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Oct. 31, 2001
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"HOUSE OF YES" CHRISTENS RENOVATED THEATRE
OSWEGO -- The SUNY Oswego student honors production of "The House of Yes" will christen the recently renovated Tyler Hall lab theatre. The dark comedy will run from Nov. 14 to 18.
"The House of Yes" is the first major show in the lab theatre in nearly two years. The basement-level theatre had been unavailable during a major, $1.6 million dollar renovation project that included work on several areas of infrastructure as well as a new plaza connecting the college's central buildings with its west campus.
"We are thrilled that the lab theatre is once again open," said Mark Cole, chair of the SUNY Oswego theatre department. "The space is not only used as a classroom for all of our performance classes, but also as the venue for the student honors production. Audiences and actors appreciate the intimacy of the lab, and designers and directors are challenged by the possibilities of creating a theatrical environment in this open space."
Student director Jennifer Caruana said she is excited about being the first to direct in renovated venue. She plans an ambitious staging in the lab, even though it is much smaller than the stage in Waterman Theatre -- where most big productions unfold -- and the play's action is limited to the bedroom and the living room of the Pascal family.
"Originally, we had set it in the round, but we had problems with sight lines around furniture and other set pieces," Caruana said.
Now she is doing it with a thrust configuration, where the audience surrounds three-fourths of the stage. She also is interested in working a catwalk into the staging.
"I've seen a lot of really good shows in the lab theatre," said Caruaua, a senior with a dual major in theatre and English. "I really hope mine measures up."
A preview performance of "The House of Yes" will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, with all seats available for $5.
The play has 8 p.m. curtain times from Nov. 14 to 17. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets for these shows are $9 for the general public, $8 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.
Reservations can be made by calling the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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