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Tony Award-winning The Heidi Chronicles Opens April 12

The cast of The Heidi Chronicles rehearses a scene in this Wendy Wasserstein drama.

Keuka College’s spring theater production will be Wendy Wasserstein’s drama The Heidi Chronicles.

The play will be staged Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15 in the College’s Red Barn Theatre. Curtain is 8 p.m. for the Thursday, April 12-14 shows, and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The April 12 performance will benefit the cast members’ trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, the play traces Heidi Holland from high school in the 1960s to her career as a successful art historian more than 20 years later. The play follows the changing role of women during this time period, describing both Heidi’s ardent feminism during the 1970s and her eventual sense of betrayal during the 1980s. Though most of the characters are women, there is Peter Patrone, a pediatrician who is Heidi’s best friend, and Scoop Rosenbaum, a magazine editor who marries and has many affairs, and with whom Heidi has a tense friendship.

Winner of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award,  The Heidi Chronicles was first presented by Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons and went on to become a long-run Broadway success.

Makenna Moon and Jake Banas in a scene from The Heidi Chronicles.

Variety magazine says “not many plays manage Heidi’s feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions,” while The New York Daily News calls The Heidi Chronicles “witty, hilarious, and not just a funny play, but a wise one.” BackStage says “the writing is emotional and heartfelt, with rare qualities in today’s trivial theatre, and all the more extraordinary when combined with perceptive characterizations and witty dialogue.”

Members of the cast include: Makenna Moon (Heidi Holland), a senior political science/history major from Atlanta, N.Y.; Jessamine Qualman (Susan Johnston) , a junior unified childhood/special education major from Glassboro, N.J.;  Jake Banas (Peter Patrone), a freshman exploratory major from Delmar; Logan Ackerley (Scoop Rosenbaum), a sophomore political science/history major from Liberty; Seth Case (Chris Boxer, Mark, Waiter, Ray, and Steve), a freshman unified childhood/special education major from Newark; Jessica Gonzales (Jill, Debbie, Lisa, and April), a junior English major from Hastings-on-Hudson; Danica Zielinski (Fran and Betsy), a sophomore American Sign Language major from Congers; Caleigh Alterio (Becky, Denise, and Molly), a sophomore occupational science major from Akron; and Sierra Lynch (Clara), a sophomore psychology major from Watervliet.

In addition to directing the play, Wenderlich also serves as lighting designer. The stage manager is Kelsey R. Marquart, a senior English major from Auburn; the assistant stage manager is Michele Morris, a freshman unified childhood/special education major from Killbuck, and the set is designed by Zielinski.

Dan Roach, who serves as sound and projection designer, has worked with the Eastman Opera production of Inherit the Wind. The light board operator is Erica Ruscio, a junior English and verbal and visual art major from Middlesex, and the sound board operator is Elijah Snipes, a junior psychology major from Rochester.

Tickets are $4 for faculty, staff, and students and $7 for the general public. All seats for the April 12 performance are $7, and will be on sale at the door.

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