When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Nikola Tesla comes to life in Syracuse Stage Backstory program
Each spring, Syracuse Stage’s Backstory program tours Central New York, inviting students to step back in time for an interactive experience with a featured historical character portrayed by a Syracuse Stage artist-in-residence. New this year, a Backstory titled “Nikola Tesla: The Forgotten Wizard” portrays an imagined encounter between the legendary wizard Merlin and Tesla, the father of modern electricity, whose discovery of the alternating current is considered one of the 10 greatest inventions of all time.
“Nikola Tesla: The Forgotten Wizard” will be presented at the MOST April 18-22 during spring break week, at 12:30 p.m. each day. Roughly 45 minutes in length, presentations will include a dramatic performance and brief Q-and-A, and are free of charge with admission to the museum. General exhibit hall admission cost is $7 for adults and $6 for children up to age 11 and seniors ages 65+.
Other Backstory presentations touring this month to area schools and community centers include “Anne Frank: My Secret Life,” “Rosalie Randazzo: Child Garment Worker” and “Hip-Shake” (where a modern hip-hop spoken word artists meets an actor from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).
Backstory is supported by Time Warner Cable, Lockheed Martin Federated Fund and Wegmans. For more information on Syracuse Stage’s Backstory program, call (315) 443-1150.