The Ritz Presents an Evening of Literature Featuring NFA's Terry Sandler

EVENT UPDATE : the show has been rescheduled from the original date of January 21 to a snow date on Saturday February 4th.

Featured presenter Terry Sandler brings his flare for the dramatic to the Ritz Theater this weekend at a public showcase celebrating the works of Hudson Valley authors.  Students, parents and community will have a chance to see their Newburgh Free Academy acting teacher and drama coach put his art form into semi-motion when he dives into discussion about his dramatic one-act play The Mommy and Me Fishing Trip.

Sandler will divulge some excerpts from the emotionally charged piece, sharing insights and reflecting on the creative process.

From the play:

(Silence.)
Son, let’s continue. How much bait’s left . . . two worms. Okay. Hook me! You heard me . . . hook me. You know what to do. You’re a grown boy . . . that’s right . . . take the worm . . . good. What shall we name this one? I know! Let’s name this one after your little brother. LOOKWHAT HE’S DOING TO YOU---HE’S USING YOU, ABUSING YOU! AT THE MERCY OF THE HOOK! Okay, on one, two, three . . . CAST OFF!  Once again . . . we wait.
(Lights slowly fade to black.)
My goodness . . . I’m old. My wrinkles are like road maps. Where do these old roads lead, I wonder? Let us find out…lean out with me, Son. Let us look at ourselves in the reflection below.
(A long silence.  They both stare into their own eyes of reflection. MOMMY touches the water, creating ripples.)

The story is semi-autobiographical about the painstaking entanglements of a Mother and Son dynamic. The fishing trip aspect of the story is both metaphorical and thematically lyrical. The piece climbs effectively into a tearful climax and relays into a fantastically hopeful ending.


Sandler Publicity photo- courtesy of Courtney Scalzo

Sandler is an accomplished Hudson Valley playwright, a working actor, award-winning director, award-winning filmmaker, and visual artist. Other plays have received staged readings and productions throughout New York City, upstate New York, and Cleveland, Ohio. His original script Bobo Booboo Bibi and Bourbon recently competed in the Winter One Act Competition at the Manhattan Reportory Theatre.

Visit Terry Sandler's website.

Sandler is joined by Susan Schoenberger, a Newburgh native who will talk about her debut novel, A Watershed Year, published in 2011. The novel, at its heart, is a love story, and a story about all the ways that we interconnect in this world of both too much and too little communication. Her novel won the gold medal for novel in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2006. Her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the Courant’s Northeast magazine and Reader’s Digest.

The readings will be held in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh, and are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available for a nominal charge, all proceeds to benefit the restoration of the historic Ritz Theater. The authors will be available after the reading for a question and answer session and book signing. Books will also be available for purchase.

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the ritz theater lobby in 1941