Join MCCC Drama Students for Unique Theatre Event:
"Woyzeck" Comes to Kelsey Theatre

3/26/07


In one of their most ambitious and novel theatrical undertakings ever, MCCC Drama students will present "Woyzeck," a visionary play written in 1836 by German playwright Georg Buchner that has had a fresh, new translation and will be performed with a distinctively fanciful flair. "Woyzeck" comes to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Fridays, April 20 and 27 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, April 21 and 28 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

MCCC Drama Program Coordinator Jody Person describes the play as a darkly humorous morality tale that speaks to the consequences of living in poverty, both physically and spiritually. Franz Woyzeck is a poor soldier in a small town. Bullied by his captain and subjected to bizarre medical experimentation by an army doctor, Woyzeck's nerves are already strained as his personal life spirals out of control - into mystery, murder, and madness.

And if that isn't enough to peak audiences' curiosity, Person's other characterization of "Woyzeck" almost certainly will: "It's Pinocchio meets 'mirror, mirror on the wall, what's a human being after all?' - all performed in a three-ring circus," Person said. He notes that it is rare for students in their second year of theater studies to perform a work as ambitious and difficult as "Woyzeck," but even rarer is the chance to premiere such a work in a new translation. Researched and compiled over a period of five years by playwright, dramaturg, and native German speaker Inga Meier, the new text has been painstakingly organized from Büchner's original manuscripts. "It represents a wonderful opportunity for English-language audiences to experience the play again or for the first time, as well to see some of our finest students featured in an enduring drama that asks some of life's big questions," Person said.

The cast features: Peter Deane as Franz Woyzeck, Josiah DeAndrea as Andres, Aubrey Malloy as Marie, David Hamm as the Captain, Nicole Russano as the Doctor, Keith Harper as Drum Major, and Deena Jiles as the Grandmother. Also featured are Melanie Britton, Michael Gervasoni, Ricki Hearns, Shauri Johnson, Stephanie Landau, Dan Lownie, Melissa Melicharek, Katie Proietti, Yiraldi Reyes, Erik Rojas, Julian Somogyi, Brian Sufalko, Alysia Tuscano, and Joseph Zingone.

Why select Woyzeck as the program's final performance piece for the year? "It ties into our theater history curriculum," Person explained. "I wanted to put students' learning into actual practice and make it more experiential. Plus, I think that performing a new translation of a classic text is an amazing opportunity for the college, the theater program, and our students. I don't think this kind of opportunity comes along often."

Click here for a "Woyzeck" preview on YouTube.

Everybody wants something from Woyzeck,
played by Peter Deane.
Woyzeck and other cast members.
Woyzeck's wife Marie is played by Aubrey Malloy.
Deena Jiles as the grandmother, center,
with Dan Lownie and Yiraldi Reyes.

In the recent past, MCCC Drama students have also spread their wings by participating in readings at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ, and performing original works in a window installation at "chashama," an arts organization located in the Manhattan theater district. A number of program graduates have transferred to four-year conservatory programs at Montclair State and Rutgers University.

Tickets for "Woyzeck" are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students. 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 and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre see:

Kelsey Webpage
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops
Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops


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