Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 13, 2000
'DORIAN GRAY' TO OPEN
OSWEGO THEATRE SEASON
OSWEGO -- The theatre department of Oswego State will open its 2000-2001 season with a stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde's stylishly eerie novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
The play will run from Wednesday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall. Special school performances are scheduled at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 and 12.
The story of the play centers on an artist's obsession with the young and handsome Dorian Gray. The obsession results in a portrait of Gray, and after Gray wishes that he might always remain as young as the image in the portrait, he gets his wish.
First published in 1891, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" created a sensation that touched off a heated public debate over art versus morality.
"The play is both sinister and delightful. 'Dorian Gray' is filled with wit and perception," says Mark Cole, chair of the Oswego State theatre department, who adapted the novel for the stage and will direct the performance. "Wilde summed up the anxieties and obsessions of the late Victorian age and has much to tell us about our own."
Julie Pretzat of the music department composed music for the songs in the play. Scenery and lighting design will be by William Russell Stark Sr., with costume design by Kitty Macey, both of the theatre department.
Choreography is by Samantha DeLuke, a senior theatre major. Production stage manager will be Rebecca Berlin, a senior majoring in broadcasting and theatre. Dramaturgy for the production will be shared by Brian Pringle and Kate McGrath, also seniors, majoring in theatre and business administration, respectively.
Blackfriars and Student Association will produce "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
For information and ticket reservations, call the box office at 341-2141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTACT: Mark Cole, chair of the theatre department, 341-2140
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