Theatrical Undertaking, "Seven Sins,"
Premieres at MCCC Nov. 9-18
A unique collaborative
performance event premieres at MCCC in November. Created by students,
faculty, alumni and professional award-winning guest artists, "Seven
Sins" features four, original one-act plays and three dance
numbers in a production that is "every bit as fanciful, dramatic,
raunchy, and deadly as the sins themselves," according to MCCC
Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person, the show's creative director
and producer. "Seven Sins" will be performed on Fridays
and Saturdays, November 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday,
Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey
Theatre, on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Sins" will offer artistic interpretations of all seven sins,
starting with sloth in "Acedia's Sunshine," written
by Theatre program graduate Josiah DeAndrea and directed by Louis
Wells. The play features Dan O'Boyle as Trey, Stephanie Landau as
Laura, and Michael V. Mitchell as Neil. The plot centers on Trey,
who, convinced he is learning nothing in college, gives up on his
classes, his best friend, his girlfriend, and even getting up to
go to the bathroom. Only two things will get him to move: A full
refund of his college tuition or the fulfillment of an unusual fantasy
involving a unicorn. But given the absence of sympathetic college
administrators and available unicorns, how will his friends break
Trey's funk and get him to move?
a dance number conceived and choreographed by MCCC dance instructor
Janell Byrne, features students Benita Baron, Ricki Hearns, Molly
Restine, Jessica Ristow, Anne Marie Ryfinski and Victor Ruiz. The
piece explores the quest for knowledge, creativity, strength and
beauty. Everyone wants these traits and may envy those who have
them, but how far would we go to achieve what we lack?
sin of pride will be explored in "John Brown's Bodies,"
written by Lou J Stalsworth and directed by NYC guest artist
Michole Biancosino. The play features Dan Lownie as the Inquisitor,
Maureen Hackett as Mary Brown, Keith Harper, Jr., as Frederick Douglass,
Keenan McDonald as John Brown. Chorus members include Doreen Griffin,
Latoya Hill, Abena Oferi-Atta and DeHaven Rogers. Based on actual
historical events, "John Brown's Bodies" follows the fall
of John Brown, a militant white abolitionist in 19th century America,
and asks disturbing questions about Brown's legacy in light of the
terrorist attacks of 9-11. How far is too far when fighting for
one's beliefs? What is the true cost of liberty and justice for
will be explored in "A Sin Worth Immortality,"
a dance conceived and choreographed by MCCC dance student Erik A.
Rojas and featuring students Katie Proietti, Molly Restine, Ricki
Hearns, Anne Marie Ryfinski, Benee Williams and Benita Baron (understudy).
The classic Brothers' Grimm fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel,"
meets the vampire novels of Anne Rice in a dark fantasy of lost
children experiencing the first rush and chaos of sexual desire.
is examined in "An Arm and a Leg," written by New
York playwright Stephen Gnojewski and directed by Louis Wells. The
play features Sasha Giboyeaux as Magdalena, James Jaketic as Man
1, and Dan O'Boyle as Man 2. The plot focuses on Magdalena, an illegal
immigrant who crosses the Mexican border into the United States
to work in a garment factory in order to provide for her family.
But with every sacrifice she makes, Magdalena loses more than just
piece of mind. In this play, chasing the American Dream demands
nothing less than actual human limbs.
Wrath is the subject of the dance number, "Wracollathage,"
conceived and choreographed by Jody P. Person. It features students
David Hamm, Yiraldi Reyes and Emma Warwinsky. From road rage to
bullfighting to God's wrath in "Revelations," human fury
is thrown on stage in a cacophonous collage.
Emma Warwinsky, Yiraldi Reyes, and David Hamm in "Wrath."
in "John Brown's Bodies" are Abena Ofori-Atta, Latoya
Hill, Doreen Griffin, Keegan McDonald, Keith Harper, Jr., Maureen
Hackett and James Jaketic.
left, Victor Ruiz, Benita
Barron, Ricki Hearns, and
Anne Marie Ryfinski in "Envy."
left, Anne Marie Ryfinski, Ricki Hearns, Benita Barron, Katie Proietti,
and Molly Restine in "Lust."
and the Seven-Legged Lamb, or EAT," by New York playwright Peg
Were, looks at gluttony. Directed by Michole Biancosino, the play features
Melanie Britten as Sadie, Clayton Gage as Mike, and Ben Knight as Tyler.
Two orphaned brothers, Mike and Tyler, are quietly reeling from the death
of their parents two years earlier. Mike is doing his best to put food
on the table and take care of his precocious brother Tyler. But when Mike
becomes romantically involved with a young chef named Sadie, Tyler acts
out, refusing to eat and getting suspended from school - because, he says,
he wants to save a seven-legged lamb. The real reasons are, in fact, deeper
and more troubling than either brother is willing to admit, and when Sadie
intervenes with a new recipe, they are forced to confront their issues
students majoring in the arts are also involved in "Seven Sins."
Under the guidance of Photography Program Coordinator Michael Dalton and
drawing/painting instructor Lucas Kelly, visual art students are creating
images of the seven deadly sins that will be projected on stage during
scene changes, replacing the more usual musical scene transitions. Students
include Katrina Brooks, Rachel Dubrow, Greg Gentert, Kathleen Henry, Adam
Kaplan, Jennifer Manukas, Leslee McCall, Amanda Brooks, Todd Goldberg
and John Berkenkopf. Entertainment Technology students, under the direction
of Program Coordinator Bob Terrano, are in charge of all lighting, sound
and stage management. Chris Ghaffoor is the lighting designer for "Wracollathage,"
"Acedia's Sunshine," and "An Arm and A Leg." Jillian
Donchak and Nicole Schlunick are stage managing the plays, and Max Nagy
is doing double duty as stage manager for the entire event. Person
estimates that more than 50 students are contributing in various ways
to the show.
for the "Seven Sins" are $12 for adults, $10 seniors/students,
and $5 for MCCC students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available online
through Kelsey Theatre at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the box
office at (609) 570-3333. Purchases via computer may be made up to one
hour prior to curtain time. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the
Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible
and provides assisted listening devices upon request. Free parking is
available next to the theater.
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