Deborah Lubar to Kick Off Storytelling Series October 14

LubarActress and playwright Deborah Lubar, shown here as character Rose Solomon, will kick off a storytelling series sponsored by the Offices of Religious Life and Diversity and Inclusion. Lubar's October 14 performance will be preceded by a simple dinner.

What we need now, in theatre and in life, is an honest compassion for real pain, a view of the light which illumines the shadows, and a marriage of humor and strength. Only with these may we approach a vision which brings us to the possibility of transforming the pain and (hopefully) changing our lives.

--Deborah Lubar

In theatre and in life, Deborah Lubar has an honest compassion for real pain. A playwright of extraordinary depth, and an actress of complex ability, she weaves art and healing power together in her one-woman performances. A gift of strength and courage, a gift of passion, humor, and of art awaits each audience member Thursday, October 14, at 6:15 pm, when Deborah Lubar will kick off a storytelling series sponsored by the Offices of Religious Life and Diversity and Inclusion. The performance will be preceded by a simple dinner at 5:30 pm.

Lubar will bring "Rose Solomon and the Baal Shem Tov" (act one of her one-woman play A Story's a Story) to the Eliot House "stage," shining her light on two immigrant women from the Lower East Side of New York City. Revealing the shadows of this neighborhood-- sacred and profane, traditional and unique, in fashion and in heart-- Deborah Lubar marries Rose Solomon, a Polish Jew from the Old World shtetl, and Luigina Ponzini, an Italian Catholic from Southern Italy, as sisters in spirit. Together these women brave culture--old and new--and share humor-- delicious and outrageous--and the art of storytelling.

For Lubar a story is more than just a story. Her work focuses on the connection between healing and performance. Techniques and theory from the arts of theatre and healing engender great character expression, refine the acting instrument, cement creative integrity, and honor the communion between actor and audience. Though now a Vermont resident, Deborah Lubar is a beloved honorary citizen of the Pioneer Valley. Last year, Lubar's performance at Mount Holyoke of Eve's Version, a retelling of the Garden of Eden saga, was well received by the audience. Lubar has taught at college campuses across the country, and she recently took her work to the refugees of Bosnia to teach healing and meditative skills.

"Deborah Lubar is a remarkable performer. I remember reading a review of one of her shows that called her work 'a miracle,' and I would agree," says Dean of Religious Life Andrea Ayvazian. "Multiply talented as both a writer and performer, Deborah gives each audience a gift from her heart at each performance."

RSVP for this event by Wednesday, October 13, either by email to eliot-rsvp or by calling x2054. The storytelling series will continue with Eshu Bumpus December 2.

--article by Gina M. Finocchiaro '01