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Sept. 27, 2000
 
TALK TO FOLLOW 'DORIAN GRAY'
OSWEGO -- The Thursday, Oct. 12, performance of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at Oswego State's Waterman Theatre will feature a post-performance discussion.
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 of Tyler Hall. For information and ticket reservations, call 341-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
The discussion after "Dorian Gray" will include Mark Cole, director of the production and chair of the Oswego State theatre department, and members of the cast, with guests from two departments. Dr. Helen Bittel, a visiting assistant professor in the department of English, and Dr. Laura H. Brown, an assistant professor in the psychology department, will take part in the discussion.
Bittel's specialties include British literature (Victorian and modern), composition and women's studies. Brown teaches courses in lifespan and development.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray," adapted by Cole with original music composed by Dr. Julie Pretzat of Oswego State's music department, is the story of an artist's obsession with the handsome Dorian Gray. When the artist's portrait of Gray takes on a life of its own after Dorian wishes for eternal youth and beauty, it seems that Dorian can engage in a life of hedonism with no conscience.
Although written in the early 1890s, Wilde's tale "is timeless in its depiction of the longing for an ideal, the meaning of art to life and the essential duality of human nature," according to Cole. "In addition to the sense of mystery that the story captures, the production is also filled with the comic wit that Wilde's writing is known for."
This will be the third year that the theatre department has featured discussions after selected performances.
"The response has been encouraging and the chance to hear audience questions and comments immediately after a performance is enlightening for all concerned. It certainly adds to the educational context of our program here," Cole said.
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