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Jan. 7, 2004

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    OSWEGO -- "Living Memory (Memoire Vive)," a dreamlike production by world-traveling troupe Les Deux Mondes, will weave its storyline twice at SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre. A French version will be staged at 10:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with an English production at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.

    "What's different about this production is that it is a one-woman show with eight technical people and that it developed from an idea," Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos said. A collaborative process, which included such unusual approaches as auditioning toys, culminated in a show that will follow the lifelong, living memories of its main character, Avrakotos added.    

    "Young and old alike left the theatre feeling as they would at the end of a fantastic voyage," El Sol De Mexico newspaper noted in a review. "The play is a memory game that seems to tell the story of a simple woman, but really talks about life and the pleasure of living."

    While the imagery sometimes borders on the surreal, all audiences will identify with the overall message, Avrakotos predicted. "Regardless of your age, you will find and pull something from this piece," she said. "The overall work is very accessible, compelling and uplifting."

    The universal themes also mean that audiences need not be fluent in French to enjoy the Feb. 6 version, Avrakotos said.   

    The Oswego performances are made possible with support from the Office of International Education and Programs at SUNY Oswego and the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo/Consulat General du Canada, Buffalo. Media support is provided by WCNY Classic FM and Clear Channel Radio through its affiliate station, 570-WSYR.

    Tickets cost $15, or $12 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students. For information or reservations, call 312-2141 or e-mail   

    The production also ties into the first-ever Laker Days festival running from Feb. 6 to 8 at SUNY Oswego. Featuring live entertainment, home intercollegiate athletic events, intramural athletic contests, a bonfire/pep rally and more, Laker Days is funded by an NCAA Choices grant to promote institutional pride through strengthening active participation of the student body in intercollegiate athletic contests and other alcohol-free campus-sponsored events. For more information on Laker Days, visit

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'Living Memory' coming to campus

LIFE JOURNEY -- Catherine Archambault plays a woman journeying through her own life in the dreamlike production "Living Memory (Memoire Vive)" by Les Deux Mondes. SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre will host two performances of the internationally acclaimed piece: a French version at 10:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and an English production at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The collaborative production is a concept-based one-woman show supported by eight technical professionals. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for seniors and students. For information or reservations, call 312-2141 or e-mail

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