Who?: Attack of the P.A.C.A.
What?: A 2-Day Event intended to re-introduce Erie to the ArtWorks Building Theater Space
Where?: The second floor of the Artworks Building at 1505 State Street.
When?: Friday and Saturday, June 8th and 9th. Doors open at 7
The space was once known as the ClaySpace Theatre, which was home to the Alternative Art Series, In All Seriousness, Kangaroo Court Press, and theater troupes led by Rick Lopez, Lucian Zabramny and Ted Martin. It was also the original home of both the Roadhouse and Director's Circle Theaters. The most recent tenant was Bettye Walker's Sojourner Expressions.
The space is currently in the process of being renovated into a new haven for the performing arts and much more. P.A.C.A. or Pennsylvania Artists Collective Association is a group of artists that invite other like-minded individuals to work together in creating new opportunities for Erie to experience a multitude of artistic expression.
This initial festival will include various types of art from local artists, live music, poetry readings, as well as performances of one-act plays and monologues. Our hope is to provide a sampling of the great things in store for this exciting new venture in art. Be sure to stop by Friday and Saturday, June 8th and 9th to see the space and what P.A.C.A. has in store.
We plan on staging about 30 minutes of theater performances on one stage, alternated with 45 minute musical sets on a second stage. There will be three rotations, for a total of 3 bands and 3 sets of theater per evening. There will also be an art show in the space with work available for purchase. Some of the musical acts that are confirmed include: Steve Trohoske, Matty B, and Vanguard with Ian Smith.
The theater sets will be comprised of one-acts and monologues by such authors as Christopher Durang, David Ives, William Inge, David Mamet, O Henry, Jeff Goode, Shel Silverstein, and Eric Bogosian.
The musical sets will include local artists, such as: Marty O'Connor, Matty B. and the Dirty Pickles, Steve Trohoskey, Tom Hitt, and Vanguard,
Admission will be $10 per night or $15 for a 2-day pass, which will include admission to any of the performances within the festival; however, there is limited seating for the theater sets, so if there is a particular show you are interested in, it is suggested you find a seat early.