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    (posted 1/24/12)

After 15 years, new administrators of Philadelphia's Moore College of Art and Design have decided to end it's relationship with the SECRET CINEMA, an immensely popular screening venue exhibiting 16 mm prints of films FREE OF CHARGE to art and cinema buffs.  As the SECRET CINEMA (film fans will recognize the moniker as hailing from director Paul Bartel's 1968 short ... remade as a 1986 episode of Spielberg's AMAZING STORIES) provided a degree of positive press and publicity to Moore College without cost to the educational institution (the venue is self-funded), the CINEMA's Jay Schwartz and others are at a lost to understand why. 

Nevertheless they've undertaken a grassroots movement to persuade the new Moore administration to reverse it's stance.  Even if you don't live near Philadelphia, if you're a lover of film, your online support can make a world of difference.

          Please visit CINEDELPHIA or SECRET CINEMA's Facebook Fan Page to learn how you can help.  



Describing itself as a theater troupe who's mission is "... to present and preserve seldom-performed gems from absurdist authors from around the world", the IRC is presently undertaking a mounting of Nikolai Gogol's 1833 matchmaking farce "MARRIAGE: AN IMPROBABLE OCCURRENCE IN TWO ACTS" at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater, ... but only if they can raise $2,500 by Feb. 26, 2012. 

In the IRC's official press release, Artistic Director Tina Brock states:

"The IRC's mission is to present and preserve classic and lesser-known works by authors from the loosely-defined 'Theater of the Absurd' including works by Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Edward Albee and many of their European predecessors from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The company is run by a volunteer staff of 4 who all maintain full time day jobs outside the IRC, and who produce between two and four productions a year with very limited financial and human resources. Coined 'Philadelphia's Absurdist Aces' by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the company has the smallest budget of the over 100 theater companies in the city.  Presenting these seldom-seen plays is for us an avocation, a true labor of love.  Operating under this non-traditional model, we are able to breathe life into works that for a larger company would prove too great a financial risk".

                       Pledges are being accepted for "MARRIAGE" from $1.00 - $500 and above.

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