van Dyke.

5:30PM  |  Vitaphone Varieties  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  FREE
These wildly entertaining Vitaphone shorts produced between 1926 and 1931 feature top vaudeville acts, musicians, dramatists and radio stars. U.S. 1927-1931, 35mm, b/w, 107 minutes.    Learn More

7:30PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+
The playfully brilliant Doug Elkins merges modern and popular dance forms to reinvent Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as an edgy yet fun-loving sing-along cabaret romp.    Buy Tickets

8:00PM  |  Shanghai Express and Paramount Shorts  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  Tickets $10
Revisit 1932! Shanghai Express opened the Paramount Theatre in 1932. Covering the momentous occasion, the Boston Globe applauded the “new Marlene Dietrich stellar vehicle” as a picture that “rises to the heights of film supremacy.” We'll present the classic von Sternberg-Dietrich film with accompanying Paramount short subjects.    Learn More

8PM  |  THE LARAMIE PROJECT (and Reunion)  |  Cutler Majestic Theatre  |  Tickets $15+
Performed by the original cast and creators of Tectonic Theater Project. Special Laramie Project Reunion performance: Any current or former cast and crew for productions of The Laramie Project are invited as out guests this evening. The performance will be followed by a facilitated post-show discussion with the Tectonic Theater Project team. To register, Laramie Project "alumni" must provide details on the date and location of their production.       Buy Tickets

High school and college students who have not participated in a production may attend at the discounted rate of $15 and can purchase an additional ticket to the epilogue (The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later) for $25. These discounted rates are available by phone (617.824.8000) or in person (Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street).     Learn More


Saturday, September 25

10AM – 6PM  |  OPEN HOUSE  |  Paramount Center  |  FREE
Explore the beautifully re-imagined Paramount Mainstage, the versatile, intimate Black Box Theatre, and the state-of the art Bright Family Screening Room. Learn more about the rich history behind the building and ArtsEmerson’s commitment to providing new opportunities to experience culturally enriching theatre, film, and music for the Boston community.

10AM  |  The Sound Of Music  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  FREE
Rare, studio vault print of this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. While Fraulein Maria’s witty reinvention of this beloved film plays on the Mainstage, we celebrate the familiar tunes and story on the big screen: a grand scale unattainable on your television or laptop display. Directed by Robert Wise, with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker.   Learn More

12NOON - 6PM  |  Paramount Pop-Ups  |  Black Box/Mainstage  |  FREE
Ten short plays by celebrated Boston-based playwrights, directed and performed by members of the Performing Arts department at Emerson. Featuring the work of John Oluwole ADEkoje, Andrew Clarke, Larry Coen, John Kuntz, Jack Neary, Ronan Noone, Masha Obolensky, Jacqui Parker, Kate Snodgrass, and Joyce Van Dyke.

2PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+
The playfully brilliant Doug Elkins merges modern and popular dance forms to reinvent Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as an edgy yet fun-loving sing-along cabaret romp.    Buy Tickets

3PM  |  The Sound Of Music  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  FREE
See 10AM for details.   Learn More

3PM  |  THE LARAMIE PROJECT (original)  |  Cutler Majestic Theatre  |  Tickets $15+
This groundbreaking work chronicles life in Laramie, Wyoming in the year following Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder. Widely recognized as “as a model for a way of speaking tough truths and listening respectfully” – New York Times     Buy Tickets

7:30PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+
See 2PM for details.

Appx. 6PM  |  Dine & Discuss: The Laramie Project  |  Local Restaurants  |  FREE (dinner costs apply)
Seeing The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later in one day? In between performances, have dinner and join a facilitated discussion about the production. By making a reservation in our Dine and Discuss program, you can join fellow audience members and a special guest who will facilitate the discussion. Please note that participants are responsible for the cost of their meal and purchasing tickets to the related performance. Please visit the Laramie Residency event page and click "Extras" for details.

6:30PM  | While the City Sleeps and Historie(s) du Cinéma: Toutes les Histoires  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  Tickets $10
Saturday evening's program traces a three-part trail of influence and homage. We begin with the underrated film Fritz Lang regarded as his personal favorite: While the City Sleeps - unavailable on home video and screened here in a rare RKO Superscope print.

Lang's cinematic depictions of humanity's darkest shadows run like a thread throughout Toutes les Histoires, part one of Jean-Luc Godard's epic Histoire(s) du Cinema, a magnum opus produced over ten years for French television and never before screened in its entirety in the Boston area. This screening marks the beginning of our ongoing presentation of Histoire(s)   Buy Tickets

8PM  | WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE - THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER  |  Cutler Majestic Theatre  |  Tickets $15+
Performed by the original cast and creators. Ten years later, the original team from Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to interview the same people and discover how Laramie has changed: politically, socially, religiously and educationally. The new interviews have been crafted into an Epilogue to the original.   Buy Tickets

9PM - midnight  |  OPENING PARTY at ArtsEmerson with DJ John Berara and PPALMM  |  Black Box  |  FREE to Members
It's time to party! Join the ArtsEmerson community and the casts and crews as we dance the night away and celebrate the kickoff of our inaugural season. Featuring DJ John Berara and PPALMM. Learn More

9:30PM  |  En Attendant Godard  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  Tickets $10
Northeast premiere! Playfully romping from Belmondo impersonations to street interviews (British pedestrians along London's South Bank are queried, "Have you heard of Jean-Luc Godard? Have you seen any of his films?") to recreations of Contempt's pillow talk, En Attendant Godard is at turns clever, mischievous, and reverential. Learn More


Sunday, September 26


1PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+

The playfully brilliant Doug Elkins merges modern and popular dance forms to reinvent Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as an edgy yet fun-loving sing-along cabaret romp. Buy Tickets

2PM  |  THE LARAMIE PROJECT (original)  |  Cutler Majestic Theatre  |  Tickets $15+
This groundbreaking work chronicles life in Laramie, Wyoming in the year following Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder. Widely recognized as “as a model for a way of speaking tough truths and listening respectfully” – New York Times     Buy Tickets

5PM  |  FRAULEIN MARIA  |  Paramount Mainstage  |  Tickets $25+
See 1PM for details.

Appx. 5PM  |  Dine & Discuss: The Laramie Project  |  Local Restaurants  |  FREE (dinner costs apply)
Seeing The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later in one day? In between performances, have dinner and join a facilitated discussion about the production. By making a reservation in our Dine and Discuss program, you can join fellow audience members and a special guest who will facilitate the discussion. Please note that participants are responsible for the cost of their meal and purchasing tickets to the related performance. Please visit the Laramie Residency event page and click "Extras" for details.

7PM  | THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER  |  Cutler Majestic Theatre  |  Tickets $15+
Performed by the original cast and creators. Ten years later, the original team from Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to interview the same people and discover how Laramie has changed: politically, socially, religiously and educationally. The new interviews have been crafted into an Epilogue to the original.    Buy Tickets

6:30PM  | While the City Sleeps  |  Bright Family Screening Room  |  Tickets $10
Lang’s penultimate American film is noir, newspaper picture and serial killer thriller—a grim vision of 1950s American anxiety and modern media’s terrorizing influence.    Buy Tickets

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