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‘Tales of the City’ to be presented in Rochester

The words of celebrated writer Bernard Malamud have appeared on the page for more than half a century; next week they will make it to the stage. Bald Mountain Theater will present “Bernard Malamud – Tales of the City” at its Spice Studio theater in Rochester on July 13-15.
Called the Chekhov of American writers, Malamud is the author of the short story “The Natural” (made famous by the film starring Robert Redford); in such works he captured the passion and diversity of mid-century New York City. Master reader Ethan Bowen and his stable of talented actors will bring these stories to life, with jazzy and klezmer live music to envelop audiences in the sounds and energy of the city. In the show, the troupe will present Malamud classics such as “Black is My Favorite Color” and “A Summer’s Reading” — stories for ages 12 and up dealing with themes of identity, race, love and deceit in the heat of a New York City summer.
“Bernard Malamud captures the rawness and lyricism of working class, hard-scrabble people and is a master of the little moment, when a character subtly shifts irrevocably,” says Bowen, the director and story curator. “There is a crude innocence and sincerity to the wonderful personalities in these stories. This show is an examination of life in the context of all-American summertime and dreams being fulfilled or unfulfilled.”
Performances of “Bernard Malamud – Tales of the City” will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 13 & 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10. All performances at Spice Studio, 482 South Main St., in Rochester. More information at baldmountaintheater.org.
Bald Mountain Theater specializes in developing archetypal stories and fairy tales into theatrical productions that surprise and challenge our audiences to see these stories in a new light. Its touring productions of “Hansel and Gretel” and “Puss in Boots” were met with enthusiastic responses in towns across Vermont. The company’s home base production series “Stories You Should Know,” “There Once Was” and “Stories with Sound” at Spice Studio in Rochester, allow us to dig deep into the story canon.

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