Cast juggles characters, time periods in 'Infinity's House'

The SUNY Oswego theatre department will begin its 2004-05 season when the modern drama “Infinity’s House” opens Friday, Oct. 8, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre on campus.

Penned by Ellen McLaughlin, the play blends three time periods as settlers, lost in the desert of New Mexico, struggle with love, friendship and survival. The story takes place against the backdrop of famed scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his associates debating morality and science on the eve of the first atomic bomb test.

“‘Infinity’s House’ is the perfect drama for the SUNY Oswego,” said the play’s director, Paul Savas. “It’s a humorous and dramatic look at science and history, while exploring the great psychological quandaries and ethical quagmires of the time. Ellen has blended these ideas into a work of art that will be as compelling to think about as it will be beautiful to look at.”

McLaughlin is best known for having originated the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.” She appeared in every original U.S. production, from earliest workshops through its Broadway run. Her work as a playwright has also brought her national acclaim.

The cast for this production includes SUNY Oswego students as well as members of the community.

SUNY Oswego students cast include Lucaya Luckey-Bethany as Fraulein Mittel, Samantha Mason as Annie, Meaghan Thaney as Catches Rain, Joe Hubert as Sean and Michael Climek as Oppenheimer.

Numerous student actors will perform multiple roles. These include John Dillon as Asa and Matt; Brian Heyman as Joe, Gratt and Katz; Brian Loughlin as Ah Sook and Swaver; Jonathan Altman as Plug and Cass; Zach Levin as Rabi and Doolin; Justin McVey as Gao Gum Sang and Serber; Greg Salmon as Edelstein and Gai Gung; Ryan Sprague as Ba Ye Cung and Bethe; Patrick Tobiasson as Carl, Kistiakowsky and a soldier; and James Vincent as Ah Sai and a soldier.

Three actors—Steven Screws, Kristine Whalen and Steve White—share the role of the Indian shaman, who haunts the action throughout.

Community members cast for “Infinity’s House” include Brian Gallogly as General Groves and Jimmy, Eric Cronk as Silas and Turpin, and Tieman Godwaldt as Nathan.

The design team includes SUNY Oswego theatre faculty Joe Rial as scenic and lighting designer; Kathleen Macey, costume designer; Michael DeAlmeida, sound designer; and Johan Godwaldt, technical director.

A preview performance of “Infinity’s House” will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, with all seats priced at $5.

The show’s main run will feature 8 p.m. performances Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16, with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee Oct. 17. Tickets for these shows cost $10, $9 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. 

For reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Sep 15, 2004)