Marc Goldhaber, a former Western New Yorker and a 2000 Fredonia State College grad, recently had a challenging role in a multimedia theater piece at the Henry Street Settlement Experimental Theater in New York City. As a tour guide in Kamal Sinclair Steele's "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome," Goldhaber played an early 18th century slave owner named William Lynch. Lynch was the man who would advise Virginia slave owners on how to control their "property." In creating this unsavory character, Goldhaber had to convincingly outline such horrendous psychological tactics as "keep the body and take the mind" and "break them from one form of mental life to another." Anita Gates, in a New York Times review of the performance earlier this month, wrote that Goldhaber's portrayal of the odious Lynch was "most memorable."
The first production of the new season at Pandora's Box Theatre Company will be Jane Martin's monologues by and about women called "Talking With." The women of the play are all grappling with life-altering events. How they respond to their rather dire situations sometimes makes for riotous or bittersweet comedy or wildly skewed takes on the world, and other times for some very emotional theater. In the cast are Mary Moebius, Pamela Rose Mangus, Joyce Stilson, Lisa Vitrano and Lorraine O'Donnell Gray, among others. Cast member Leah Zicari will also perform the accompanying music. The production will be held in Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., beginning 7 p.m. Sunday and will continue Sunday nights through Nov. 11. For tickets, call 852-2600.
Pandora's Box is looking for hand-embellished boxes to auction off at a fund-raiser for the company. Interested artists have until Oct. 15 to indicate that they will submit a box, with the finished piece due by Dec. 17. For a prospectus and registration form, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Pandora's Box Theatre Company, Box Auction, One Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202-1911.
-- Richard Huntington