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Short Film & Discussion Series

By JIB Productions 

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***UPDATED 10/30/2012 WITH NEW DATE AS "Technical difficulties on Oct. 18 caused the scheduled films to be postponed," ACCORDING TO THE ORGANIZERS***

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Performing arts producer JIB Productions has announced the line-up of films for the Nov. 15 Short Cuts, a film and discussion series, at the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk. The series, which focuses on the theme of “Theater in Film,” will feature two dramatic productions.

Joe Meyers, entertainment writer and blogger, will moderate the event along with special guest speakers.

The “Short Cuts” focus on theater and film encapsulates the many facets of what JIB has to offer, observes Meyers. “JIB Productions brings short one-act plays to the public via its Play with Your Food series,” he notes. “Through the Short Cuts offerings, JIB’s principals will showcase rarely-shown short films with a theatrical element.”

The featured films for Thursday, Nov. 15, are Andre’s Mother, a 1990 production focusing on the impact of the HIV virus that stars Sada Thompson and Richard Thomas, and Evening Primrose, 1966, starring Anthony Perkins in a short musical film featuring a score by a then-unknown Stephen Sondheim.

Andre’s Mother is based on an eight-minute play written by Terrence McNally. “Andre’s Mother was a groundbreaking film,” Meyers notes. “It was made three years before Philadelphia was released. The play was launched at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, starring Sada Thompson, and will give the audience a taste of both Thompson’s and Thomas’ work as a classically trained stage actors.”

“Evening Primrose was filmed before Sondheim broke out with ‘Company,’” adds Meyers. “Both of these films are a wonderful treat for any audience. They will see major talents in productions they never heard of. Further, the audience will recognize several of the songs that are included in this movie.”

Weston resident Chilton Ryan will join Meyers during the post-event discussion. Ryan will recall his time spent with Sondheim while they both served as apprentices at the Westport Country Playhouse in 1950. Sondheim had applied to the Playhouse because it was near his father and stepmother’s home in Stamford. Ryan participated in the apprentice program in 1949 and 1950.

During the post-film discussion, Carole Schweid, the artistic director of JIB, will join Meyers. “Carole was among the original cast members in A Chorus Line,” explains Meyers. “She will provide input on the time and impact of AIDS as it impacted the theater.”

A former writer/producer/director at NBC Television, Ryan has written words for songs by Otis Clements, Mary Rodgers, Cy Walter and Michel Legrand. He is a former president of the Theatre Artists Workshop.

Tickets for Short Cuts are $25 and include popcorn coffee and dessert.

The events begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. An informal discussion will continue over coffee and dessert.

For tickets or information, call the Box Office at 203-293-8831 or visit

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