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All My Sons Opens April 15

photo by Abigail Oderman '18

An American suburb post World War II sets the scene for All My Sons, the spring theatrical production at Keuka College.

The story, written in 1947 by Arthur Miller, is a classic drama and case study in just how very wrong the American Dream can go.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, All My Sons opens Friday, April 15 in the Red Barn Theatre, with additional performances Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17. Each performance begins at 8 p.m.

“Keuka College and its Red Barn Theatre join a nation in celebrating playwright Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday in presenting this show,” said Wenderlich.

All My Sons follows successful businessman Joe Keller, who is enjoying a comfortable life with his wife, Kate, and son, Chris, in a home in pleasant American suburbia. The passing of World War II took with it their other son, Larry, who went missing three years ago and has yet to return. The acceptance of loss has set in for everyone except his mother.

photo by Abigail Oderman '18

While they enjoy the complacency and comfort of the post-war years, Larry’s fiancée Ann returns, and Chris wishes to marry her, much to Kate’s anguish and disapproval. Such an event could only mean one thing. But this is only a small taste of the drama that unfolds in this otherwise idyllic backyard setting.

Members of the cast include Philip Atherlay (Dr. Jim Bayliss), a senior educational studies major from Deposit; Braedon Rothenburg (Sue Bayliss), a sophomore art and design major from Cato; Dominick Koseba (Frank Lubey), a freshman organizational communication major from Cameron Mills; and Amelia Johnson (Lydia Lubey), a freshman childhood education major from Penn Yan.

All My Sons also features Keuka College alumni and staff members, including Kelsey R. Marquart ’12, who serves as the research and prospect manager at the College, portrays Ann Deever. Logan Ackerley ’13 returns to his alma mater to play Chris Keller in the production, while Justin Krog, data warehouse and IT analytics manager for the College’s information technology office, depicts George Deever.

Nicholas Xavier, son of Assistant Professor of Spanish Malia Spofford-Xavier, makes his acting debut as Bert.

Eileen Lynch Farrar, a Penn Yan resident who has been in previous performances at the College, and has served on the board of the PENNsylvania YANkee Theatre Co. (PYTCo.), portrays Kate Keller. Pat Fegley, a Geneva resident who has also worked with PYTCo. and acted in College performances, portrays Joe Keller.

Members of the crew include stage managers Kaitlyn Wentworth, a junior management major from Newark, and Taylor McIntyre, a sophomore criminology/criminal justice major from Trumansburg.

photo by Abigail Oderman '18

Tickets for the performances are $5 for Keuka College students, faculty, and staff and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at https://ticketpeak.com/res/kcbarn. Those who are on campus can purchase tickets by contacting Karen Reed at (315) 279-5674 or email [email protected] Seating is limited.

The School for Lies is Keuka College Fall Theatrical Production

The brightest, wittiest salon in Paris, circa 1666, sets the scene for The School for Lies, the fall theatrical production at Keuka College.

The comedy, nearly 350 years in the making and written by David Ives, is a variation on Molière’s The Misanthrope. The story centers on Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she’s being sued for it.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, The School for Lies opens Friday, Oct. 16. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Red Barn Theatre, with additional performances Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Oct.18 at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The performances are part of the College’s Green & Gold Celebration weekend.

Surrounded by shallow suitors whom Celimene lives off of without surrendering to, she has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died—until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, Frank turns Celimene’s world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again. Never mind that their love affair has been engineered by a couple of well-placed lies.

Mark Wenderlich

The School for Lies is a rambunctious, sexy, romp of a play,” said Wenderlich, who also serves as the play’s light technician.

Members of the cast include Michael Musolino (Philinte), a junior American Sign Language (ASL) major from Oneida; Dominick Koseba (Acaste), a freshman organizational communication major from Wayne; Brittany Johnson (Eliante), a freshman biology major from Lakawanna; Dontae Carter (Clitander), a freshman political science/history major from Rochester; and Philip Atherlay (Oronte), a senior exploratory major from Deposit.

The School for Lies also features several Keuka College alumni, including Kelsey Marquart ’12, who serves as the research and prospect manager at the College, who portrays Celimene; Logan Ackerley ’14 plays Frank; and Zakkarey Miller ’15, will interpret the characters Dubios and Basque.

Eileen Farr, a Penn Yan resident who has been in previous performances at the College, who serves on the board of the PENNsylvania YANkee Theatre Co. portrays Arsinoe.

Members of the crew include Katherine Baker (stage manager), a freshman ASL major from Glens Falls; Chelsea Laforme (assistant stage manager), a freshman biology major from Kenmore; Amelia Johnson (prop master), a freshman unified childhood education major from Penn Yan; Dylan Thomas (sound technician), a senior management major from Kent; and Breeanna Rothenburg (seamstress), a sophomore art and design major from Cato.

Ann Shepardson, who serves on the board of the PENNsylvania YANkee Theatre Co. and is a member of the Sampson Theatre Advisory Committee, serves as a seamstress for the production’s costumes.

Students taking the Theater 101 class will serve as ushers during the performances.

Tickets for the performances are $5 for Keuka College students, faculty, and staff and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Karen Reed at (315) 279-5674 or email [email protected] Seating is limited. This play contains adult themes and is not recommended for children.

For more events during Green & Gold Weekend, visit greenandgold.keuka.edu.

Keuka College’s Fall Theatrical Production is set 614 Years Ago

Brian Cobb '08 M'11 (l) and John P. Christensen rehearse a scene from The Lady's Not for Burning

A  romantic comedy in three acts, Keuka College’s fall theatrical production, The Lady’s Not for Burning  is set in the Middle Ages.

Written by Christopher Fry, the play reflects the world’s “exhaustion and despair” following World War II, with a war-weary soldier who wants to die, and an accused witch who wants to live. In form, it resembles Shakespeare’s pastoral comedies.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, The Lady’s Not for Burning opens Friday, Oct. 17. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Red Barn Theater, with additional performances Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

“There are some neat angles in this show, as the play is co-produced by the Penn Yan Theatre Co. (PYTCo.), the Division of Humanities and Fine Art, and the Arion Players Drama Club,” said Wenderlich. “Two town people are in the cast, and we also have two alumni and a staff member [in the production].”

Thomas Mendip, a discharged soldier, weary of the world and eager to leave it, comes to small town Cool Clary, announces he has committed murder and demands to be hanged. A philosophical humorist, Thomas is annoyed when the officials oppose his request, even believing he is not guilty of the crime he suggests. Shortly afterward, a young woman, Jennet, is brought before the mayor for witchcraft, but for some strange reason she has no wish to be put to death.

Jake Banas (l), Eileen Farrar, and Justin Krog rehearse a scene from Keuka College's fall theatrical production

A dark comedy of rare wit and exulted language, Thomas tries, in his own way, to prove to the official how absurd it would be to refuse to hang a man who wants to be hanged, and at the same time to kill a woman who is not only guiltless, but doesn’t want to die. Jennet enjoys the banter, and soon sees the merit in Thomas the man.

The mayor’s family members, clerks and officials gather for an impending wedding and seem to be stuck with the dilemma of two uninvited people—who may or may not be hanged in the morning—who must be included in the pre-nuptial activities.

First produced in England, The Lady’s Not for Burning had a successful run in New York. It has proved, because of its delightful freshness, the dramatic thrust of its poetry, and the sheer high spirits with which the author has endowed his characters, a joy to producer and actor, as well as to the audience.

The New York Herald Tribune called it “a poetic fantasy of rare splendor and delight…a work of magical humor and deep beauty.”

Ryan Gillotti and Alicia Brown rehearse a scene from The Lady's Not for Burning

The cast includes Ryan Gillotti (Richard), a senior American Sign Language-English interpreting major from Auburn; Alicia Brown (Alizon Elliot), a senior occupational science major from Kirkwood; Phil Atherlay (Nichols), a junior adolescent English/special education major from Deposit; Jake Banas (Chaplain), a senior English major from Delmar; and Caleigh Alterio ’14 (Jennet Jourdamaine), who is pursuing her degree in occupational therapy.

Justin Krog, program developer for the College’s Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), portrays Tappercoom. Penn Yan resident Brian Cobb ’08, M’11 will return to his alma mater to portray Thomas Mendip in the production. Cobb teaches English at Penn Yan Academy. Logan Ackerly ’14 also returns to his alma mater and will portray Humphrey. Ackerly serves as an installation merchandiser at Hallmark Cards in the Greater New York City Area. John P. Christensen, reporter for the Penn Yan Chronicle Express portrays Hebble Tyson, mayor. Eileen Farrar, a Penn Yan resident who has worked with PYTCo., portrays Margaret.

Amelia Gonnella, a freshman clinical science major from Marcellus, serves as stage manager.

Tickets are $5 for Keuka College students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $10 for the general public. Seating is limited. Tickets for The Lady’s not for Burning can be purchased in advance on instantseats.com, and are available at the box office.

“Odd Couple” Update Opens Oct.24

Ryan Gillotti (l) and Logan Ackerely rehearse a scene from Oscar and Felix (photo by Sarah Marquart '14)

Two mismatched roommates, who both have been thrown out by their wives, sets the scene for Oscar and Felix, the fall theatrical production at Keuka College.

The comedy, written by Neil Simon, is an update to his The Odd Couple, and pits slobbish Oscar Madison against his best-friend-turned-roommate, the ultra fastidious Felix Ungar, in a pitched battle to see who’ll drive the other insane first.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, Oscar and Felix opens Thursday, Oct. 24. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Red Barn Theatre, with additional performances Friday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

The story finds Madison, a bachelor since his wife, Blanche, kicked him out years ago, living as he pleases. His apartment is in a constant state of disarray, discarded clothes lie all over the place, and he hosts regular poker games with his pals.

Enter Felix, who has just been given the boot by his wife, Frances. With nowhere to turn, he shows up at Oscar’s place where his friends, tipped off about the breakup, are constantly—and hilariously—on guard against suicide attempts by their distraught friend.

Left to right: Ryan Gillotti, Sini Ngobese, Logan Ackerley, and Sierra Lynch.(Photo by Sarah Marquart '14)

The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre March 10, 1965 and transferred to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. It closed July 2, 1967 after 964 performances and two previews. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast starred Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar. The production gained Tony Awards for best actor, best author, best direction of a play, and best scenic design. It was also nominated for best play.

The characters were revived in a successful 1968 film and 1970s television series, as well as other derivative works and spin-offs, including an adaption with a female cast. In addition to performances in venues across the United States, The Odd Couple has been seen in Scotland, England, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, and Poland.

Members of the cast include Logan Ackerley (Oscar Madison), a senior political science/history major from Liberty; Ryan Gillotti (Felix Ungar), a junior American Sign Language-English major from Auburn; Joe Micnerski (Roy), a sophomore English major from Grayslake, Ill.; Michael Musolino (Speed), a freshman American Sign Language-English interpreting major from Durhamville; Marco Cartwright (Vinnie), a senior management major from Painted Post; Sini Ngobese (Inez Costazuela), a junior management major from Durban, South Africa; and Sierra Lynch (Hoolya Costazuela), a junior psychology major from Watervliet. Justin Krog, program developer for the College’s Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), portrays Murray.

Oscar and Felix will run Oct. 24-27 in the Red Barn Theatre. (Photo by Sarah Marquart '14)

Members of the crew include Kelsey R. Marquart ’12 (stage manager), technical support technician for ITS; Danica Zielinski (light designer), a senior American Sign Language major from Congers; Jake Banas (costume designer), a junior English major from Delmar; Caleigh Alterio (light board operator), a senior occupational science major from Akron; Elijah Snipes (sound board operator), a senior psychology major from Rochester; P. Gibson Ralph, (set designer); and Dan Roach, (sound designer).

Ralph is chair of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and an associate professor of theatre at SUNY Brockport, while Roach has worked with the Eastman Opera, Geva Theatre, and Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, among others.

The Oct. 24 performance will benefit the cast members’ 2014 trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. All tickets are $7 and will be on sale at the door. Tickets for the other three performances are $5 for Keuka students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $10 for the general public. Seating is limited.

“Almost” is Spring Theatrical Production

Ryan Gillotti and Danica Zielinski in a scene from Almost, Maine

A cold, moonless December sets the tone for romance, heartache and humor in Keuka College’s spring theatrical production of Almost, Maine.

A romantic comedy written by American actor John Cariani and directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, the play opens Thursday, April 18. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Red Barn Theatre. Additional performances are Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

The play is composed of nine short plays that explore love and loss in the remote, mythical place called Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky, the residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

The New York Times wrote that Almost, Maine is “a comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows.”

Logan Ackerley and Caleigh Alterio from a scene in Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine premiered at the Portland (Maine) Stage Company, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. Almost, Maine is featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. The play was selected by The Wall Street Journal and the American National Theatre as one of the most outstanding regional theatre productions of the 2004-05 season.

Members of the cast include Logan Ackerley, a junior political science/history major from Liberty (Peter, Jimmy, Randy, Lendall, and Dave); Caleigh Alterio, a junior occupational science major from Akron (Ginette, Sandrine, Hope); Ryan Gillotti, a sophomore American Sign Language-English major from Cayuga (East, Chad, Man); Danica Zielinski, a junior American Sign Language major from Congers (Glory); Sierra Lynch, a junior psychology major from Watervliet (Marvalyn, Waitress); Joe Micnerski, a freshman English major from Grayslake, Ill. (Steve, Phil); and Sini Ngobese, a sophomore management major from Durban, South Africa (Rhonda, Gayle, Marci).

Members of the crew include Zielinski (stage manager, costume designer, and set designer); Dan Roach (sound designer); Stephen Funk, a senior psychology major from Homer (sound board operator); P. Gibson Ralph (light designer); and Erica Ruscio, a senior English major from Middlesex (light board operator).

Ralph is chair of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and an associate professor of theatre at SUNY Brockport, while Roach has worked with the Eastman Opera, Geva Theatre and Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, among others.

Tickets for the performances are $5 for Keuka students, faculty, staff, and alumni and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door. Seating is limited.