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Posted: Saturday, January 25th 2014 at 8:59am

GTA welcomes Alaska actor Ryan Conarro 'home' to teach, perform

By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - When north Georgia audiences last saw Dahlonega’s Ryan Conarro on a local stage in 1998, he was a student at North Hall High School, taking theatre classes at Gainesville College and performing with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in “Our Town” and “West Side Story”.

Since then, he graduated from New York University with top honors and moved to Juneau, Alaska, joining the Perseverance Theatre as a company member, co-founding the Generator Theatre Company and traveling throughout “the last frontier” state as a teaching artist.

And this month, he’s working with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, guest lecturing in classes with theatre majors and taking the next steps to further develop his original performance installation, “this hour forward,” a thought-provoking and strikingly visual event to be performed on the University of North Georgia campus January 31-Feb.2.

“I’m elated to be back with family here in Georgia and working again with GTA and Jim Hammond,” Conarro said. “Teaching GTA students about developing original work gives me the opportunity to revisit how and why I’ve created “this hour forward”, and will ultimately improve the installation – it’s a dynamic process.”

“this hour forward” is an installation of live performance, video, sound and photography. Conarro has crafted a multi-sensory experience for the GTA Performance Lab space, incorporating multiple video projections, song and spoken word, and an original soundscape to create a space for participants to share Conarro’s exploration of deeply personal questions about the identities of the self and of others, and about the ideals and realities of love and marriage in America.

In addition, Conarro includes a fractured survey of recent social and political moments through this hour forward, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to abolish Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which effectively legitimizes gay marriage in states where such unions are legal. Georgia is not one of those states. (Because of the mature content and themes, parental guidance is recommended.)

For details on performance daters and times and ticket information, click on the link below.

Link: Gainesville Theatre Alliance
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