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Baruch Performing Arts Center Presentations of "Saga" and "The Golden Land" Receive 2013 Drama Desk Awards Recognition

NEW YORK, NY - May 9, 2013 - Drama Desk, the organization that honors New York City Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater productions, is honoring “Saga” and “The Golden Land,” two Off-Broadway productions that were presented by the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

BPAC integrates the performing arts into the lives of Baruch College students through programming that support and enrich educational curriculum, while serving as a major performing arts center for the New York City metropolitan area. Currently under the management and direction of John Malatesta, BPAC has presented a vast array of music, theater, and modern dance, as a co-producer and presenter. Two plays moved to Broadway from Baruch Performing Arts Center, including “Irena’s Vow” starring Tovah Feldshuh, and a workshop production of “Spring Awakening” by the Atlantic Theater Company.

“Saga,” a sophisticated puppet theatrical performance co-produced by BPAC and Wakka Wakka, has won a Drama Desk “Special Award” for excellence and significant contributions to the theater. “The Golden Land,” a National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene production that was presented by BPAC, has been nominated by Drama Desk for an award in the category of “Outstanding Revival of a Musical Revue.”

Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, and publishers to honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

“Saga,” which ran at BPAC from March 9-April 10, 2013, featured 30 puppets, ranging in size from three inches to 10 feet and was portrayed by an international cast of puppeteers from Iceland, Norway, Ireland and the United States. “SAGA” explored with wit, imagination, and insight serious issues of our times.

“The Golden Land,” which ran at BPAC from October 28-December 2, 2012, featured the Jewish immigrant experience during 1880-1910 and before and after World War II through popular songs of the Lower East Side, inspirational stories of the men and women who planted new roots in America, and the humor that sustained them. 

This year’s 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony is being presented by on Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 pm at The Town Hall in New York City. The Awards ceremony will be webcast live on

About Baruch Performing Arts Center:
Baruch College launched the Baruch Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2003 as part of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences in the college’s new Newman Vertical Campus. The center is a state-of-the-art performance complex which includes the Nagelberg Theater and the Engelman Recital Hall. Adjoining buildings include the auditorium-theater Mason Hall and the Bernie West Black Box Theater. BPAC has presented a vast array of music (classical, chamber, baroque, jazz, world, contemporary), theater (modern, classic) and modern dance through series such as the Silberman Chamber Music Series, the Milt Hinton Jazz Series, 55 Underground Contemporary Concert Series, the Great Works Reading Series, Weissman Talks Onstage Dialogue Series and special residencies with the Alexander String Quartet, the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, and the Mexican Dance Company Dzul Dance.




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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