Daniel Pearle’s A Kid Like Jake takes center stage at Fairfield University

Media Contact: Patrick Donegan, patrick.donegan@student.fairfield.edu

The student produced & directed show premieres January 22.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 8, 2016) — Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, with the generous support of the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, presents Daniel Pearle’s compelling play, A Kid Like Jake. Performances will take place at the PepsiCo Theatre, located on the Fairfield University campus, on January 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on January 23 and 24.

Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission. All tickets are available in the Quick Center box office, or you may order by phone at 203-254-4010. Tickets may also be purchased online at quickcenter.com.

A Kid Like Jake is a powerful piece of theatre that focuses on themes like parenthood, gender, class and acceptance. The play centers on Alex and Greg, a married couple whose son is a candidate for some of Manhattan’s most prestigious kindergarten programs. When his passion for Cinderella and playing dress-up starts to raise concern over his eligibility for these programs, Alex and Greg are faced with a difficult decision in doing what they think is best for their son.

“I cannot wait to present this production to the community,” said director Tori Schuchmann ’16. “The play itself leaves you grappling with the questions that present themselves when raising a child, and displays the honest realities that exist in the social and academic worlds we live in.”

Rounding out the cast of this entirely student-run production are Molly Gregory ’16, Jessie Lizotte ’18, Brendan McNamara ’17, and Grace Schiller ’17. Assisting Schuchmann are Nick Solimini ’16 as stage manager, Kaylee Moran ’18 as assistant stage manager, Brendan McNamara ’17 as scenic designer and producer, Aubrey Sierer ’16 as costume designer, Alex Mongillo ’16 as lighting designer, Kelly Sheridan ’18 as technical director, and Robbie Schwartz ’16, who composed original music for the show.

This production is made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization that “provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts.”

Theatre Fairfield is Fairfield University’s resident production company. Theatre Fairfield produces three or more productions every year and serves as a platform for community engagement as well a positive and professional learning environment.

Pictured: Brendan McNamara '17 and Grace Schiller '17
Photographer: Tori Schuchmann ‘16

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York

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Posted on January 15, 2016

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