Students to stage satirical comedy 'As Bees in Honey Drown'

This year’s student honors theatre production will explore the harsh realities of existence and the pathway to trust and self-transformation through the satirical play “As Bees in Honey Drown” Nov. 15 to 20 in Tyler Hall’s lab theatre.

Rehearsal image from 'As Bees in Honey Drown'Directed by junior theatre major Jacob Luria, the show will preview at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, and will run Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 16 to 19, at 8 p.m. each day, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. SUNY Oswego’s theatre department, Blackfriars student theatre organization and Student Association present the annual student honors production.

First appearing in 1997 in New York City, the play is a satirical comedy by American playwright Douglas Carter Beane, who won an Outer Critics Circle Award for the work.

In a world where fortune and success are embodied by good looks and glamour, “As Bees in Honey Drown” portrays the life of aspiring writer Evan Wyler (Daniel Distasio), who may be on the path to fortune when he comes face to face with the beautiful yet deceiving Alexa Vere de Vere (Courtney Bennett).

‘Fun house of mirrors’

Luria will direct the cast through the emotional distress of the characters, as Evan and other con victims encounter the ruthlessness and untrustworthiness that creep up in life. Rebeca Schretzlmeir, vice president of Blackfriars, is stage manager.

“The play is about the clash between the glamour and harshness of reality and about self-conscious transformation,” Luria said. “The world presents itself with colors, bright lights, sex, images and entertainment, all of which make society seem full of famous and successful people.”

The audience may come away a little more cautious when making life-altering decisions based on money or fame, the director said. As Luria explained, there comes a time in the lives of all when they must decide what they want, how to achieve it and whom they must become in order to obtain their dreams. 

“As Bees in Honey Drown” is like a “funhouse of mirrors,” Luria said. “Each mirror distorts your image differently and, although they are fun, exciting and interesting, there is only one that shows your true image.”

The show is for mature audiences as it contains adult material and partial nudity.

Preview tickets are $5. Tickets for each show in the run cost $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over, non-SUNY Oswego students and for SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). For reservations, visit or call the Tyler box office at 312-2141.

Parking is free in campus lots for those attending this play.

PHOTO CAPTION: Temptation eyes—Evan Wyler (SUNY Oswego actor Daniel Distasio) encounters the alluring, cunning and ruthless Alexa Vere de Vere (Courtney Bennett) in “As Bees in Honey Drown,” the college’s fall student honors production previewing Tuesday, Nov. 15, and running Nov. 16 to 20 in Tyler Hall’s lab theatre.

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(Posted: Oct 28, 2011)

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