Play: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well & Living In Paris

The poster
The poster

May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th at 8 p.m.
May 4th at 2 p.m.

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road in Darien

The famous French singer-songwriter Jacques Brel would have been 85 years old this month. To celebrate his life and talent, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, a show described as a cabaret style revue, will be performed for two weekends in the DAC Weatherstone Studio in May. 

Each song is a story unto itself and woven together to shape the fabric of the human experience and a full range of emotions. Some songs will make you laugh; some will make you cry and all will make you think. The Belgian born, French resident, Jacques Brel, wrote the original music and lyrics and they were translated and adapted for English speaking audiences by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman. It is being presented with special permission by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Learn more and purchase tickets

Darien Collectors' Car Show

This 1961 356 Porsche Roadster will be in the 2014 Darien Collectors’ Car Show. The car  won the “People's Choice” award at the first show seven years ago. (c)AutoPhotos 2012, Ed Hyman
This 1961 356 Porsche Roadster will be in the 2014 Darien Collectors’ Car Show. The car won the “People's Choice” award at the first show seven years ago. (c)AutoPhotos 2012, Ed Hyman

The 9th Annual Darien Collector’s Car Show will be held at Tilley Pond Park at the corner of Lakeside and West Avenues in Darien, CT, on Father’s Day, June 15th, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Over 120 premium vintage and modern, high-performance cars will be on display. All ages welcome for this fun Father’s Day event. Admission is $5.00. Children under 6 are free. The Darien Lion’s Club will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Free parking available in the commuter parking lots. The rain date is June 22nd. More information at: dariencollectorscarshow.com and tel: 203-912-8720. All net proceeds will benefit At Home in Darien, a nonprofit 501(c)3, which helps Darien seniors remain in their homes and community as they age.

Show sponsors are: Darien BMW, Collectors Car Garage in Bedford Hills, GPNY in Mt Kisco and Automotive Restorations Inc. in Stratford.

March 2014 Local Theatre Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the Marchedition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre. This month's shows are:

Read Gaylinn's reviews.

  • "Ragtime" at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Plays till May 4th
  • "400 Miles" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till March 16th

Romantic Comedy Opens This Weekend

Sarah and Joe rehearsing.
Sarah and Joe rehearsing.

Friday, March 14, 21, 28 at 8 pm

Saturday, March 15, 22, 29 at 8 pm

Sunday, March 16 and 23 at 2 pm

Sirens, a comedy about marriage written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, opens this weekend through Darien Arts Center Stage on Friday, March 14th at 8 pm.  It tells the story of a husband’s reawakening as he struggles with a mid-life and mid-marriage crisis through the process of celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. With both wise and funny dialogue, the characters ring true and strike a chord for anyone who has been in a relationship that has stood the test of time. This play was acknowledged as “the Festival’s smash hit” at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays and has never before been produced in this area.

It is being directed by Carin Zakes, who has an established reputation for excellence with the support of Mario Fuentes as Assistant Director and Maggie Pangrazio as Producer. Regina Elliott, James Kamensky, Joseph Maker and Sarah Smegal provide the acting talent with zeal and professionalism.

Performances will be held at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, behind town hall at 2 Renshaw Road on Friday and Saturday March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8 pm and on Sunday, March 16 and 23 at 2 pm.  On Saturday, March 15, the cast and director will offer an informal “talk back” after the show.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going online at Darienarts.org or by calling the box office at 203-655-5414.

DAC Stage Audition for Sirens

Picture yourself on stage!
Picture yourself on stage!

DAC Stage will hold auditions for Sirens, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, on January 7 and 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the DAC Visual Arts Studio at 2 Renshaw Road. Call backs, if required, will be held on January 9th at 7:00 p.m. Carin Zakes to direct.

Play Description

This delightful new play was a hit at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American plays as it explores the poignancy of a once passionate relationship that has lost its sizzle. When Sam fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song that has been covered by every recording artist and translated to every language. And for twenty-five years, Sam has been looking for the creative spark that this first flush of love had inspired in him – to no avail. And while on a cruise to celebrate the anniversary of their marriage, Sam hears the most sublime music ever heard, jumps overboard, and winds up with a Siren. And there on her island he must struggle with the terrors of middle age, the tortures of creative failure, and the desire to live in his past rather than face his uncertain future. And he must find a way to get home and win his wife back. You can find more information about the play at http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2254/sirens

The cast will consist of:

  • Rose, in her 40s or 50s
  • Sam, in his 40s or 50s
  • The Siren, in her 20s, who also plays waitress and a travel agent and is a contemporary version of mythical siren
  • Richard, a man in his 20s who will play a man in his 40s to 50s

During the audition you will be asked to read scenes from the play. Sides will be provided.

Performances Dates

March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m.

March 16 & 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

The Gift of the Bird Feeder

Find it outside the Holds' area window.
Find it outside the Holds' area window.

This lovely bird feeder is a gift to the Library from Joe and Patty Warren of Wild Birds Unlimited. We're so thankful for this generous gift. Barbara of Readers' Advisory says we'll need to wait a week or so before we'll see birds visiting it.

To see the bird feeder, either come in through the Post Road entrance to the Library and look to the right. Or go into the Holds area behind the Welcome Desk. The bird feeder is visible outside the window. 

What kind of birds do you think we'll see at it this winter? 

December 2013 Local Theatre Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the December 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre. This month's shows are:

Read Gaylinn's reviews.

  • "White Christmas" at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Plays till January 5th
  • Preview: "Fences" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till December 22nd
  • "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" at Yale Repertory Theatre. Plays till December 21st

Amnesty International Meeting: November 2013

Logo of Amnesty International
Logo of Amnesty International

Monday, November 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In the Writer's Room

Free and open to the public. The Noble Peace Prize award-winning organization has a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us and take action for a better world. For more information about Amnesty International please visit www.amnestyusa.org. For more information about our local chapter and meeting, call John at 203.218.4504.

November 2013 Local Theatre Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the November 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre. This month's shows are:

  • "Master Class" at Music Threater of Connecticut (MTC). Plays till November 17th
  • "The Underpants" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till November 10th
  • "MacBeth" at Hartford Stage. Plays till November 10th
  • "Mrs. Mannerly" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till November 17th

Read Gaylinn's reviews.

Frank Mastrone at Darien Arts Center

Frank Mastrone
Frank Mastrone

Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 p.m.
2 Renshaw Road, Darien CT 06820

With over 20 years of professional experience performing on Broadway, Frank Mastrone brings his talents to the Darien Arts Center. Known for his charismatic style, Mastrone weaves music and storytelling bridging his life on Broadway with his role as a family man in Connecticut.

Mastrone has been a professional performer since graduating from Central Connecticut State College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and directing.  His first big break was joining the first national tour of Cats as "Gus: The Theatre Cat".  When he returned, he was cast in the original company of The Phantom Of The Opera in which he has performed over 4,000 times over the past 25 years. He was on Broadway in Les Miserables as Jean Val Jean, in Jekyll and Hyde in the title role, in the stage version of Saturday Night Fever as Mr. Fusco, and "the paint store guy" in Big: The Musical. He has traveled the country in shows like Evita, Les Miserables, and Mamma Mia!

Mastrone has presented Meet The Artist programs for Lincoln Center and has taught master classes and workshops for Broadway Backstage, Field Studies of NY, and currently at the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio. The Darien Arts Center is proud to have him perform in the DAC Weatherstone Studio for an intimate evening of music.

Tickets for his one night performance on November 16th are $30 per person, $25 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to arts.darien.org or call the DAC box office at (203) 655-5414.

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