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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
312 Fillmore Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
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All the Arts at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island    

All the Arts at the UCSI sponsors multicultural, multi discipline art shows and events open to the community, in the Fellowship Hall and Church Sanctuary throughout the church year.

Works by poets and playwrights are staged in Fellowship Hall.

Below are some of the events that are being planned for the 2014 fall season

Arts Committee Mmebers (l to r): John Bostrom, John Adrian, Vivian Vassar, Risa Anderson (standing) with Michael Anderson, Music Director Dr. Carolyn Clark (seated at piano) with Larry Schwabacher


All the Arts: Upcoming Events:


Performances: May 1 & 2 at 8:00 p.m. and May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Our Fifth Annual Short Play Festival presents: "Animal Tales"



The Plays:

Fortuna Adversa
Written by Fay Corinotis, Directed by Jodi Garda
Featuring James Cunningham & Nathan Ullrich

Please Look After The Bear
Written by Kate Howard, Directed by Melissa Tierney

Nuts For Neighbors
Written & Directed by Jaclyn A. Lurker
Featuring Dorri Aspinwall & Daniel Wuerdeman

Brooke And The Frog
Written by Lawrence F. Schwabacher, Directed by Michael Anderson
Featuring Anthony Casiano & Christie Zampella

Leopard Lady And The Lions
Written by Mike Veasey, Directed by Terri Veasey
Featuring Mary McConnell, Patrick O'Connor, & Mike Veasey

The Elephant In The Room
Written by Helene Montagna, Directed by Risa Anderson
Featuring Tina Barone & Don Manzo

Ticket Prices: $15 General Admission, $12 Students/Seniors, Cash only at the door.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Staten Island Arts Committee

Unitarian Church of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY 10301



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All the Arts: Past Events:


Fridays and Saturdays, February 13,14, 20, & 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday matinee performances on February 15 and 22 at 3:00 p.m.

"Where There's a Will" by Staten Island playwright, Joe Simonelli



What would happen if William Shakespeare time traveled to present day Staten Island? Joe Simonelli, brings you his latest romantic comedy just in time for Valentine's Day!

When a struggling Staten Island playwright who is experiencing writer's block and relationship problems needs a helping hand, who better to council him but The Bard himself!

Joe Franklin of Bloomberg Radio called it "The funniest play you'll see in New York this season!" The play features an all-Staten Island cast with Jai Sada, Lori Sigrist, Jay Minkoff and Joe Simonell and is directed by veteran Staten Island actress and director, Cathy O'Hare!

Six performances only including Valentine’s Day! Seating is limited so reservations are strongly suggested.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $17 for students and seniors, 65 and up. Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance!

For reservations call 347-355-8989.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Unitarian Church of Staten Island Sanctuary Concerts: The Winter Concert



Pete Wagula "Bottleneck Loop Master"

Whether live or in the studio backing singer songwriters, bottleneck guitarist Pete Wagula lays glass on strings. He favors a 1930 National, Dobro, Martin acoustic or just about any electric. For his solo instrumental performances Pete creates live loops to fill the room with sound and myriad imageries, the backdrop for his bottleneck guitar.

Matt and Nina Long "Harmonic Balladeers"

The duo of Matt and Nina will perfom original songs, some sweet ballads, and a few standards you'll want to sing along with. Expect some surprise guests and duets.

In the Sanctuary: The Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore Street, SI, NY 10301

Suggested Donation: $10, 2 for $15, children free. Refreshments.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Staten Island Arts Committee





The Photography of Jeffrey Mason

On view through January 11, 2015  •  Sundays, 1 – 4PM

and during events in the Sanctuary.


The Unitarian Church of Staten Island is hosting the work of Staten Island photographer Jeffrey Mason through January 11, 2015. This collection, with the exception of the images from New Orleans, touches mostly on familiar scenes, in and around New York City. Mr. Mason says this about his work: "I find myself drawn to shooting "street" portraits, musicians, dancers and the grittiness of abandoned places and people. It's not what I see, it's how I see it. That's how I approach taking and processing my images." Mr. Mason studied at the Arts Student League. His photographic vision is in part shaped by a life long interest in drawing and painting and by his professional career as a window dresser. The Gateway Photographers of Staten Island named him Photographer of the Year in 2011 and he has exhibited with the Staten Island Acoustic Music Society and the Staten Island Creative Community.


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Poems That Matter Workshop, with coordinator Patricia Murphy

In this recent workshop we explored various poems and poetic forms, and why they mean so much to us. Some people tried their hand at crafting words. All attendeesl had the chance to work on their ability to read poems out loud.  Enrollment was limited to twelve, with a workshop fee of $50.00, to be donated to the Ben Jacobs Fund to improve our performance space.

Second Saturday Film Festival held in Fellowship Hall


"Second Saturday" is series of films on art and the people who create it. There is no admission fee for this series. Films that have been screened include "Fosse", a Dance In America presentation of the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical, recorded live in performance from Broadway. Celebrating Fosse's brilliance with the most important dance numbers from his greatest shows, movies, and early television work, "Fosse" is a showstopping tribute to one of the past century's most influential forces on Broadway. The all-dancing, all-singing production starring Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen was created by those who worked most closely with him, including co-director and co-choreographer Reinking and Fosse's wife, the late Gwen Verdon.

Other film offerings have examined the work of multimedia artist William Kentridge, and the life and work of Eugene O'Neill.

Event Coordinator was Harvey Rosensfit.


Butoh Movement Workshops were held in September through November, 2013


Butoh is a dance form developed in post World War II Japan as a rebellion against western influences. Influenced by traditional Japanese dance, it is an impulse dance that supports self-discovery and body release. Butoh artist dancer Florence Poulain led the workshop. The workshop series ended with a public performance in November, 2013. Non-dancers and dancers were welcome.

Florence Poulain, is Co-director of Deeptanks Arts Space. In 2012, Ms Poulain received a NYSCA - SPARC grant and worked with the seniors at the Stapleton Senior Center and in 2013 an Original Works grant (NYSCA) to develop a program at the LGBT center. She currently dances in the US and Mexico. For more information contact


"Other Media" Exhibit Opens 42nd USCI Spring Arts Festival

with Staten Island Artist Steve Nutt, April 16 - June 19, 2013

Left: James Ceribello and Mary Hernandez viewing the exhibit.

The UCSI Arts Program Committee presented the 42nd Spring Arts Festival, celebrating “Other Media”. It was held in the church sanctuary, the opening enhanced by live piano music by jazz pianist David Jones (below).


While Mr. Nutt’s pottery has been known and appreciated for some time, the “Other Media” exhibition highlighted the artist's works in other media: originally designed hooked rugs, paintings, painted tiles, photographs and prints. “My interest in rugs connects to my father and mother, who obtained and process the materials, select the designs, and make small rugs and wall hangings in the traditional Early American manne.”


Mike Stein with Steve Nutt
The artist discusses his work




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