Friday, February 24, 2023

New Shows: Blind Visionaries & "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"








APRIL 12, 7:00 PM


Daniel Kelly is an innovative composer, pianist and conceptualist who has been called “stunningly original” with “a visionary imagination.” He created Blind Visionaries because of his passion for the stunning images made by the blind and visually impaired photographers of The Seeing with Photography Collective at the Center for the Blind in Manhattan. Inspired by these incredible photos and the fascinating process of “light painting” used to create them, Kelly created musical compositions and films that are projected onto a screen, so the viewer and listener are immersed into the stunning visual world of The Seeing with Photography Collective. Each performance includes a participatory segment where patrons are chosen to come on stage to create a photo with members of The Seeing with Photography Collective while the trio continues to play. The images are later projected onto the screen during the performance.


Works from The Seeing with Photography Collective will be on display in the Shea Center lobby from March 1 – April 12.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $15

William Paterson students, employees, and alumni admitted free with ID.








MARCH 29, 10:30 AM


By Junot Díaz

Adaptation and Direction: Elise Thoron

Performed by Kelvin Grullon


This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast from Paterson, NJ who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere, and risk it all in the name of love.


This Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, detailing the life-long alienation of the love obsessed Oscar as narrated by his unlikely friend, Yunior. Through this 60-minute exploration of brotherhood, fantasy stories, and what it means to be a “Dominican man”, we come to understand the culture of fear and violence that resulted from Trujillo's 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.


Appropriate for high school, college, and community audiences

Please note this title contains mature content and language.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: FREE


Tickets are not required, but we strongly encourage audience members to register in advance.






February 25

Forever Ray

Paying Homage to the Musical Genius of Ray Charles


March 5

Omnium Circus

I'm Possible


March 10

Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen


March 23

Mosaic Dance Theater Company presents

Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East Through the Ages


March 25

Dirty Dozen Brass Band


March 30

Sounds of Korea


March 31

Brian Culbertson - The Trilogy Tour


April 14

Sun Concerts presents

Bee Gees Gold: The Tribute


April 16

Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo


April 22

Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses


April 30

Top of the World:

A Carpenters Tribute





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Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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