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Oct. 24, 2001
 
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COMEDIC 'HOUSE OF YES' PROVIDES FOUNDATION
FOR SKILLS OF SUNY OSWEGO THEATRE STUDENTS
OSWEGO -- "The House of Yes," this year's SUNY Oswego student honors production, will showcase the talents of theatre department students in the Tyler Hall lab theatre from Nov. 14 to 18.
"One of the strengths of the department is that our students learn theatre by doing it," said SUNY Oswego theatre department Chairman Mark Cole. "The honors production continues to be a vital part of the program, offering an opportunity to qualified students not only to perform but also design and direct a main stage production."
"The House of Yes" opens with Marty Pascal (Matt DeHond) bringing his fiancee, Lesly (Desiree Fors), home to meet his family during Thanksgiving.
Although the comedic play takes place in 1983, Marty faces a family that is stuck in 1963 -- the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated -- and the day Marty's father disappeared.
Marty's twin sister, Jackie (Brooke Stone), believes she is and fashions herself as Jackie Kennedy, while younger brother Anthony (Kevin Keleher) has set his sights on Marty's fiancee. Their mother, whose grip on reality is questionable, is played by Joelle Myszka.
Student director Jennifer Caruana chose the play in part because of its dark comedy aspect. There are no monologues in the play, as characters engage in roundhouse banter throughout the show, said Caruana, a senior with a dual major in English and theatre. The plot never seems to go quite where the audience may expects and leads to a thought-provoking conclusion, she added.
DeHond appeared as Banquo and Keleher played Angus in the recent production of "Macbeth." Theatre-goers may also remember Keleher for his performance as Lun Tha in Waterman Summer Theatre's "The King and I." Fors was last seen in "Angels in America" with her wild, well-received portrayal of the "bag lady" character.
"The House of Yes" was adapted in 1997 as a movie starring Parker Posey, Tori Spelling and Freddie Prinze Jr.
A preview performance of "The House of Yes" will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, with all seats available for $5.
The play has 8 p.m. curtain times from Nov. 14 to 17. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets for these shows are $9 for the general public, $8 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.
Reservations can be made by calling the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or by e-mailing tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
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