Theatrical scenic artist Don Geyra's Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera, as well as special productions like Paramount's A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. This month, Geyra broadens his horizons with a show featuring 43 pieces of his fine art at the New Rochelle Public Library from March 4-31. An opening reception is planned for March 4 from 3-5 PM.
In addition to his own theatre credits, Geyra comes from a theatrical background. His father, lighting and stage designer Zvi Geyra, began his career as a student of noted lighting designer Irving Piscatir. While the elder Geyra—who worked in the late '50s and '60s with such stage talents as Jose Ferrer—started his career in lighting, he later took on stage design in the tradition of the craftsmen in the field. "In those days they had 'all category' membership as a requirement for union affiliation," Geyra told Playbill On-Line.
Pursuing his own "all category" theme, Geyra says his interest in science and the arts has fueled his belief that "everything is connected somehow," a philosophy that has imbued his career. In addition to his stage work, Geyra has branched out, working as an artist and/or camera scenic artist on such films as "Godfather III," "Biloxi Blues," "F/X," "Rocket Gibraltar," "Wide Sargasso Sea," "Midnight Run" and "Big Daddy."
Geyra's show, "New York State: Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes" is presented by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. The exhibit will take place at the New Rochelle Public Library's Lumen Winter Gallery, which is located at Library Plaza in New Rochelle. For information call (914) 654 2085 or (914) 632-4976.
—By Murdoch McBride