Student actors perform and direct in Fairfield University's "Festival '02"


Family tragedy, loss and transition, and the hilarious/ humiliating world of dating take center stage Feb. 20 through 24, when Theatre Fairfield presents a showcase of three short plays written, designed and directed by students. Performances for "Festival '02," a showcase of original student work, are Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre.

"Lost, Found and Remembered," by Scott Ferguson, explores the difficulties of moving on after losing a loved one. The play is directed by Edward Walsh and stage-managed by Danny Williams. Lara Eckler's "A Chance" offers a comedic look at one woman's quest to find a replacement for herself to keep her boyfriend company while she is away. It is directed by Kathleen Mooney and stage-managed by Kristy Farrell. Finally, the poignant "Everything We Never Said," written by Virginia Moylan, examines what happens when tragedy strikes a family and taboo subjects are finally aired. The performance is directed by Eckler and stage-managed by Alex Pavone.

"Festival '02" is the third production of the 2001-02 season for Theatre Fairfield, the university's student theater production company. Assistance for the production was provided by Martha LoMonaco, Ph.D., directing mentor; Lynne Porter, producer and design mentor; and Susan Haggstrom, academic technical director.

"Festival '02" involves more than 35 students, including: Amy Mattulina, lighting designer; Rehan Ansari, costume designer; and Liz Capinera, scenic designer. Cast members are: Jill Amato, Nick Benaquista, Bill Bria, Tanya Chavez, Paul DeSena, Kim DiVincenzo, Lauren Drzata, Dave Gorman, Jessica Harper, Alison Lebonitte, Lindsay Loderstadt, Amy Miklos, Mary Parr, Nick Smith, Jason Stowe and Chris Wood.

Tickets are on sale at the Quick Center Box Office for $12 general admission and $5 student admission. Contact the box office at (203) 254-4010 or call toll-free at (877) ARTS-396. For further information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, x2274.

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

Posted on February 20, 2002

Vol. 34, No. 147