Community Theatre Corner:
KALAMAZOO – The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is pleased to welcome Alma Bond, Ph.D. as dramaturge for its upcoming production of “Master Class,” which plays March 30-April 15, in the Parish Theatre, 426 S. Park Street. Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet this celebrated author during three events, which are planned featuring Dr. Bond.
Bond will be signing her book, “The Autobiography of Maria Callas, a Novel,” Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6134 S. Westnedge Avenue, Portage. A member of the Dramatists Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Florida Freelance Writers Association and the Writers Guild, Bond has published 12 books, including “The Autobiography of Maria Callas, a Novel.” Bond has spent years researching the life of Maria Callas for her book. Additionally, her award-winning play “Maria” (about Maria Callas) has been performed in New York.
Bond will be the featured guest for “Inside the Carver Center Studio,” which will take place Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in the Carver Center. Admission is $5 per person. Artistic Director Morrie Enders will facilitate this fascinating discussion. Bond was the second intern hired in 1946 as part of the Civic’s then recently developed internship program. She will share anecdotes relative to the Civic’s history and explain how her time at the Civic helped lay the foundation for what would become a varied and impressive career. Ultimately, Bond left the theater, and, choosing to further her education, earned a Ph.D. in psychology. In 1991, Bond retired from a highly successful Manhattan practice to write full time. She was one of the first non-medical analysts to be made a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and she is also a member of The American Psychological Association. She was runner-up in the First Novel Contest of Hemingway Days, and received many FFWA State of Florida awards for fine writing. Bond was married to actor Rudy Bond, who appeared in the motion pictures “On the Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Godfather.” The afternoon will conclude with a question and answer session.
Bond will participate in a “Post Show Talk Back” following the Saturday, March 31 performance of “Master Class” in the Parish Theatre. Audience members wishing to participate are invited to stay for a short question and answer session with Bond, the cast, crew and production staff.
For ticket information, call the box office at 269-343-1313 or visit http://www.kazoocivic.com.