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June Events at Kumble Theater Include Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, “Real Men Do Cry,” and Musical Performances from Community Works and Something Positive

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center celebrates its 34th annual season with the “Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival”


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y.—June events at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus include the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, celebrating its 10th anniversary; the theatrical production “Real Men Do Cry”; musical performances from Community Works and Something Positive; and Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center celebrating its 34th annual season with the “Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival.”

Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit

Wednesday, June 2, 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Community Works presents: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder
Grammy- and Oscar-nominated producer Charles Mack and the singers of Impact Vibe perform a joyful not-to-be-forgotten tribute to the singular style of multi-platinum recording artist and musical genius Stevie Wonder. Tickets: $7. Contact Community Works at (212) 459-1854 or at

Saturday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 6, 3:00 p.m.
Something Positive presents: Something Positive in Concert
This annual tribute to the company’s founder, Cheryl Byron, will feature her signature work “Ancestral Chant;” an exciting new installment to “Sweet Nina Suite” honoring Nina Simone by Michael Manswell; the spectacular “Carnival Tapestry” by Sonny Salina and newly minted works by the company’s Sade Small & Danielle Cassimir. Something Positive is a community-based, performing arts and education organization dedicated to the art and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences. Tickets: $25. Contact Kumble Theater box office at (718) 488-1624 or visit

Thursday, June 10, 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 11, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 13, 3:00 p.m.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in association with Kumble Theater present: “Passage” – choreographed by Amanda Selwyn and dancers
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents its 10th anniversary performance season, featuring the world premiere of “Passage,” an evening-length work that explores overcoming life’s obstacles, discovering resilience and being open to all possibilities. It is performed by an ensemble of a dozen dancers and includes original music by Matthew Sherman and Adam Gilbert, sound design by Joel Wilhelmi, scenic design by Alicia Wargo, projection design by Andrew Bauer, costume design by Anna-Alisa Belous and lighting design by Jeremy Kumin and Dan Ozminkowski. Tickets: $25; $15 for students and seniors; $100 for Thursday’s gala performance, auction and post-show reception. Contact Kumble Theater box office at (718) 488-1624 or visit

Saturday, June 19, 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
PDM Productions presents: “Real Men Do Cry” – written by Trevi Pershay
In Trevi Pershay’s new dramatic stage play, four men come face-to-face with their childhood demons of molestation, abandonment and other abuses that robbed them of their youth. As boys they were taught real men don’t cry, but as men with children of their own they find that their tears represent a release of pent up hurt and pain. Tickets: $25. Contact Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624 or visit

Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center in association with Kumble Theater present:
“Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival” - 34th Annual Season
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s 2010 festival supports the artistic growth of seven emerging New York City-based choreographers of color. The featured artists/groups are: INSPIRIT, Renegade Performance Group, Purelements: An Evolution in Dance
(Tuesday, June 22); Nicholas Leichter, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Asase Yaa
(Wednesday, June 23); and Kyle Abraham with the work “A Ramp to Paradise,” commissioned by THPAC and based on a short story by its Executive Chairman, Alex Smith. “A Ramp to Paradise” chronicles the life and times of the famed and predominantly black gay New York City underground 1970s and 1980s dance club Paradise Garage (Thursday, June 24). The season after party will follow the final performance. Tickets: $15, $12 students and seniors. Contact Kumble Theater box office at (718) 488-1624 or visit

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 05/21/2010

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