OSWEGO — Performance artist Cynthia Hopkins will bring her imaginative one-woman show “The Truth: A Tragedy” to SUNY Oswego for a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Jan. 27, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.
Commissioned by Les Subsistances, a center for new creative projects in Lyon, France, the work enjoyed a successful American debut at Soho Rep, a leading venue for contemporary theatre in New York City.
Hopkins will participate in a residency on the Oswego campus as part of the fall-to-spring educational “Telling Tales” initiative.
“As we explore many ways that stories can be shared, Cynthia Hopkins offers a fresh and unconventional vision,” said Mary Avrakotos, coordinator of the college’s Artswego performing arts series. “We’ve watched her rise on the New York theatre scene for several years and are excited to introduce her artistry to Central New York.”
“The Truth: A Tragedy” is inspired by the cabinet of curiosities — a Renaissance precursor of the modern museum that contained highly eclectic collections. Their contents ranged from ancient artifacts and natural wonders to relics of the saints.
Hopkins uses the idea to structure a tragicomic portrait of her ailing father, gathering unrelated objects from his cluttered closets and drawers to create the picture. A rack of old neckties or a box of military mementos become improvised props and costume pieces as she offers her offbeat homage in song, dance, video and monologue.
A 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, Hopkins also received the Alpert Award in Theatre honoring her work as a writer, composer, performer and instrumentalist. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Accinosco performance ensemble, with whom she has created four multimedia works. A fifth is in development. Accinosco’s critically acclaimed productions have received multiple Bessie Awards.
In addition, Hopkins’ band Gloria Deluxe has produced eight full-length albums and performed at venues in and beyond New York City.
Tickets to “The Truth: A Tragedy” cost $12 ($10 for seniors ages 62 and over, children 17 and under and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students) and may be purchased at any SUNY Oswego box office location, by phone at 315-312-2141 or online at http://tickets.oswego.edu.
Parking is free in campus lots for those attending the performance.