The Story

Put The Community In Community College

 

Since coming to Palomar in 1995, I’ve noticed the paradox that our sprawling community college often lacked a sense of community. It is my passionate belief that The Performing Arts provide a unique forum for building community by bringing people together for a shared experience that opens hearts, minds and eyes. Over the years I have initiated several collaborations to explore those possibilities. The momentum has been building as the community has appreciated these projects and the technology to connect large numbers of people in dialogue has developed. The Performing Hearts Project brings all these efforts together into a multilayered collaboration on the internet, in classrooms across our campus, the community at large and in the intimate setting of our performance venues.

The Performing Hearts Project was sparked when the Palomar College Committee to Combat Hate (PC3H) invited the Theatre Program to present a play that would be relevant to the LGBTQ&A (LesbianGayBi-SexualTransgenderQueer&Allied) community and would contribute to making Palomar an open, welcoming campus. A project was born!  An invitation to dialogue and action.

The culmination of our 2011-12 project year will be a theatre production on an LGBTQ&A theme that will be chosen by a vote from our community.

 The beauty of the project is that it creates opportunities for participation in many levels and scales. Anyone can create a project that relates to our theme. It might be a classroom project that involves only a handful of students. It might involve one person standing on a street corner with a sign. It might be ambitious enough to engage a wide range of students, faculty, staff. community members, classes, committees etc. Make your project. Post pictures, videos or other documentation here on the blog. Get you participants to post comments and dialogue here on the blog.

Let’s put the community in community college.

-Michael Mufson, Professor of Theatre-


Critical Thinking Under Attack

Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 4 comments

Critical Thinking Under Attack

Critical Thinking Under Attack

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Interview with playwright Steven Dietz

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 567 comments

Interview with playwright Steven Dietz

Paragon Springs  Interview of Steven Deitz and William Brown courtesy of www.timelinetheatre.com TimeLine’s Artistic Director PJ Powers [PP] chatted recently with playwright Steven Dietz [SD] and director William Brown [WB] about TimeLine’s production of PARAGON SPRINGS.   [PP] Steven, what inspired you to do an adaptation of Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE?    [SD] I was approached by the Milwaukee Rep. about the adaptation. [Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director] Joe Hanreddy felt it was a timely play and could be given a new, American slant. I agreed and jumped in.   PP] Bill, what first interested you about this play, and why is it a relevant story to be telling now?    [WB] AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE is about tough moral decisions a community has to make – the way a crowd is influenced, the way democracy is shanghaied, the way the media can manipulate a story for popular reasons, the fact that hard choices that a community has to make necessitates sacrifice and you can’t pretend otherwise…and how comfortable it is to go along…how satisfying that is. These are all issues that have currency today. Steven’s play is rooted in Ibsen’s story and with his style of storytelling, yet this adaptation has a distinct American tone.   [PP] Tell me about the choice of setting the play in the Midwest in the 1920s.    [SD]It’s just such a rich and vibrant time – in terms of politics, business, music, exploration. A time when the modern America was being born, and thus a time of great and startling conflict. Plus, even though I spent a great deal of my early career in the Midwest, I had not written about that part of the world as much as I’d like. PARAGON SPRINGS was a chance to do that.   [PP] Bill?    [WB] First of all, I had yet to find a truly satisfying adaptation of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. It seems to me that one of the things that comes up with Ibsen all the time is that it’s really easy for an audience to sit back and say, “Oh that’s the way things were in the 19th century in Scandinavia. It’s easy to distance yourself and not see yourself in the play. I always think, “What’s the point? That doesn’t really affect us.” This play is a disturbing play and a dangerous  play. It articulates ideas that are messy and not easy to come to terms with. What I love about this version is that the town is very familiar to us. It’s Wisconsin – our own backyard. Instead of it happening in some foreign venue, it’s something we know – our friends and neighbors. It makes me laugh that I’m doing this right after directing OUR TOWN [at Writers’ Theatre]. It introduces us to some really terrific people, in a really chummy community, but it goes to the underbelly of it. The 1920s were something of a boom time. It’s certainly the beginning of modern America right after WWI. It’s got one foot in OUR TOWN and one foot in a more modern small town. [PP] The play deals with a changing era of media with the invention of radio. How does the power of the media affect the story?    [SD] There is no longer...

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2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Great Images | 4 comments

2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

Our theme for 2012-13 is “The Right To Think?! Science, Politics and Public Perception.”  Our four theatre productions investigate different aspects of the current American discourse on the relationship between truth and ideology.   In each play, knowledge  provided by science creates personal and social crisis over questions of ethics, morality , politics, economics and the public good. These American landscapes include the issues of industrial waste and pollution, media manipulation in the interest of  economics, the uninformed electorate, abortion and poverty, human communication in the age of technology, and academic freedom and the teaching of evolution. In connection to the productions we are offering a series of Coffee Talks with distinguished panelists and public dialogue over the topics raised by the plays. Make sure to follow this website to get all the...

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Ruminations on Marriage

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 739 comments

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Click the arrow above to listen to this powerful  composition by Palomar Music faculty Madelyn Byrne.  The source material for this composition was over 11 hours of recorded audio interviews with Palomar faculty and staffon the subject of marriage.  Madelyn culled the interviews down and added many layers of music and sound  to create this remarkable  7 minute composition. The composition was presented with live choreography by Molly Faulkner as part of Between The Silence, PerformingHeArts OUT Loud.  ...

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May Day Flyers Half Page

Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Occupy Theatre | 5 comments

May-Day-Half-Page-Titanic – right click and save as to download the pdf version of the flyers in english and spanish      ...

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Amidst the Complexities, Love Transforms: Notes From Bluefish Cove

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 19 comments

Amidst the Complexities, Love Transforms: Notes From Bluefish Cove

Director’s Notes for Last Summer At Bluefish Cove

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Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Connecting Classrooms, Discuss-Debate | 13 comments

Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

This is an example of an extra credit assignment from Bill Jahnel in the Economics, History and Political Science Department

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What does marriage mean to you?

Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 30 comments

What does marriage mean to you?

How do you define marriage? What makes it sacred? If marriage = a loving couple committing to each other for the rest of their lives, who else should be part of the equation? Some people believe a marriage is only valid if done in church by a priest, while others are content to be legally married in a courthouse. Some couples want to have a ceremony to involve all the people they love as witnesses of the solidifying of their union. Some couples already feel committed to their bond but want the law to acknowledge their bond for tax, insurance, and other legal purposes such as having the rights of a family member in emergency matters surrounding their beloveds. What does marriage mean to you, and what could possibly threaten that...

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Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 22 comments

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

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