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Teresa S. Thomas, Carnegie Mellon
James Weinberg, HCEF

For immediate release:
November 14, 2002

Final Fridays: Carnegie Mellon's November 22 Cabaret Offering Celebrates Coffee as an Inspiration!

Pittsburgh—Carnegie Mellon University's new Cabaret Series in the School of Drama welcomes in the seasonal changes with a bill of "caffeinated" songs for the 11 p.m. performance on Nov. 22, 2002, in the Purnell Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Titled "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," the program is inspired by the fun of connecting performance material through a single reference; this month's offering focuses on our favorite wake-up and warm-up beverage.

"All our songs deal with coffee," said Gary Kline, music director of the school's new series. "Some are specifically about the drink itself; in others, coffee is an incidental ingredient. What's fun is that these songs seem come from an older repertoire. In contrast to the contemporary work celebrated by October's new works, this month's collection of songs were written and recorded in the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s - a very stylish era of songwriting. They all have a twinge of jazz or blues, and to support such style we plan to add a bass player to our spare music accompaniment," he added.

November's roster includes songs recorded by Bessie Smith and the Manhattan Transfer and written by Irving Berlin and Fats Waller as well as the theatrical writers of Kander and Ebb. As with prior series presentations, the School of Drama transforms its Wells Video Studio in the Purnell Center on the "final" Friday of each month into a spare, intimate setting for this late-night, one-hour event.

The "cabaret" performance style puts audience members in close proximity with the performing artists, and Carnegie Mellon's series capitalizes on that tradition.

The monthly series' curtain time is 11 p.m. and is a benefit in support of the school's end-of-the-year Leagues Presentations. A suggested minimum donation for any available Cabaret ticket is $5, and tickets will be available, first-come/first-served, on the day of performance only. The Box Office opens at noon. For more information, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407.


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