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The Sixth Act 2015-2016

The Sixth Act is excited to announce its 2015-2016 offerings! Please consider joining us for any or all of these events. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Brandt at <> . We hope to see you in the fall!


Stein Salon
Wednesday, November 4, 2-4 PM, Mercer Gallery
Free and Open to the Public

Revisit the heady flights of Modernism! This event will bring together students and faculty from multiple disciplines to explore various aesthetic and scholarly impulses relevant to the modern era. Focusing primarily on the dramatic work of Gertrude Stein, presentations also will look at other art forms to glimpse better the collage-like experimentation underlining much of this stimulating, provocative period in artistic history. Refreshments will be served.


Visiting Playwright: John Cariani

Reading and Book-Signing
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 PM, Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A)
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, March 25, 2016, 12 PM, 8-200, Playwriting Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community

John Cariani <>  is an actor and a playwright. He has appeared on and Off Broadway and in several films and television shows. He’s been nominated for a Tony Award. John has done movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Ed Asner. Most people seem to know him from Law & Order, where he played Forensics Tech Beck for five seasons. As a playwright, John is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004 and opened Off-Broadway in 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States and has been translated into a dozen languages. He has two new plays being published this year: Last Gas and Love/Sick, both of which premiered at Portland Stage. John grew up in Presque Isle, attended Amherst College, and now lives in New York City.

MCC’s VaPA Department will perform Almost Maine during the Spring 2016 semester.


Ninth Annual Sixth Act Student Playwriting Competition
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 PM, Black Box Theater
Reservations Required

This competition encourages MCC students to write plays for an audience, to provide MCC students a competitive venue for their scripts, to offer winning playwrights the opportunity to see their scripts performed as staged readings with an eye towards future play development, and to offer VaPA students the opportunity to participate in the new-play-development process. Three winning playwrights receive cash prizes. One winning playwright also will have his/her play submitted to a nationwide competition and performed at MuCCC on Atlantic Avenue as part of Rochester’s Annual College Theatre Festival.

Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September. This event is sponsored by Creative Arts.


2015-2016 Special Projects

The Sixth Act will continue to develop curriculum-support materials and post-production talk-backs for VaPA’s 2015-2016 season in an effort to encourage faculty across MCC to teach these plays in their individual courses and to enrich this process for all involved.

The Sixth Act also will resurrect Drama on Demand, now as a Video Library. This popular program will feature web-based, filmed versions of VaPA students performing scenes from published plays so these scenes can be used as co-curricular tools across campus.

Maria Brandt
The Sixth Act