Flock in the News

2016


Flock Theatre Education programs a topic of conversation at the Southeastern Cultural Coalition’s Rising Tide Cultural Summit, “Connecting to the Curriculum”:

Connecting Arts Organizations to Schools

By Kristina Dorsey; Published February 24, 2016 12:01AM by The New London Day

…The panelists spoke about their organizations, which ranged from school districts to LEARN to the Connecticut State Board of Education, and they answered questions that people submitted online and those that they asked during the session.

One query was about how an arts group can move from doing a single performance or project with a school to having a larger, more ongoing relationship. Among the ideas: Talk to someone you have a personal connection to — a teacher, for instance — and build from there.

Some school systems have a specific person on staff whom arts presenters can contact. Two of them — Kate Fioravanti, district arts supervisor for the New London Public Schools, and Kaitlyn O’Leary, director of strategic initiatives for the Norwich Public Schools — were members of the panel. Fioravanti said that some organizations will come in to talk with teachers about a potential project and co-plan it with them — Flock Theatre of New London, she noted, has done that.

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Flock Theatre honored with New London Landmarks Award

Published February 18. 2016 12:14PM by The New London Day

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The announcement of this award reads:

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Flock Theatre will be this year’s recipient of the Clifford Stone Award. Clifford Stone grew up in New London and attended Connecticut College. He was unhappy with urban renewal in the city and wrote about it in “The Great Sunflower” in 1976. It was fiction but refers to New London in many ways. Mr. Stone also served on the board of New London Landmarks in its early days.

The Clifford Stone Award is given to individuals or organizations/architects who have contributed to the field of historic preservation whether it was through architectural restoration, advocacy and/or educational means. We believe that Flock Theatre is a leader in preservation through its performance pieces that focus on history and heritage of New London such as The Holly & the Ivy, Jibboom Club Parade, and Burning of Benedict Arnold. Plus, your ongoing partnerships with New London Landmarks is commendable and very much appreciated.”


“Arsenic and Old Lace,” being staged by Flock, was spurred by a true crime story

By Kristina Dorsey; Published February 10. 2016 3:30PM, Updated February 10. 2016 10:33PM by The New London Day

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Here’s a based-on-a-true-story fact that you might not know: the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace,” about little old ladies who poison little old men, was inspired by an actual case in Windsor, Connecticut.

Amy Archer-Gilligan, who lived in Windsor in the early 1900s, poisoned the food of some of her elderly boarders for their pensions. She did in one of her husbands, too. Exactly how many fell to Archer-Gilligan’s wicked ways isn’t certain, although some investigators thought it could be dozens. She was sentenced in 1919 to life in prison and was moved five years later to a state psychiatric hospital, where she died in 1962 at age 93.

Playwright Joseph Kesselring took the kernel of all that and transformed it into a stage work. According to legend, he was going to make it a drama before producers convinced him it would work as a comedy. In any case, the result is a dark comedy about two spinster aunts poisoning the elderberry wine of lonely old men. That 1941 play and Frank Capra’s 1944 film adaptation starring Cary Grant became beloved pieces.

Flock Theatre Artistic Director Derron Wood knew of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” of course, but it was just recently that he learned that it was based on a Connecticut story.

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2015


Flock Theatre featured in The Day’s

Favorite concerts and stage shows of 2015

By Day staff writers; Published December 28. 2015 12:01AM, Updated December 29. 2015 12:30PM by The New London Day

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

Flock Theatre at the Shaw Mansion, New London; February

Flock’s shows inside the historic Shaw Mansion are always a midwinter treat, but “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” is one of its best productions there — which is saying something.

— Kristina Dorsey 


Announcement:

It is with heavy hearts that Flock Theatre acknowledges the passing of Trix Bodde, one of our most loyal audience members. Trix was an avid supporter of the arts in our community and rarely missed a performance. We send our thanks and love to her and her family.

“But be contented when that fell arrest
Without all bail shall carry me away,
My life hath in this line some interest,
Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.
When thou reviewest this, thou dost review
The very part was consecrate to thee:
The earth can have but earth, which is his due;
My spirit is thine, the better part of me:
So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
The prey of worms, my body being dead;
The coward conquest of a wretch’s knife,
Too base of thee to be remembered.
The worth of that is that which it contains,
And that is this, and this with thee remains.”
-Sonnet 74


Norwich traitor’s ‘leg’ delivered back to city in ceremony

By John Penney; Posted Sep. 26, 2015 at 2:25 PM, Updated Sep 26, 2015 at 5:22 PM by The Norwich Bulletin

NORWICH — With pomp, ceremony and a few winks, the “leg” of Benedict Arnold, Norwich’s most infamous son, was delivered back to the city on Saturday as part of an annual event designed to partially burnish the disgraced general’s reputation.

The joint ceremony, the third yearly cooperative effort between the Flock Theatre of New London and Norwich’s Leffingwell House Museum, began at the Norwich harbor, where a burlap-and-leather leg, part of a larger effigy burned during a New London celebration last week, was transported by a 1938 American Ambulance vehicle to the Norwich museum.

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 Going up in flames: The Burning of Benedict Arnold fest returns

By Kristina Dorsey; Published September 16, 2015 by The New London Day

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Take that, Benedict Arnold!

The infamous traitor has been excoriated in the years since he became a Revolutionary War turncoat and ordered the burning of New London on Sept. 6, 1871.

Turnabout is fair play. After that infamous day, folks around here began a tradition of burning Arnold in effigy. Flock Theatre has revived that custom and will host its third annual Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival this weekend in New London.

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Long wait for local production of ‘Long Day’s Journey’

Published July 13, 2015 by The New London Day

Contrary to entertainment dictum, the show doesn’t always go on.

Hurricanes, blizzards, fires, crashing chandeliers and other disasters have all caused the curtain to fall prematurely, fail to rise on schedule or sometimes not come up at all.

Legend has it that the premiere of “Macbeth” was disrupted because an actor was killed by a real dagger mistakenly substituted for a prop, which supposedly prompted a series of mishaps over the centuries involving the Shakespearean tragedy. In fact, superstitious actors cast in present-day productions still refrain from using the title, instead calling it “the Scottish play.”

Here in New London, a much-anticipated production of Eugene O’Neill’s classic drama, “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” has been temporarily done in not by a natural catastrophe or murderous prop, but because of an exclusivity clause demanded by producers of a recently announced Broadway revival.

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 Flock Theatre performs Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”

By Kristina Dorsey; Published July 8, 2015 by The New London Day

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How much violence and death permeate Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”?

“It makes ‘Macbeth’ look like a birthday party,” says Derron Wood, who is directing Flock Theatre’s “Titus Andronicus,” which starts Wednesday, July 15, in the Connecticut College Arboretum.

Nine characters die onstage, and countless more do offstage. Talk about “murder most foul.”

Indeed, “Titus” boasts enough  bloodthirsty revenge to rival “Game of Thrones.”

The 16th-century piece, it is posited, was Shakespeare’s version of the revenge plays that audiences loved at the time. “Titus” was, in fact, popular when it was first performed but lost stature over the years.

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Review : ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Flock Theatre

By Steve Gifford, Published May 28, 2015 by OnStage


‘Night’ moves: Flock Theatre’s ‘Twelfth Night’ travels to four locales

By Kristina Dorsey; Published May 13, 2015 by The New London Day

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Flock names team of Associate Artists 

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Published April 20. 2015 by The New London Day 

“Local professional theatre company Flock Theatre has assembled a team of Associate Artists comprised of regular company actors and crew.

The team members will carry the title of Associate Artist and their duties will include elements of the business such as fundraising, advertising, event planning, promotion, and serving as representatives of Flock Theatre. The team includes nine frequent Flock collaborators: Callie Beaulieu, Tristan Cole, Anne Flammang, Michael Hinton, Alexander Kydd, Elizabeth Malleck, Eric Michaelian, Kristen Rowe and Hannah Schenk.”


 Scheming and romance: Flock stages “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

From http://www.theday.com/stage/20150212/scheming-and-romance-flock-stages-les-liaisons-dangereuses

Published February 12. 2015 by The New London Day

“Flock Theatre refers to it as “the Valentine’s Day slot.” It’s the time around that holiday that the New London-based theater group stages a performance.

This year’s choice is not your average, conventional love story. It’s the Christopher Hampton play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”

Derron Wood, Flock’s artistic director who is directing the production, says it is a love story – “but none of the loves come out the right way.”

“The reason I like it for Valentine’s Day is it’s one of those things that is more about the intrigue of relationships and the wanting of love,” he says. “There’s a lot of humor that comes out of it as well because of the way it’s written. It’s deliciously devilish characters who are fun to play.” ”

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2014


“Butt Kapinski”: Deanna Fleyser’s cracked film-noir comedy

January 24, 2015 Flock Theatre presents Deanna Fleyser’s interactive private-eye comedy “Butt Kapinski” at Dev’s on Bank in New London. Covered by The New London Day.


Flock Theatre presents Halloween production of ‘Macbeth’

October 29-November 2, 2014 Flock Theatre presents its annual production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London. Covered by The New London Day.