Intrigue Plays Out in "Chess"
At MCCC's Kelsey
Theatre Oct. 15-24
Windsor, N.J.- A chess game between international masters takes
on larger meaning in the award-winning 1980s rock opera "Chess,"
coming to Mercer County College's Kelsey Theatre in October.
Pierrot Productions presents this cult classic of love, loss
and betrayal Fridays, Oct. 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays,
Oct. 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 17 and 24 at
2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with
the cast and crew follows the opening performance on Oct. 15.
With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and
Benny Andersson, "Chess" captures the '80s-era conflict
between two international chess stars -- one American, one Russian
-- who compete for the world championship only to find that
their greatest contest is for the love of the same woman. Set
against a backdrop of political intrigue and international conspiracies,
Freddie and Anatoly fight to take the queen in a romantic triangle
that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War.
Among the show's memorable musical numbers are "One Night
in Bangkok," "I Know Him So Well," and "Nobody's
Side." Released as a highly successful concept album in
1984, the first theatrical production of "Chess" opened
in London's West End in 1986 and ran for three years. An altered
U.S. version played briefly on Broadway in 1988, and the show
has continued to evolve in both stage and concert versions ever
face-off over the chess board. Kevin Gray, left, is the Russian,
Anatoly, and Peter deMets is the American, Freddie.
production stars Kevin Gray of Annandale as Anatoly; Nicole
Patrick of Columbus as Florence; Peter de Mets of Newtown,
Pa., as Freddie; and Cathy Liebars of Langhorne, Pa., as Svetlana.
Also featured are Haley Ackerman of Marlton, Chris Arena of
Ewing, Fred Bartlett of Hamilton, Paul Lasky of New Egypt,
Francine Mondi of North Brunswick, Nick Pecht of Hamilton,
Jack Petzko of Cranbury, Michelle Rittmann, Shawn Simmons
of Hamilton, Kate Skelly of Bordentown, Brian Vetter of Parsippany
and Wendy Watt of Hamilton.
The production is directed by Pete LaBriola of Pennington,
with musical direction by Buzz Herman of Hamilton Square and
choreography by Kat Ross of Langhorne.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students
and children. Free parking is available next to the theater.
Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey
Theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Patrick is Florence.
Liebars is Svetlana.
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