Edison Theatre’s Ovations series serves both Washington University in St. Louis and the surrounding community by providing the highest caliber national and international artists in music, dance and theater, performing new works as well as innovative interpretations of classical material that will challenge, educate and inspire your creativity.
An Evening with Judy Collins
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m.
560 Music Center
Join us for a special evening with Judy Collins, benefiting the Edison Educational Endowment!
Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes. Her version of Send in the Clowns, won Song of the Year at the Grammy® Awards and her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now has been entered into the Grammy® Hall of Fame. Collins eclectic sound transcends rock, pop, folk and show tunes. Her impressive musical career includes an extensive catalog from every decade for the last 50 years. She's had 14 singles on the charts with four reaching the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. She has appeared in nine films and authored seven books.
The Edison Educational Endowment funds education programs such as subsidizing tickets for area students to attend field trip performances, providing transportation costs for area schools to FT performances, workshops for students, community masterclasses, discussions and more.
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AnDa Union website
Sunday, October 20, 7 p.m.
A breakthrough hit at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, AnDa Union is part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in the old and forgotten. Self-described music gatherers, these young Mongolians from Hohhot, China dig deep into Mongol traditions and draw their musical inspiration from a repertoire of magical music that had all but disappeared. Holding on to the essence of Mongolian music while creating a form of new music, AnDa Union performs with indigenous instruments-the morin huur (horse head fiddle), the maodun chaoer (a three-holed flute), Mongolian versions of the lute, and the mouth harp and traditional throat singing-combining different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Monglolia.
Adapted, directed and performed by Stephen Lang
From the book by Larry Smith
Saturday, November 16, 8 p.m.
Award-winning playwright and actor Stephen Lang brings the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and renders their first-hand accounts of valor for which they received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Best known for his film portrayals of Babe Ruth, Stonewall Jackson and most recently as AVATAR's Col. Quaritch. Lang's stage adaptation of Beyond Glory offers a stirring examination of the lives of our military heroes.
"Mr. Lang's one-man play is no simple-minded piece of flag-waving. It is an unsparingly direct portrait of men at war, pushed into narrow corners and faced with hard choices. It is also one of the richest, most complex pieces of acting I've seen in my theatergoing life."
-Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m.
Argentina's gauchos are the equivalent of the North American cowboys. Since the 1600s, the malambo has been their solo and competitive dance expression, performed exclusively by men. Primal energy and diabolic rhythms surge from intricate foot stomping accompanied by drums and guitar. French ballet choreographer Gilles Brina has created a theatrical showcase that shows the fire and fury of this ancient tradition. Through unrivaled dexterity and incomparable athleticism, Che Malambo will leave you astounded and exhausted.
The Wonderbread Years
Friday, January 24, 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m.
A salute to the Baby Boomer generation, The Wonder Bread Years invites you on a field-trip back to your childhood. No permission slips required! Starring Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell, The Wonder Bread Years is a fast paced, hilarity that walks the line between stand up and theater. It was all about Kool-Aid, jiffy pop, twinkies, slinkies, twister and getting in trouble! The show hearkens back to the 1960’s & ‘70’s and takes a look back on the food, toys, holiday customs, commercials, and TV shows of that amazing era. Manwich, Spam, the kid’s table, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, milk money, Dilly Bars, road trips in the way-back seat of the family station wagon—these are just a few of the slices of Americana that will be served up! Named by Showtime as “one of the funniest people in America”, Pat Hazell is a veteran of The Tonight Show, a critically-acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator on National Public Radio.
"This show has my funny seal of approval!"
Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb
Thanks for the Joy
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m.
560 Music Center
Longtime friends and collaborators, Ruthie Foster and Eric Bibb are at the forefront of the new generation of blues and soul. Grammy© nominee Ruthie Foster blends gospel conviction with R&B and her vocal abilities have been compared to both Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Her music is a creative hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music—rich with honest emotion. The godson of Paul Robeson, the nephew of John Lewis, and the son of Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb was born to sing the blues. He got his first steel-string guitar at age 7, and the music has consumed him since. Bibb’s earthy voice and finger-style guitar have drawn comparisons to Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker and he offers an authentic new voice to old blues forms.
Motionhouse Dance Theatre
Friday, March 21, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m.
Scattered delves deep into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives. This award winning company from the UK pushes the boundaries of physical dexterity, melding physical dance theatre, mesmerizing aerial imagery, and pulsating visual projections. A huge curved structure serves as floor, walls, and projection screen for a water world in which the dancers move in, on, and through.
"The effect is propulsively kinetic and visual… the quicksilver cast never stop moving...dazzling"
The Intergalactic Nemesis
Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
In 2011, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth took over Edison with over 1250 individually hand drawn, blow-your-mind comic book images following the adventures of Molly, Timmy and Ben as they fought to save the world from sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. Now, the adventure continues with Book Two: Robot Planet Rising. The year is 1933. When the robot emissary Elbee-Dee-Oh disappears in deep space, it's up to Molly Sloan to rescue him. If only it were that simple. Because at that same time, and unbeknownst to her, her former fiance Dr. Lawrence Webster has miraculously arrived on Robonovia, the Cerebretron is malfunctioning, Timmy has only just begun to master his telekinetic powers, a sinister robot named Alphatron is up to something terribly nefarious, and the duplicitous Soviet spy Natasha Zorokov has followed Dr. Webster through the Galactascope. Will it all get sorted out? Or is there another, more evil, thread to this complex tapestry?
In this Live-Action Graphic Novel three actors play all the roles, a keyboardist performs the score and a foley artist creates all the sound effects while panel after panel of graphic images are projected on video screen, transporting us all to a different reality. LIVE.
Don't miss this chance to relive Book One and follow the adventure with Book Two!