Politics take center stage in Theatre Fairfield's New Contemporary Musical

Teddy DeRosa, tderosa@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Nov. 27, 2017) – American red state and blue state politics are the focus of a new musical from Fairfield University’s resident production company, Theatre Fairfield, in their annual “Theater in the Raw: The Lucille Lortel Festival of New Work.” The company will present three performances of playwright Wesley Savick’s political satire “One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State” in the PepsiCo Theatre, Thursday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $6 for seniors and University staff, and $5 for Fairfield students and children, and can be purchased in person at the Quick Center Box Office, by phone at 203-254-4010, or online at www.quickcenter.com.

With a score composed by Brian Bernhard and Scott Nicholas, “One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State” is a contemporary musical that explores the current state of the union with a sense of humor and poignancy. The story is told from several vantage points – personal, political, and historical –-  and features a singing Greek chorus that brings a fresh perspective to American’s modern democracy. Playwright and Suffolk University Boston Theatre Professor Wesley Savick describes his theatrical work as an urgent, celebratory response to the United States’ current national climate.

The cast of Theatre Fairfield’s production features Kiersten Bjork ‘21, Liam Cahill ‘18, Martha Hegley ‘20, Sean Larson ‘18, Jessie Lizotte ‘18, Kaylee Moran ‘18, Bridgit Murray ‘19, Romina Rabines ’19, Vanessa Rubenstein ‘21, and Fallon Sullivan ’20.    

The production is directed by Jan Mason with musical direction by Nenad Ivovic. Fairfield University Theatre Professor Martha S. LoMonaco, PhD, is producing the play along with Lynne Porter, director of the University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, who is also designing the lighting and scenery. Julie Leavitt is designing costumes and props and Anne Kendall is serving as the production’s technical director.

"One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State" is part of Theatre Fairfield's mission to

bring social justice issues to the stage, so that audiences can share and debate ideas in post-show conversations. For more information, visit theatrefairfield.weebly.com.



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