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July 24, 2002
 
VARIETY TO TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR SUNY OSWEGO THEATRE SEASON
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's theatre season for 2002-03 will spotlight variety -- from Shakespearean comedy to musical drama to the story of the 20th century's darkest hours.
The season will open with William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre. Music for songs is by Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of music. The play is filled with "enchanting lyrical poetry, earthy humor and unforgettable characters," Cole said.
"This is an exuberant and festive play about the unpredictable and often hilarious process of true love," Cole said. "The team behind the designs for last season's 'Macbeth' will work on 'Midsummer.' Professor Kitty Macey designs costumes and newly appointed Assistant Professor Joseph Rial designs the scenery. Senior theatre major Sara Lyon designs the lights for the production."
The play will preview Thursday, Oct. 17, and performances continue at 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The department's annual student honors production, produced by Blackfriars and the Student Association, will be "Little Footsteps," directed by senior theatre major Sondra Tackett. This contemporary Ted Tally play centers on an unease which escalates to irrational fear for a young urban couple taking their first frenzied steps towards parenthood.
First produced in 1986 at Playwright's Horizon's in New York, "Little Footsteps" was celebrated as a "civilized, literate, mind-stretching entertainment" by New York magazine.
"The play is an inventive, wildly funny and compassionate portrait of a married couple trying to grow up before their baby does," Cole said. The production in Tyler Hall's lab theatre has an 8 p.m. preview Nov. 19 and shows Nov. 20, 21, 22 and 23, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 24.
Blackfriars and the Student Association, in connection with the music department, will next present "The Secret Garden," a musical based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
In the play, orphaned Mary Lennox returns to England to live with her Uncle Archibald, who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. While the headstrong Mary attempts to understand her troubled uncle, she discovers her bedridden cousin, Colin, who believes he is incurable. Mary follows her instincts to heal a broken family and affirm life's connection to the mysteries of nature. Direction is by theatre department faculty member Jonel Langenfeld-Rial with musical direction by Pretzat.
There is an 8 p.m. curtain for "The Secret Garden" for the Feb. 27 preview and for shows Feb. 28 and March 1, 7 and 8. There is a 2 p.m. matinee March 9. All shows are in Waterman Theatre
The season finale, "The Diary of Anne Frank," is a contemporary classic that tells the story of a teen-ager who confronts her rapidly
changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination, Cole said. The voice and character of Anne, in this new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's work, shines through for a new generation, he added.
Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Paul Savas, the play will preview at 8 p.m. April 24 and begin at 8 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 3, with a 2 p.m. matinee May 4, in Waterman Theatre. It is presented in association with the Oswego Reading Initiative, which asks the campus community to read Ruth Gruber's Holocaust-related book "Haven."
Tickets for the individual performances cost $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students -- except for "The Secret Garden," where tickets are $12 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.
Other events include the Renaissance Madrigal Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in The Forum in Hewitt Union. Co-sponsored by the music department and Artswego, it serves up a 16th-century feast of food and entertainment. Tickets are $32 for general admission; $30 for seniors, students and children; and $28 for SUNY Oswego students.
At 8 p.m. March 15 and 16 in the lab theatre, "New Voices 2003," co-sponsored with the English writing arts program, will feature staged readings of the six winners of SUNY Oswego's annual 10-minute play contest for students. There is no admission charge for this event.
"The season showcases the creative work of our talented and energetic students, majors and non-majors alike, under the guidance of a dedicated faculty and staff," Cole said. "As we move into the 35th anniversary year for the theatres in Tyler Hall, we are especially excited to present these plays that, although they span centuries, deal with the journeys of youthful protagonists, reconciliation and hope."
For information about ticket reservations, the subscription series or group rates, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.
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