Get Close to the Original
By Jared Bowen
BOSTON — Arts around town this weekend let audiences take a closer look at the personal life of Gershwin, consider the mythology behind the Alien flm series or celebrate the life of one woman who has made it her calling to bring theater to underserved communities.
George Gershwin Alone
Presented by ArtsEmerson
At the Paramount Center
Through June 10
Steinway concert artist, composer and actor Hershey Felder spent five years researching the life of George Gershwin. Based upon Gershwin’s personal correspondences, manuscripts and personal belongings, Felder presents a one-man show that brings Gershwin to life. Drawing on old radio archives to recreate Gershwin’s voice and using songs, letters and conversations, Felder re-creates the life and times of the great American composer.
Opens in movie theaters Friday
Ridley Scott is the director who brought you Alien and Blade Runner, and now he returns to the film genre he helped define. Prometheus establishes a mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Sci-fi geeks will certainly be pleased to find that all the anticipated ties to Scott's Alien series are there.
Wheelock Family Theatre Honors Susan Kosoff
On June 11th, the Wheelock presents a benefit: A Salute to the Wonderful Wizard of Wheelock Family Theatre, honoring founder and producer Susan Kosoff on her retirement after 32 years. Kosoff envisioned theatre as a way to eliminate the barriers of race, age, class and gender that tend to separate and isolate people from one another. WFT was one of the first theaters in the country to audio-describe productions for patrons who are blind and the first to open-caption all performances for patrons who are hard of hearing. WFT was instrumental in introducing these services and new technologies to other professional theatres in Boston.
Proceeds from the evening will help to establish the Susan Kosoff Legacy Fund to subsidize tickets, Education Program scholarships and more inclusion of inner-city children and families.