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College Students Present Comedy by Moliere
Wells College Theatre Department proudly presents Moliere’s The Schemings
of Scapin as this fall’s student drama production. The comedy will
be featured on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 beginning
at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall on the Aurora campus.
The Schemings of Scapin
is one of Moliere's most clever comedies, a visually stunning production
set in 16th century Italy and performed in the style of the commedia
dell'arte troupes. Lush bold colors and textures come alive in this
play brilliantly translated by Tim Mooney. The farce takes you along as
Scapin, the schemer, dupes two pompous dull-witted wealthy gentlemen of
their money, all while managing to convince them to approve the marriages
of their children’s choice. Slapstick, pratfalls, and physical comedy prevail
in this romping roller coaster ride.
Scapin is directed
by Wells theatre professor Susan Forbes, with scenery and lights by technical
director Joe DeForest and costumes by Judith Johnson of Ithaca. Movement
style is handled by Wells professor of dance, Jeanne Goddard, who heads
up the CRS Barn Studio of Ithaca.
Featured in the role of Scapin
is New York actor, Brian Monahan. Monahan, a graduate of the Trinity Repertory
Conservatory, has had such roles as Angel in Trinity Repertory Company’s
Cider House Rules, Caliban in The Tempest at the Serpent Child
Ensemble, Renfield in Dracula at The Little Theatre of Virginia
Beach, and Topper in A Christmas Carol directed by Hangar Theatre’s
Regional actor Lesley Kennedy
of Skaneateles will be seen in the role of Hyacinthe. Darlynne Stefanko
of Ithaca trained under Forbes at Wells and is featured as Scapin’s sidekick,
Sylvester. Ithaca College student Kim Dulchinos is dashing as the smitten
Wells College students comprise
the rest of the cast: Lily Cavanaugh of Ithaca is the self-centered father,
Argante. Lauren Noyes of Albany plays the blustering fool father, Geronte.
Kjrstn Barranti of Youngstown, Ohio feigns as the foppish lover, Leandre.
Dana Finegan of New Oxford, PA, is saucy as the clever gypsy girl, Zerbinette.
Sharon Gwozdz of Cleveland is seen as Carle, the dull-witted, stuttering
servant. Diana V. Gallego of Brooklyn is the sexy and coy servant, Nerine.
Zoe Malinchoch of Port Charles, Minnesota is lusciously long and lanky
as the drunken porter and doubles as an assistant stage manager to Nandani
Sinha of Montauk, NY.
Advance tickets are available
from the box office beginning September 1 by calling 315/364-3456, by emailing
or at the door the night of the show. Prices are $3 for students and senior
citizens, $5 for the Wells community, $7 general public. For more information
about the production, please contact professor Susan Forbes at 315/364-3232
Year Later, Photo Exhibit and Lecture at Wells College Focuses on the World
Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center is the focus of artist Vince
Grimaldi’s upcoming talk and photography exhibit at Wells College. The
exhibition will be on display in the Long Library beginning September 9
and running through September 30. Grimaldi will also give a lecture at
7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall,
on the Aurora campus. A reception for the artist will follow in the library.
Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
Intentionally scheduled to
coincide with the one-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedies, the
exhibit displays poignant images and captivating photographs of the Twin
Towers before their demolition. Taken years before the attacks, Grimaldi
“never thought they would be used in a show this way. I liked the way they
looked juxtaposed, gleaming against some of the older buildings.”
Grimaldi, a New Yorker at
heart, studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan before being drafted
to Korea in 1951. Following the war, he enrolled in The New School to study
photography, then did a three-year stint in Rome showing his work in local
galleries. He returned to New York in 1967 and continued with his photography
work, focusing on New York landmarks. Grimaldi moved to Providence in 1995.
addition to his photographs, Grimaldi also paints and does box constructions
and collages. His work hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, as well as the
Tate Gallery in London. A portion of the proceeds from the World Trade
Center shows go to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan, completely
destroyed when Tower 2 collapsed a year ago.
The Long Library hours are
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., Saturday noon to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to midnight. For
more information about Vince Grimaldi and the exhibit or talk, please contact
professor Susan Forbes at 315/364-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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