Performer to share experiences during campus residency

Paul RajeckasPerformer and writer Paul Rajeckas will present workshops and lectures relating to his one-man tragicomedy “Notes to the Motherland” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

SUNY Oswego’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will present the performances and related residency work tying into the college’s Arts and Memory program series.

The show by Rajeckas combines physical comedy, history and drama to explore a personal journey of family secrets and revelations.

“‘Notes to the Motherland’ is a masterpiece of acting as Paul Rajeckas’ nuanced performance makes you variously laugh and cry,” said Mary Avrakotos, Artswego coordinator. “It offers a transformative experience that brings the audience center stage to a turbulent time of chaotic morality. ‘Notes to the Motherland’ is certain to be a springboard for understanding the Holocaust not as distant past, but now and in the gut.”

During a “Memories as an Inspiration with Paul Rajeckas” workshop at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 5, Rajeckas will discuss how to delve into one’s personal experiences to enhance the performing process. The session, in Tyler Hall’s lab theatre, coincides with Jonel Langenfeld-Rial’s “Story Telling” course. Others may attend for free with advance permission by calling 312-2221 or e-mailing

At 2:20 p.m. Feb. 5, “Developing a Vocabulary with Paul Rajeckas” will focus on the importance of details in expressing ideas and feelings. Rajeckas will discuss how he uses three Cs—concentration, cooperation and commitment—to create his work. The workshop takes place during Langenfeld’s “Advanced Directing” course, and others may attend with her advance permission.

Rajeckas and a faculty panel will discuss “Violence and Ideology” at 12:40 p.m. Feb. 6 in Waterman Theatre. With the show’s sparse set as a backdrop, the College Hour session will discuss the currents behind violent and turbulent periods in world history, including the World War II Holocaust addressed in “Notes to the Motherland,” and how everyday people coped with the events. Sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s global and international studies program, the discussion is free and open to the public. 

Tickets to the full-length, evening performances of “Notes to the Motherland” cost $12 ($10 for seniors and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). For reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

For evening and weekend events at SUNY Oswego, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge. For more information, contact Artswego at 312-4581 or

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Jan 16, 2008)