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Curtain’s up: Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark directs "The Light in the Piazza" starring PPA students, and award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann sits down for a Q&A.

How often do students get the opportunity to be directed by the person who won the Tony Award for playing the lead in the same play? Just one of the many reasons Pace School of Performing Arts rocks.

Victoria Clark, who received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards as well as a Drama League honor for her portrayal of Margaret Johnson in the critically acclaimed musical The Light in the Piazza, will be directing the upcoming production of The Light in the Piazza starring Pace Performing Arts students as a 2014–2015 Artist-in-Residence.

“In addition to being one of the most gifted actors of this generation, Vicki is an inspired and thrilling teacher. She is a devoted mentor and a truly magical director and I could not be more thrilled to have such a remarkable woman as our Artist-in-Residence this year,” says Amy Rogers, director of the Pace School of Performing Arts musical theater program.

Set in the 1950s, The Light in the Piazza, by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, is the story of an American woman Margaret Johnson, who travels to Florence with her daughter Clara. During a gust of wind, Clara loses her hat, which fatefully falls at the foot of a young Florentine man. When they decide to marry, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes.

Performances will be held at the Loretto Theatre at the Sheen Center on:

October 29–31, 7:30 p.m

November 1–2, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

November 5–7, 7:30 p.m.

November 8, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets available now through OvationTix.

Also, coming up: Award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann comes to Pace School of Performing Arts for a Q&A session with PPA students on Wednesday, October 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bianco Room. Mann will talk about her career and about adapting Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage for stage, which is currently being performed at New York Theatre Workshop.