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AU thespians to stage ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’
11/04/10

The Alfred University Performing Arts Division presents “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Luigi Pirandello, Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 17-20, in the C.D. Smith III Theatre, Miller Performing Arts Center Complex. Show times are at 8 p.m.

General admission is $5, student admission is $3, and AU student admission with ID is $1. For tickets and reservations, please visit the Performing Arts Box Office by e-mail at performs@alfred.edu, go to the Web Box Office at http://las.alfred.edu/per... , or call 607.871.2828.

Here’s the story: A rehearsal of a Pirandello play is just about to get underway when six characters enter the theater and meet the uncertain company. The six have been abandoned by their author. They argue to have their story played out so that it can be brought to a conclusion. As the discussions rise and the tension mounts, characters and the entire theater company engage in spiraling arguments about what is real, what is truth, and where paradox can inform and where it can raise irresolvable conflicts.

Adapted and directed by Becky Prophet, Alfred University professor of theater, the play, written in 1921, looks at many levels of truth and perception.
“Six Characters” is performed by an entirely student cast depicting a full technical and design team, an acting company, and of course, Pirandello’s six characters.

Ramona Kinsley, a senior theater major from Wellsville, as the director of the fictive play being rehearsed, leads the cast. Javier Pritchard, a senior independent major from Wyandanch, plays the stage manager, and Holly Durand, a freshman independent major from Rehoboth, MA, plays the assistant stage manager and the props master.

Jessy Dosch-Evangelista, freshman from Alfred, plays the assistant director. Nate Gibson, a junior interdisciplinary art/English major from Crystal Lake, IL, plays the scene designer and technical director; Margot James, senior art & design major from Littlestown, PA, plays the costume designer.
Jessica Antrobus, a freshman independent major from Orange Village, Ohio, plays the house manager; while Emily Dowd, senior theater/psychology major from Arcata, CA, and Martin Wong, sophomore business administration major from Hong Kong, play the stagehands.

The Acting Academy features Justin Pietropaolo, senior English major from Goshen, as the leading man; John Hamolsky, senior theater major from Rindge, NH, as the matinee idol; Rachel Rutledge, senior art & design major from Parsippany, NJ, as the leading lady; and Kerianne Bellamy, a sophomore independent major from Olean, plays the ingénue.

The six characters who bring their struggles to these at first, uncomprehending theater professionals are played by Tyler McKenzie (Cummins), a senior English/theater major from Brighton, MA; Kate Truini, sophomore interdisciplinary art major from Roxbury, CT; Joe Edizel, junior history major from Alfred Station; Kaysey Hinkle, a freshman independent major from Camden; Sharena Spencer, a freshman independent major from Lyons; and Jackie Goertz, sophomore art & design major from Ballston Lake. One additional character is brought to the theater late and is played by Anna Kowalczuk, senior theater major from Scarsdale.

Marketa Fantova, assistant professor of theater design at AU, designed the scenery and lighting for the production. Iris Bejgrowicz, a sophomore independent major from New Castle, PA, and Elizabeth Ding, a junior art & design major from Cincinnati, Ohio, designed the costumes.

Zach Hamm, technical director of performing arts at AU, handles all the technical work for the play and Debra MacCrea, AU costume shop manager, is the head seamstress.

Amanda Lynch, a sophomore independent major from Huntington; Nathan Abel, a freshman independent major from Ellicott City, MD; and Chelsea Chandannais, a freshman independent major from Lowman, make up the stage management team.

Prophet earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Alfred University. Then she continued her education at the University of Michigan, where she earned a master of arts degree and Ph.D. She has spent nearly three decades teaching and working in theater before her return to Alfred.

She is active in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Prophet has created an intensive directing institute for students, presents workshops and papers, and directs new plays at every conference.