History of Faith at Chautauqua Institution

“It should surprise no Chautauquan that Western New York has a long, rich history of cultural activity and intellectual, interfaith dialogue. Chautauqua Institution embodies these values, which appeared to emerge with the arrival of various religious sects to the area. Western New York earned the name “the Burned-Over District” for the way it was spiritually transformed — set ablaze, one might say — by the religious movements that swept across it from the 1790s through the following century.”

Most Unlikely Heroine: Talking Miss Marple with Cindy Damm McPeters

“‘—we hardly realized that Miss Marple was playing; but we were polite about it—didn’t want to hurt the old dear’s feelings. And now comes the cream of the jest. The old lady out did us every time.’ This is how Sir Henry Clithering recounts the ingenuity of tea-drinking spinster Miss Jane Marple in Agatha Christie’s The Tuesday Club Murders, after the two become acquainted through their involvement in the Tuesday Night Club. … Clithering’s remark underscores a crucial fact about Miss Marple: she’s sympathetic, but she hardly seems a conventional sleuth. But Marple’s perceived weakness becomes her greatest strength under the masterful pen of Agatha Christie; what Clithering and his companions fail to recognize is that Miss Marple’s difference is precisely what makes her a great detective.”

Interfaith Moments of Change

“The Christians, directed by Taibi Magar, will play June 28-July 14 at Bratton Theater, as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2019 season. The Christians’ Pastor Paul is not the only faith leader who has come under fire for a change in belief. Here’s a look at historical faith leaders who have advocated for an evolution of belief within their community. ...”

Triad Stage Staff Profile: Costume Shop Manager Jennifer Stanley

“Costume Shop Manager Jennifer Stanley has been in the company of artists for as long as she can remember. ‘My grandma made a lot of my clothes as a child either by sewing machine or crocheting or knitting,’ she recalls. ‘We collaborated to create my prom dress. I would say that was my first design. I drew what I wanted, we went fabric shopping together, and she stitched it for me. My grandfather was an artist too. He used to paint big, elaborate paintings of Disney characters on the walls in my room and on my pillow cases. He showed me how to draw.’”

Needle in a Haystack: Triad Stage Costumes Apprentice Caitlin O’Brien is One of a Kind

“‘I love that red is your character’s color,’ Victoria Ross, Triad Stage Props Apprentice, tells actor Mari Vial-Golden after a performance of And Then There Were None. Vial-Golden smiles. ‘Me too.’ As Vera Claythorne, she spends the show draped in striking shades of scarlet and maroon. The color, texture, and cut of Vera’s costumes tell us a story all their own—about her profession, her social class, her age, and her world. … Caitlin O’Brien knows that stage costumes communicate as much as the actors who wear them. She’s Triad Stage’s 2018-2019 Costume Shop/Wardrobe Apprentice, and the Wardrobe Supervisor for all productions in Triad Stage’s 2018-2019 season, including And Then There Were None. “Vera has a vibrant personality, and the red reflects that,” she explains. ‘It’s a statement color.’”