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Franklin Stage Company kicks off season with Jim Mullen 7/9, 11
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Franklin Stage Company kicks off season with Jim Mullen 7/9, 11
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Friday, July 9, 8pm
Sunday, July 11, 3:30pm

Franklin Stage Company
Chapel Hall
25 Institute Street
Franklin, NY 13775

Website: www.franklinstagecompany.org

JIM MULLEN KICKS OFF SUMMER OF PERFORMANCES AT CHAPEL HALL:
Franklin Stage Company hosting an exciting roster of events

The Franklin Stage Company announces its 14th season in Chapel Hall. As always, FSC is Admission Free (donations gratefully accepted). Although known for its innovative, professional productions of classical plays, during 2010 FSC will instead present a series of afternoon and evening performances representing various arts disciplines. "While I'm looking forward to mounting theatre productions again in 2011, assembling this season has been inspiring," says FSC Executive Director Carmela Marner. First up, raconteur Jim Mullen returns to delight audiences at Chapel Hall with his brand new show THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DELAWARE COUNTY on Friday July 9 at 8pm and again on Sunday July 11 at 3:30. "We're always thrilled to welcome Jim back," says Marner. "Especially when FSC is presenting a different sort of season, it's great to start off with such a beloved familiar face!" During this same opening weekend, on Saturday July 10 and Sunday July 11 from 10am-5pm, artworks by Charlie Bremer and Edmond Rinnooy Kan will be on exhibit in Chapel Hall as part of the 15th Annual Treadwell Stagecoach Art Run.

On Saturday July 17 at 8pm radio's famed Prairie Home Companion violinist Andy Stein will perform HOT JAZZ, SWEET MELODIES, with guitarist Matt Munisteri and Linc Milliman on Bass, in a program of early Jazz sprinkled with Stein's trademark humorous anecdotal background and entertaining personal slant on jazz history. Stein's violin style shows off his classical roots and a certain gypsy influence. "It's a coup to have Andy Stein playing here," says Marner. "He's a remarkable musician, often compared to Stephane Grapelli, and with Munisteri and Milliman playing with him, it's sure to be a superb evening."

On July 23 at 8pm, on the Franklin Central School playing field, FSC hosts the extraordinary Mettawee River Theatre Company's thrilling 35th Anniversary production of THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, an Iroquois creation story vividly told with puppetry, masks and live music. Audiences are invited to bring their own picnic to the playing field, also known as the school flat, from 5pm. Members of the Franklin Rotary Club will be on hand selling desserts and coffee as they do at all FSC presentations.

FSC throws its own trademark spices into the mix on Sunday August 1 at 4pm with a rehearsed reading of T.S. Eliot's electrifying comedy THE COCKTAIL PARTY, a remarkable play written in verse, directed by Patricia Buckley and featuring a wealth of FSC regulars. On Sunday August 22 at 5pm Central New York Radio personality and professional storyteller "Big Chuck" D'Imperio will entertain with his hilarious and poignant SIDNEY STORIES: MY TOWN IS A CATHEDRAL. On the evening of Old Franklin Day, August 28th at 8pm, the lauded choreographer, dancer and video artist Pooh Kaye curates and performs in what promises to be a mesmerizing evening of dance and multi-disciplinary arts, featuring invited guest artists.

On Labor Day weekend, FSC provides balm for the end-of-summer blues. Jazz singer, songwriter, actor Julian Fleisher offers a sensational musical evening with his band on Saturday September 4th at 8pm. Praised by the LA Times as "a New York nightclub supernova," Fleisher, who is known to FSC audiences for his performances in A Midsummer Night's Dream and What the Butler Saw, will sing from his signature repertoire of witty and soulful classics and original songs.

But summer won't be over at FSC yet. On Saturday September 18 at 8pm and again on Sunday September 19 at 2pm, Tom Morgan, who made his dynamic and touching debut at FSC in 2009 with his autobiographical solo play TALES FROM THE EMPIRE, will perform his eagerly awaited sequel, MORE TALES FROM THE EMPIRE. Morgan, whose family owned the Empire Hotel in Gilbertsville for many years, portrays fascinating characters and shares poignant recollections from the family's time there.

FSC engages further with the community by hosting the Franklin Farmers' Market every Sunday from 10am-2pm through Columbus Day weekend. During the market, on Sunday August 29, the classical woodwind quintet Mosaic Winds will play inside Chapel Hall at 12:30 and at 1:30. "We think the music and the market enhance one another," says Marner, "and I'm especially happy to present this superb quintet of professional musicians because the clarinetist is Franklin Central School's band teacher Carol Smith."

This is Franklin Stage Company's 14th season. Since 1997, FSC has presented inventive and vibrant renditions of classical plays and new works to a total audience in the tens of thousands. The company is proud to contribute to the growth of the arts in the Western Catskills, and continues to be supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. The 2010 performances are also made possible by a grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation of Hobart, NY.

FSC was founded on the principle that great theatre should be available to all, and remains Admission Free, with donations gratefully accepted at the door. FSC is located in Chapel Hall at 25 Institute Street in Franklin, opposite Franklin Central School. Reservations are recommended and can be obtained by calling 607-829-3700 or via email: reserve@franklinstagecompany.org.