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Performing Arts to present comedy ‘The Way of the World’

Alfred University’s Division of Performing Arts will present its spring theatrical production, "The Way of the World" by William Congreve, from Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in the new Miller Theater. Admission is $5 for the general public, $3 for non-Alfred University students and senior citizens, and $1 for Alfred University students. Tickets can be reserved by emailing or calling 607-871-2828.

Set during the late Restoration era, this witty comedy directed by Becky Prophet, AU professor of theater, features a cast of wealthy, conniving characters scheming to get ahead of one another and struggling for power and status. "The Way of the World" stars include sophomore Dana Harris of Alpine as Lady Wishfort; freshman Michael Whitney of Wailku, Hawaii as Witwoud; junior Nathan Abel of Ellicott City, Md. playing Mirabell; junior Kate Truini of Roxbury, Conn. playing Millamant; sophomore Jamal Welcome of Brooklyn as Sir Wilful Witwoud; freshman Bellisant Corocan-Mathe of Kendall playing Mrs. Fainall; senior Emily Buss of Minoa as Mincing; freshman Aubrey Fry of Greenwood playing Marwood; freshman Andrew Hazer of Brooklyn playing Fainall; freshman Audrey Lobue as Farewell; freshman Owens Shephard of Rochester as Wellfare; senior Joseph Edizel of Alfred Station playing Waitwell and Sir Rowland; freshman Cory Essington of Hollywood, Md. as Petulant; and sophomore Lydia Prabucki of Buffalo as Peg.

Set was designed by an emerging student designer Nate Gibson with support from Performance Design/Tech faculty and technical directior Zach Hamm. Costume and Lighting Design is by Marketa Fantova, associate professor of performance design. Costumes were made by Performing Arts students under supervision of Deb MacCrea, costume shop manager and lead tailor/seamstress.


Prophet holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from AU and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has spent nearly three decades working in theater as an actor, director, and teacher in Alfred, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Atlanta. She is active in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and Association for Theatre in Higher Education, through which she has created an intensive directing institute for students, presents workshops and papers and directs new plays at conferences.