People, papers and presentations

University Representative Y. Ping Sun is co-chairing “Embrace China,” a multi-arts show in Houston that will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Sino Professionals Association will host the show at the University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in partnership with local Chinese communities. The program is geared toward those who love Chinese culture and will feature dance, acrobatics and music with instrumental and vocal performances that include opera, pop and Chinese folk music. China National Day is Oct. 1.

Rice Theatre won the Houston Press 2014 Theater Award for Best College Season. Christina Keefe, professor in the practice in theater and director of the Rice Theatre Program, Baker College junior Bryce Willey and Daniel Burns ’14 were mentioned in the Houston Press’ citation. “Rice added several triumphant productions to its season, with a superb ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ staged outdoors under a giant oak tree, with Daniel Burns as a gymnastic Puck, directed with panache by Christina Keefe, and with a great set and lighting to boot,” the weekly newspaper wrote. “And they revitalized the perennially popular ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with a wonderful set that gave us the entire slum neighborhood, with Curtis Barber making Mr. Mushnik human and not a cartoon, and Bryce Willey nailing Seymour, showing us the love and not just the nerd. It was wonderful.”



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