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W&B Genesee Reading Series: June 11, 2013

Genesee Reading Series

June 11, 2013

7:30 PM Writers & Books

740 University Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

$3 members; $6 public

Come at 7PM to share light refreshments and socialize before the program.

For June, Writers & Books presents Paula Marchese and Michael Arve. Between them, Paula & Michael have acted in, written, & directed plays, written poetry, taught theater arts, and mentored young actors. Two of Rochester’s Finest in Theater present for this program!

Since high school, Michael H. Arve has done theatre both as an actor and director. He lived in Knoxville, Tennessee for several years, working in HIV/AIDS prevention education. His production of “The Belle of Amherst” won state, regional, national, and international (The Dundalk Ireland International Theatre Festival) awards for his direction and for the brilliant performance of Vicki Casarett as Emily Dickinson.. For his 2003 performance as Matthew Brady in Auburn Players’ production of “Inherit the Wind,” the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) awarded him The Outstanding Actor Award. In May of 2006, he and the entire cast of “The Mousetrap” were honored with Outstanding Ensemble Acting Merit Awards. In 2011, he published a volume of poetry, The Hiding Wall (FootHills Publishing). He is currently an Artist in Residence at MuCCC (Multi-use Community Cultural Center), and is now in rehearsals for “An Evening of Ionesco: The Bald Soprano & The Lesson,” opening at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, NY) June 19-29, 2013.

Paula Marchese considers herself a life-long gypsy who studied Theatre at the University of Michigan where she received her BA and was awarded an acting fellowship to complete her MA in Ann Arbor before taking off for the Big Apple. In addition to acting off-Broadway and in regional theatre, Paula was a founding member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a New York company devoted to the nurturing of new playwrights. In Los Angeles Paula co-starred on numerous television programs and also worked the other side of the camera for McGraw-Hill’s educational film arm, and at NBC as a script analyst. After returning to western New York, Paula directed at Bristol Valley Theatre and the JCC and performed at the Shipping Dock and Blackfriars. Her play, “The Ring,” was a GeVa Regional Playwrights Festival winner. Paula also coauthored the book for “Depression: the Musical,” a look at one man’s life-long struggle with chronic depression, as well as several short plays. She teaches playwriting at Writers and Books.

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