On Fire: The Space at Casweck Galleries Opens 'Rapture, Blister, Burn,' Examining the Evolution of the Women's Movement

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The Space at Casweck Galleries is exploding on the Santa Fe art scene as more than just a gallery. With its next production of "Rapture, Blister, Burn," Casweck Galleries is fast becoming a true art center in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.

"...we are happy to add a new element to the gallery. Mixing visual and performing arts seems like a natural fit," Debrianna MansiniLiaison for The Space

Casweck Galleries is well on its way to becoming an art center. After a sold out event to benefit St. John's Boiler Fund featuring the music of High Desert Sax Quartet and the comedy performance "Adventures of a Small Town Doctor" starring Charles Maynard, next up is For Giving Production's staged reading of Gina Gionfriddo's 'Rapture, Blister, Burn,' directed by Janet Davidson. This fast-paced, witty comedy explores the continuing fallout and evolution of the feminist movement. First opening at Playwright Horizons in 2012, "Rapture, Blister, Burn" recently played to sold out houses at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles.

"We are so excited The Space is taking off. Performance venues in the downtown area are such a premium and we are happy to add a new element to the gallery. Mixing visual and performing arts seems like a natural fit," says Debrianna Mansini, the liaison for The Space. “Staged performances are already booked through July and that is not all. I am hoping to bring in more music as well." Mansini is talking to NY jazz vocalist Carmela Rappazzo about an upcoming musical date.

Davidson's company is no stranger to The Space. They were the first group to come in and experiment with the idea of using the gallery as a downtown intimate performance venue. As part of the last two "Art Matters|Santa Fe" events, the theater company sold out their first reading of "Motherhood Out Loud." The group just completed a weekend of "Hearts of the West: Stories of the Mail Order Brides" to accolades from art going audiences. "Rapture" will usher in the celebration of International Women's Month.

The play involves four women representing three generations as they dive into a freewheeling conversation about how women’s lives have and have not changed since the 1970s. Forty-something Catherine, a single and highly successful academic, returns to her hometown to take care of her ailing mother. She reconnects with her college roommate and best friend, Gwen, now a stay-at-home mother and housewife married to Catherine's old flame. Both women, coveting each other’s choices, attempt to find the happiness and fulfillment they lack by traveling a very bumpy road not taken, with surprising and hilarious results.

The cast includes Debrianna Mansini, Judith Jones-Arute, Christopher Dempsey - all veteran performers in the For Giving Company. Jennifer Graves and Tatyana Stravrowsky round out the lineup.

Casweck Galleries is known for its extraordinary collection by the famed Ernest Chiriacka. Mr. Chiriacka was a famous illustrator during the heyday of illustrators, working for such great publications as Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and Esquire. Mr. Chiriacka illustrated the Esquire Pin Ups for many years and also illustrated over 550 pulp covers.

After that period was over, Mr. Chiriacka went on to great acclaim as an oil painter and sculptor, becoming known as the "Living Remington" while he was working. Mr. Chiriacka passed near the age of 97 in 2010. Casweck Galleries is currently the only place where is his great works are available for sale, although his work hangs in many museums and private collections throughout the US and Europe.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn”
Friday, February 28th at 7pm
Saturday, March 1st at 7pm
Save your space as seats are limited!
Tickets $15.00 suggested

Call The Space for reservations: 505-988-2966

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