Pierce College News

October 28, 2009

Real experiences of returning soldiers explored in production of Into the Fire at Pierce College Nov. 5

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 2:44 pm

The Pierce College veterans program is hosting a performance of Into the Fire, a moving play that chronicles the real-life experiences of veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam with disabilities and combat-related trauma.

The free performance begins at noon Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Health Education Center, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood. Following the performance, the actors and playwrights will facilitate an interactive discussion of war’s effects on families and communities.

Into the Fire recreates the real stories of both male and female veterans with such disabilities as traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, loss of limbs, chronic pain, mobility challenges, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The stories are interspersed with humor and music to allow audiences to process the veterans’ powerful stories.

In addition to the play, Pierce is welcoming veterans, active duty military, and their families to attend a special Veterans and Military Resource Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Health Education Center at Pierce Fort Steilacoom. Veterans and military personnel will connect with local resources that can help with confidential counseling, financial management, childcare, veterans’ benefits, pre-deployment readiness, vocational rehabilitation, and educational funding.

In addition, the VA Mobile Unit will be on-hand for further assistance.

For questions on the play or the resource fair, contact the Pierce College Veterans Services office via phone at (253) 964-6505 or via email at vetmil@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 26, 2009

Acclaimed filmmaker and author Byron Hurt to speak at Pierce College Puyallup on Nov. 12

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 3:52 pm


Byron Hurt

Byron Hurt

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and anti-sexism advocate Byron Hurt will be the first featured speaker in the Pierce College Puyallup Presents lecture series.

Hurt will speak and show his recent film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the College Center multipurpose room, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE. Discussion and a reception will follow. Tickets are $3 for Pierce students, $6 for everyone else. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers.  To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes has been selected to appear in more than 40 film festivals worldwide.

Hurt also directed and produced I AM A MAN:  Black Masculinity in America, an award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across America. Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of patriarchy, racism, and sexism in American culture.

 More than a filmmaker, Hurt is a former Northeastern University football quarterback and a long-time gender violence prevention educator. He is a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. He is also the former associate director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

For tickets or more information, call (253) 840-8416.

Singing, dancing musical extravaganza at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s new theater Nov. 13-14 and 20-21

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:10 am

Written and directed by Pierce College’s own Fred Metzger, “Seven Deadly Sins: The Musical” will debut at Pierce Fort Steilacoom’s new theater on Nov. 13-14 and 20-21.

“Seven Deadly Sins: The Musical” is a fun comedy that follows the struggles of Bob, who must conquer the seven deadly sins in order to win eternal love and happiness with Mary.  Metzger calls it a “dancing, singing, game show extravaganza” that “would be a sin to miss.”

Tickets are now available for all shows. Cost is $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for everyone else. Call (253) 964-6710 to make reservations. The theater is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. Showtime is 7 p.m. for all shows.

Metzger has been a member of the speech/theatre faculty at Pierce College since 1976. In 1995 and 1996, he served as vice-chairman of programs for the Northwest Section of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He wrote and directed the original musical Class in 1993, and Market Place Blues in 2001.

In addition, he designed Bus Stop for Tacoma Actors Guild and The Nutcracker for Tacoma Performing Dance, and has designed many shows at Pierce College including Amadeus and I’m Not Rapport. In 1996 and 1997, he directed the original historical pageant A Place of Firsts, which commemorates the birth of the town of Steilacoom, one of Washington’s first settlements. The pageant was sponsored by the Pierce College Foundation and the Washington Endowment for the Arts.