March 31, 2014 Brewster, NY
Mary Dimino, will tell you point blank she “grew up fat, funny, and afraid in an Italian family in Queens.” Turning her honesty into a thriving career in comedy, on Broadway, in film and television, Mary Dimino has reeled in some of the industry’s biggest awards for her choices to tell it like it is: Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Outstanding Female Comedian, the Gracie Allen Award for her work in portraying women in film and television, and NYC International Fringe’s 2010 Outstanding Solo Show, to name a few. Mary Dimino is performing Big Dummy: Me & My Old Man, her 2013 NYC International Fringe acclaimed sold-out show, at George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, NY,Thursday April 24th,2014, 7pm, as part of H. G. Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment’s 2nd Annual Founder’s Day Celebration in recognition of their Founder Kathie Freston (USMCR)’s 84th birthday, 32 years of teaching 6th graders in NYC and the Bronx, and decades of selfless service to her community and environment. The annual Grasshopper Awards will also be presented April 24th to two couples who exemplify service to our communites in Mr. & Mrs. Denis Castelli (Putnam County Historian) for their contributions to veterans and their families and Mr. Bob Gentile (of Camp Herrlich) & Mrs. Wendy Gentile (of Carmel Central School Distrcit) for their contributions to the arts and culture. Join in the fun!
H. G. Fairfield Arts is dedicating the net proceeds of their 2014 Founders Day Celebration to support programming for the Spirit of R.O.C.K. Assemblies initiated this school year by George Fischer Middle School’s Assistant Principal Mrs. Wendy Gentile. Since August of 2013 GFMS Staff and Teachers have been collaboratively developing with H. G. Fairfield Arts, and other organizations, arts-based learning and events that teach and reinforce the character education program created by GFMS, including elements of the New York State common core curricula. GFMS curates the programs for the Spirit of R.O.C.K. Assemblies and provides the space and the logistical support for them, whileH. G. Fairfield Arts provides some of the interactive programming including “Suitcase Mysteries: Immigration and Identity,” “The Young Filmmakers Atelier,” “Athena Global Shorts,” and “200 Feet of Art: Dreaming Big.” George Fischer Middle School 5th & 6th grade Principal Ed LoPresti writes, “We are excited to have this partnership with H. G. Fairfield Arts as we bring more training and more exposure in the Arts, leadership skills, and excellent community involvement into our school.” H. G. Fairfield Arts sponsored actor, playwright, and national headlining comedian Mary Dimino as their 2014 Artist in Residence this past January at GFMS for 4 days, with Mary performing an abridged version of Big Dummy during a 42 minute Spirit of R.O.C.K. Assembly for all 7th & 8th graders and then teaching for the next 2 days in every 7th & 8th grade gym class bringing her dynamic Story Telling-Writing Workshop. Winners of that story writing competition may be opening for Mary.
One of the best solo artists of New York City and American theater, Mary Dimino is described as “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal, “utterly captivating” by NYTheatre.com, and Broadway producer Ruben Brache declares “If you’ve never seen Mary Dimino perform, then make a point of it. [She] will have you laughing and crying at the same time for different reasons.” Mary Dimino reveals;” I learned compassion from my dad. And I learned people who are different have a lot to teach us.” Big Dummy: Me & My Old Man is a show about an Italian-American girl living in a family with different rates of literacy, special needs, and expectations.Witness the struggle of a bright kid with parents of one world who don’t seem to be of hers. How she handles that conflict gives a birds-eye view from a master solo- and performance-artist and creates compassion for those who wake up to the immigrant reality every day. Join the event’s Sponsors by adding your business’ name to Dr. Adrienne Fabrizio of Carmel Chiropractic, Gappy’s Pizza of Kent, NY, and the Putnam County Italian-American Social Club in Brewster, NY, in welcoming the festivities of H. G. Fairfield’s 2nd Annual Founders Day April 24th and in honoring Kathie Freston, Denis & Athena Castelli, & Bob & Wendy Gentile. Call 845-363-1559 to reserve tickets & for info; or go online to www.HGFairfieldArts.org & find the event on Facebook.