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Aug. 8, 2001
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OSWEGO -- The theatre department at SUNY Oswego will play up variety during its 2001-02 main stage season and related events.
The season will begin with William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth." One of the Bard's most famous works, it is a compelling tale about the nature of evil as Lord and Lady Macbeth test the limits of conscience and fate.
"Macbeth" will be directed by Mark Cole, chair of the college's theatre department. Fight choreography is by Ricki Ravitts, a New York City-based fight director. The play will have an 8 p.m. Oct. 11 preview, shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, and wrap with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Oct. 21. The show will unfold in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The department's student honors production, directed by senior theatre major Jennifer Caruana, will be "The House of Yes" by Wendy MacLeod. This contemporary comedy centers on a wealthy family in the Washington, D.C., suburbs during a stormy Thanksgiving. Personalities clash and burn as Marty, who is trying to break free of his twin sister's obsession with the Kennedys, brings home a girlfriend for the holiday to meet the family.
The play will preview at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and will run at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 through 17, with a 2 p.m. staging Sunday, Nov. 18. The production will be in Tyler Hall's Lab Theatre.
The department will present a premiere of a company-developed production based on the poetry and prose of the Beat Generation. Directed by Thomas Rhett Kee, "The Beat and the City" involves an imaginary meeting of writers, poets and musicians in San Francisco in the early 1960s whose work went on to become a movement. Played out in a subterranean bookstore environment, the characters meet, quarrel, read their work, play their music and interact with audience members.
"The Beat and the City" will preview at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, with a run of 8 p.m. curtain times March 1, 2, 8 and 9 and a 2 p.m. matinee March 10, all in Waterman Theatre.
The season's final production will be the musical "The Apple Tree," presented with the SUNY Oswego music department. The trio of short stories focus on man, woman and temptation. "The Apple Tree" is directed and choreographed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the theatre faculty, with music direction by Julie Pretzat of the music faculty.
The first story, "The Diary of Adam and Eve," based on a story by Mark Twain, is a comic and bittersweet portrait of life in Eden. Desire and jealousy explode in "The Lady or the Tiger," based on the classic short story by Frank R. Stockton. The third act, titled "Passionella," is a Cinderella story for the TV generation adapted from a story by the cartoonist Jules Pfeiffer.
Following an 8 p.m. preview April 25, the show will run at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27 and May 4. The production, which will be staged in Waterman Theatre, will wrap with a 2 p.m. performance May 5.
"The productions not only provide an excellent showcase for the talented students here at Oswego, but also the opportunity for audiences to experience a diverse season of stimulating and thought-provoking entertainment," Cole said. "Once again, we will feature post-performance discussions during the run of each production."
Additional events presented by the department will include the Renaissance Madrigal Banquet (co-sponsored with the music department and Artswego) featuring a 16th century feast with vocal and instrumental music of the Renaissance and festivities performed by entertainers in period costume. Banquet performances will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in The Forum on the second floor of Hewitt Union.
"New Voices 2001," co-sponsored by Oswego's English Writing Arts Program, will feature staged readings of the six winners of Oswego's student-written 10-minute play contest. Show times will be 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Tyler Hall's Lab Theatre.
Information on all events is available from the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.
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