Alumna to perform in support of scholarship

imageActress, storyteller and poetry/spoken word performer Millie Quinones-Dunlap will return to her alma mater to present her one-woman show “Through the Eyes of a Bronx Girl” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Bell Auditorium in Hewitt Union.

Quinones-Dunlap’s performance will benefit the Returning Excellence Among College Honors Scholarship fund. The REACH Scholarship, sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, supports academic excellence and leadership for a student of color. The scholarship, which is open to both genders, was established at Oswego’s 2002 Return to Oz II alumni of color reunion.

Quinones-Dunlap is a 1995 graduate of SUNY Oswego. As a theatre major, she appeared in productions of “The Boys Next Door,” “Our Country’s Good,” “The Enchanted Pig” and “Orientation Express.”

Originally from the Bronx and currently living in Rochester, she has performed her poetry and character sketches at clubs and theatre venues in Rochester, including the GeVa Theatre. 

The 10 characters Quinones-Dunlap portrays in “Through the Eyes of a Bronx Girl” range from a job applicant as a greeting card writer to a self-proclaimed “karaoke queen.” Through poetry/spoken word, storytelling, song and hip-hop dance, a story of struggle, survival and commitment emerges in this high-energy performance, said Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre at SUNY Oswego.

Quinones-Dunlap draws on her Bronx upbringing as well as her current life as a wife, mother and librarian at Olympia High School in Greece to create what she subtitles “Every Woman’s Story.”

“We’re delighted to have Millie return to campus,” Cole said. “The detailed character work and the often surreal comic invention of the performance makes for a thought-provoking and highly entertaining evening.”

The fund-raiser is sponsored by the Department of Campus Life, the theatre department and the Oswego alumni of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Ticket prices are $5 ($3 for SUNY Oswego students), with all proceeds supporting the REACH Scholarship at the college. For those who wish to support at a higher level, there is an opportunity for a $10 special donation.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to attend this event should call 312-2301 in advance.

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(Posted: Oct 08, 2004)