Theatre Fairfield produces "Festival '01"


Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield will stage its final production of the season, "Festival '01," a series of three short plays written, designed, directed and performed by students, from Wednesday, April 25, through Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, at 1 and 4 p.m. Performances take place in the university's PepsiCo Theatre.

"Bouncing Toward You," by Stacey Pitcher '01, is a touching play that explores the budding relationship between adolescent friends. Two pals who normally play basketball in the driveway are startled when romance becomes part of the game. This production will be directed by junior Kathleen Mooney and stage-managed by junior Megan Bell.

"Have you Got a Light," by Larry Kinear, an adult continuing education student, spoofs a fashionable anti-smoking society that has made tobacco as taboo as alcohol was during Prohibition. This play will be directed by Stephanie Arapian '01, and stage-managed by Gil Hizon '01.

"The Ugly Duckling," by renowned children's author A.A. Milne, explores society's notions of physical beauty. Set in a fairytale context, the lovely princess endures numerous familial trials before she finally meets her prince. This play will be directed by Patrick Dorion '01 and stage-managed by senior Kerry Doyle.

The student design team consists of lighting designer Shelley Barrish '01, costume designer Stacey Pitcher '01 and scenic designer Amy Muttulina '02. The cast features Jimmy Allwein, Rehan Ansari, Ian Bonner, Liz Capinera, Tanya Chavez, John Chenier, Justin Craig, Tim Cummings, Kristy Farrell, Ed Kapusta, Mary Parr, Paul Robinson and Chris Wood.

Assisting the student artists are Dr. Martha LoMonaco, directing mentor; Lynne Porter, design mentor; and Susan Haggstrom, technical director. With the full cast and technical crew, this production involves more than 30 Fairfield University students.

For tickets, at $12 for general admission and $5 for students, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 20, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 177