Friends of Good Music presents "Lilia"!

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Event Date(s): Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
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Friends of Good Music present Lilia!

Playwright and actress Libby Skala will perform her one-woman show “Lilia!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the sixth performance in the Friends of Good Music’s 2017-18 performance season.

In advance of this theatrical performance, the Quick Center will screen the film “Lilies of the Field,” for which Lilia Skala received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

Libby Skala has enchanted audiences internationally with critically acclaimed solo plays about her notable Austrian family: “Lilia!,” about her grandmother, Lilia Skala; “A Time to Dance,” about her dance therapy pioneering aunt Elizabeth Polk; and “Felicitas,” about her great-aunt Lizi, a tough-love baby nurse. She brings the indomitable Lilia Skala to life in “Lilia!,” a deeply personal celebration of her grandmother’s extraordinary life.

 Austrian-born Lilia Skala was one of the first women to graduate in architecture and engineering from the University of Dresden. She then worked as an architect in Vienna. Buoyed by a resolute faith, she fled the Third Reich for America. Lilia Skala labored in a New York City zipper factory before working her way to an acting career on Broadway and the silver screen. She appeared on countless television shows and serials, including “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” between 1952 and 1985. And as Grand Duchess Sophie, she kept company on Broadway with Ethel Merman in “Call Me Madam.”

Among her many other films were “Ship of Fools” (1965), “Charly” (1968), “Deadly Hero” (1976), “Eleanor and Franklin” (1976), “Roseland” (1977), “Heartland” (1979), “Flashdance” (1983), and “House of Games” (1987).  She died in New York in 1994.

Her non-solo work includes readings with Rosemary Harris and Marian Seldes from books published by The Feminist Press at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Regionally, she played Viola in “Twelfth Night” at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Her film work includes “Birth” with Nicole Kidman.  Libby Skala is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio.

 Single tickets for this performance are $20 at full price, $16 for St. Bonaventure employees and senior citizens, and $5 for students. The performance is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature, and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.  

A special buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer is being extended by Friends of Good Music, in association with the Quick Center. Buy a ticket at any price level and you will receive a second ticket for free.  For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

 The Feb. 8 screening of “Lilies of the Field” is free and open to all.  The movie features the Academy Award winning performance of Sidney Poitier, the first African American male actor to receive an Oscar. The picture received four additional Oscar nominations, including the Best Supporting Actress nomination for Lilia Skala.  In the movie, Homer Smith, played by Poitier, is an itinerant handyman who meets five impoverished nuns while driving through the Arizona desert. He stops to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, then learns that not only will the Mother Superior, played by Lilia Skala, not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapel – for free!  Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. But although he will not receive a monetary award, Homer knows that when his work is done he’ll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than he found it.

 For tickets for the film screening, call The Quick Arts Center at (716) 375-2494. For the “Lilia!” performance, and for all Friends of Good Music events, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit

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Regina A Quick Center for the Arts
3261 West State Road St. Bonaventure University Campus
St. Bonaventure , NY 14778
United States
Phone: 716-375-2494
42° 4' 47.6472" N, 78° 29' 4.2756" W
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