We remain horrified at the hate crime and massacre that occurred at Tops on Jefferson Avenue on Saturday. It is sickening that racism is alive and well in our country and community, and we recognize the long history of segregation in the City of Buffalo that led to the East Side becoming a food desert, and consequently following Saturday’s attack, leaves many in need of immediate assistance.
ICTC will be accepting non-perishable food donations during regular Box Office hours (10-5 Monday-Tuesday, 12-8 Wednesday-Friday) at The Andrews Theatre at 625 Main Street, and in addition, at all of our upcoming performances of The Onion Game which runs June 3-26. The most currently requested items are laundry supplies, diapers and pull-ups (all sizes), household cleaning supplies, baby wipes, single-package toilet paper, and paper towels.
We’d like to share the following action items set up to assist our friends and neighbors in their time of need. We will update this list in the coming days and weeks:
- FeedMore WNY is accepting food donations at 91 Holt St. and accepting monetary donations here: https://www.feedmorewny.org/donate/
- Buffalo Community Fridge is accepting food donations at 257 E. Ferry Street of the following items: fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, laundry supplies, diapers and pull-ups (all sizes), household cleaning supplies, baby wipes, single-package toilet paper, and paper towels, in addition to all other fresh and non-perishable items.
- Black Love Resists in the Rust is accepting monetary donations to go toward the longer-term food access and mental health support fund for those affected by the shooting: https://donate-usa.keela.co/mental-health-and-food-support
- Rooted in Love is working to provide fresh produce, non-perishable items, and personal hygiene products to residents in the community: https://rootedinloveinc.com/donate-to-our-cause/
- Other organizations accepting donations include WNY Mobile Overdose Prevention Services and Colored Girls Bike Too.
Below is a list of additional resources for those who may be in need:
- Crisis Services counselors are available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion on Monday at 1100 Jefferson Ave. Crisis Services 24-Hour hotline is 716-834-3131.
- Food will be available at the Resource Center at 347 East Ferry in Buffalo from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until at least Friday, May 27.
- Buffalo residents in the zip codes 14208 and 14209 who need help getting to and from a local grocery store can receive a free ride up to $20. The free ride applies to two local grocery stores: Tops Friendly Markets (425 Niagara Street, Buffalo) and Price Rite (250 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo). Those using Lyft can use the code ‘BuffaloLyftUp’ in the Lyft app to get their free ride.
- Victims’ families have an access compensation program available from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office with the New York State Office of Victim Services. For more information, you can call (716) 858-2400.
We encourage you to join us in following these accounts on social media to stay up-to-date on how we can continue helping this community in the coming weeks and months.
If you have any additional information about how to help the victims, their friends and families and the residents of the East Side of Buffalo, please let us know so we can share on our platforms.
In Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Stage Kiss,” two actors named only “He” and “She,” are former lovers who went through a bitter breakup years ago. Now, they unexpectedly find themselves cast as a couple who had gone through a bitter breakup years ago. Tawdry life comically imitates hackneyed art when they fall in love all over again. She decides to abandon her husband and daughter and runs off to live with He in his slovenly apartment.
Read Anthony Chase’s full review in The Buffalo News here.
THE BASICS: STAGE KISS, a comedy by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, starring Tracie Lane and Guy Balotine, part of a talented cast of seven, opened on March 27 and runs through April 24, Wednesdays – Friday at 7:30, 3:00 Saturdays (matinees only) and 2:00 Sundays, produced by the Irish Classical Theatre Company in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street Buffalo NY 14203. Irishclassical.com (716) 853-ICTC (4282). Special ASL interpreted show April 20 at 7:30. Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission (bar closed during Covid).
Read the full review from Buffalo Rising here.
Is a kiss ever just a kiss? Does every kiss have meaning? Can a kiss in the present be so charged that it propels the couple into a shared past so passionate and painful that all the time in between feels like a dream? What about funny kisses? Bizarre kisses? And most importantly for the show now at ICTC, what about stage kisses?
In the delicious backstage comedy by Sarah Ruhl, those questions are part and parcel of the very entertaining Stage Kiss. Ms. Ruhl has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her writing here is sharp, crisp, and very funny, with warmth and intelligence thrown in for good measure.
Read the full review here.
The Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC) is delighted to announce the debut of its Cultural Classics Exchange Series, a free reading Series of plays and lore, connecting WNY cultures through the lenses of the dramatic and language arts. What started as a mission to find new ways for the company to become more engaged in the community and become more familiar with stories from other cultures, has led to this groundbreaking series that will also include speaker-led discussions to foster understanding and inclusion of cultures throughout the region.
Read the full article from Buffalo Rising here.
After a near two year absence, live audiences have returned to Irish Classical Theatre. And the production that inaugurated the company is back again, nestled into it’s home stage, which may never have been dreamt of 30 years ago. Irishman Samuel Beckett‘s WAITING FOR GODOT is on the boards and audiences can once again ponder it’s genius and complexity. Written in French in 1953 and later translated into English by Beckett himself, GODOT is undoubtedly one of his most produced and debated pieces.
Read the full review here.
In many ways, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” is the signature play of Irish Classical Theatre Company. This is the script that introduced brothers Chris and Vincent O’Neill to Buffalo more than 30 years ago. Its success inspired their decision to establish an Irish theater here. Bronze sculptures of scenes from the play adorn the theater lobby, the way stained-glass windows representing scenes from the Bible adorn a church.
Read the full review here.
Existential angst and sly comedy are on full display at the Andrews Theatre in ICTC’s brilliant production of the Samuel Beckett classic absurdist play, Waiting for Godot, “the vehicle for the Brothers O’Neill coming to Buffalo and putting down roots more than 30 years ago”, according to the Director’s Notes by Kate LoConti Alcocer, ICTC’s Executive Artistic Director.
Read the full review here.
THE BASICS: The (Irish Classical Theatre Company) ICTC is back with live theater (at last!) with this Andrews Theatre mounting of Samuel Beckett’s 1952 Absurdist classic. Performances continue weekends through February 13. Josephine Hogan directs a cast of five. The show, with its single intermission, runs approximately two hours and ten minutes.
Read the full article here.
Anna Krempholtz. Photo by Mark Duggan/Nickel City Headshots
I am often told I wear a lot of hats, and my work at the Irish Classical Theatre Company is no exception. Helping bring life to productions as an Actress, Fight Captain, and Scenic Artist, I am grateful to have spent so much time under the work lights of The Andrews Theatre. All of these creative experiences have greatly contributed to my journey in the Arts.
The first time the stage lights rose on ICTC’s production of Design for Living, I had to contain myself. Sensing an audience that close to me for the first time was exhilarating! I had never felt so exposed and vulnerable on stage. It was a humbling experience that has become one of the most memorable moments of my career.
Performing at ICTC has also informed my work as a Fight Choreographer. I’ve learned so much from watching other Choreographers’ work, running fight calls as Fight Captain, and performing combat scenes as Ophelia in Hamlet and Annabella in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The arena setting presents different challenges to Fight Choreography, asking us to be more creative in hiding the mechanics of stage punches, kicks, and stabs. ICTC has also been inspirational in pursuing my work as an Intimacy Director – one who stages physically intimate scenes. Because of The Andrews’ exposed and vulnerable setting, it is all the more important to ensure Actors’ confidence in their storytelling.
As a Scenic Artist, the canvas of ICTC’s stage floor has been instrumental in fostering my career in Scenic Painting, and my journey in becoming a proud union member of IATSE United Scenic Artists 829. Having worked as a Scenic Artist on major productions for Netflix, Disney, HBO, and Saturday Night Live, The Andrews Theatre is still my favorite place to paint. A different kind of artistry is involved in painting at ICTC that combines the techniques of traditional theatrical painting with the realism of trompe l’oeil and scenic art for film. From splintery barnwood, to shining parquet floors, from tiers of blood-red faux leather, to a giant rustic American flag, it is always thrilling to create realistic floor textures on that grand of a scale, transforming the play for the audience and the performers.
I am only one of many artists who considers the Irish Classical Theatre Company an inspiring and life-changing place to work. We all agree we cannot wait to come back. Returning to live performances this Season is exciting news, but will only begin with limited seating capacities. A Broadway house cannot run on half capacity, and neither can our local theatres! ICTC needs the extra push from Patrons and Donors so they can continue producing their inspiring plays. I know these have been extremely difficult times, but I ask that you please consider donating to ICTC so that we may get back to wearing those artistic hats that bring our Community together.