Acting Auditions

Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions
Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions

Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will be holding acting auditions for roles in their public performances. The playwriting workshops will conclude with a public performance at the Library on Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m.

Auditions are open to all. Playwrights are looking for a diverse group of adult actors to play parts meant for those in their late twenties through early eighties. Rehearsals will then take place in May through the performance.

The plays selected for performance are:

An Assignation by Jim Gordon
Belt For It by Lisa Power
Invisible Fence by Terry Steimer
Sometimes I Cry by Nicholas Troilo

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment culminating in the staged readings of short scenes from full-length plays, one-act plays, musicals, and monologues.

Digital Design: Photoshop

Tuesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m.

Registration for this class is full. To add yourself to the waitlist, please email marents@darienlibrary.org

Interested in learning how to edit images, for work or fun? Whether you are a startup, graphic designer, blogger, or editing family photos, Photoshop is the go-to program for image editing.

We will cover:

• Basic Tools
• Lighting
• Color
• Background
• Layers
• Shortcuts
• Formats (saving files)
• and answer any questions

Art on View: Nobuko Miki

Image courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

On display Thursday, March 17th through Monday, May 2nd

Come view the work of Nobuko Miki, modern folk artist. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

Nobu is a native of Tokyo, Japan. She never thought she would be an artist — she graduated with a degree in psychology from Waseda University in Tokyo and then went on to work for a major Japanese cosmetics company to do market research. While she is not classically trained, she always jokes that her psychology background helps her understand what people want to see in a painting.

She first moved to the United States in 1994, soon fell in love with American Folk Art, and started studying decorative painting, a style that makes heavy use of patterns and is painted mostly on wooden surfaces. She didn't speak English very well and had two young sons at the time, but her 75-year-old teacher Rachel Stephans took her under her wing, and they remained very close until Rachel's death 14 years later. 

She moved with her family to Darien, Connecticut in 2003, where she established her art business and her unique Modern Folk Art style. Since then, Nobu has painted scenes of the New England countryside and the towns of Darien and New Canaan in Connecticut. She has designed the cover of the Darien Parks & Recreation Department brochure since 2008, and many local nonprofits have used her works to raise money. She has established herself as one of the most recognizable and beloved artists in Darien.  

Nobu has been commissioned by many to paint house portraits, and in addition, she has launched a line of dog portraits, inspired by her labradoodle, Princess Fiona.

She has two sons, aged 26 and 22.

Digital Design: InDesign

Tuesday, May 10th at 7 p.m.

Register

InDesign, Learn How to Create Your Own LayoutPamphlets, Posters, Business Card Layouts and any Print Based Media
Making the Print Process easier for Startups and getting simple things like Posters done quickly

We will go over the
• Basic Tools
• Page Setup
• Adding Images & Logos
• Type Basics
• Print Settings
• Tool use
• Shortcuts
• and answer any questions

Submit Your Play for the Catherine Lindsey Workshop

Plays must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1st
Submit your play

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Playwrights are invited to submit their final scripts for consideration to the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights contest by March 1st. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee. When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point font. 

Four plays will be selected to be workshopped on Tuesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Interested actors are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the May 22nd program, which will feature four staged performances.

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, May 4th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

Jihad! Conclusion

Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0
Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a four-week introductory class on one of the globe's most fascinating and misunderstood religions.

The evolving Pan-Islamic movement takes the fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Western actions against Libya, the civil war in Syria all contribute to weakening ties and the rise of the Islamic State.

About the presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. In May 2005, Albertson was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 2nd from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 16th from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

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