Oswego production selected for theatre festival

imageThe SUNY Oswego staging of “Dora: A Case of Hysteria” has been selected as one of six invited productions for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region II Festival at SUNY New Paltz later this month.

“Our student-directed production of ‘Dora’ received an enthusiastic response from the two respondents who viewed it during the November run,” said Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre at SUNY Oswego. “The work was acknowledged for its overall excellence and accomplished unity in production. ‘Dora’ stood apart from the wonderful work done in our region as particularly dynamic, effective and inspiring.”

KCACTF is a national university theatre program begun in 1969 to recognize the best and most diverse work among university and college theatre programs. Each of the eight national regions holds festivals that feature workshops, competitions and opportunities for theatre students to engage in the creative process in all areas of theatre including directing, playwriting, criticism, design, technical theatre and acting.

While having a production chosen for full performance is especially significant, SUNY Oswego has been involved with the Kennedy Center festival since 1993, Cole noted. “Over the years many of our productions have received awards of merit in such areas as scene design, stage management, directing and ensemble acting,” he said.

“Having our productions responded to by outside professionals and attending the regional festival each year reinforces a level of professionalism and critical evaluation that we aspire to and affords students the opportunities for creative growth and exposure to new ideas,” Cole added. “The various competitions at the regional festival also provide professional assessment of student work.”

The cast and crew are resuming rehearsals to prepare for two performances at the festival in New Paltz’s Park Theatre on Jan. 19, the last day of the five-day event. “The space will replicate as closely as possible the intimacy of the lab theatre production, which was done in the round,” Cole said. “We are indeed proud of the entire creative team who brought ‘Dora’ to such exciting life, and this affirmation of the student work is something to celebrate.”

Directed by senior theatre major Trevor Franklin, “Dora” features Allison Kleber as Dora, Nathaniel Angstrom as Sigmund Freud and Evan McNear as Papa. The student honors production adapted Kim Morrisey’s script based on one of Freud’s most famous case studies. The dark comedy originally ran at SUNY Oswego in November.

“It’s been a particularly exciting time for the department, receiving word of the honor,” Cole noted.

Region II includes New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia. This year the regional festival will host six productions that represent, in the words of Maggie Lally, the chair of Region II, “a wonderful balance of style, voice and imagination . . . a rich cross-section of the region.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Earning recognition—The SUNY Oswego theatre department’s production of “Dora: A Case of Hysteria” earned an invitation as one of six shows to be staged at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region II Festival at SUNY New Paltz. Students will perform the dark comedy twice on Jan. 19. Dora (Allison Kleber) confronts Sigmund Freud (Nathaniel Angstrom) in a production image from the honors production, directed and performed by SUNY Oswego students in November.

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Jan 03, 2007)