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Hartwick Presents World Premiere of 'Come Home a Stranger'

August 27, 2013

Hartwick College is proud to present the world premiere of Come Home a Stranger, a poignant coming of age story set in rural Kentucky written by Hartwick Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Malissa A. Kano-White. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. from September 3 through September 7 in the Lab Theatre of Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College campus.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, seniors, and Hartwick faculty and staff. For more information and to make reservations, call at 607-431-2227. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Due to strong themes and language in the production, this play is recommended for audience members age 13 and up.

Come Home a Stranger portrays the lives of three generations as they face the personal consequence of homosexuality in rural Kentucky. Inspired by an actual event, Stranger is a work of fiction that asks each of its characters to confront cherished beliefs in the face of personal revelations.

Developed over the past five years at Hartwick, Come Home a Stranger earned Kano-White acceptance into the Kennedy Center's Summer Playwriting Intensive in 2010. The play was further developed during the winter of 2011 through "table-reads" performed by Hartwick students and faculty. Come Home a Stranger has been submitted for national development through the NYU New Plays for Young Audiences series and the Write Now, playwriting competition co-sponsored by Childsplay, Arizona's professional children's theatre and the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Come Home a Stranger will be Hartwick's 2013-14 entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, "... a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States." If selected to represent Hartwick at KCACTF, the cast and crew will perform Come Home a Stranger at the regional festival during January Term 2015. This work was supported in part through the Hartwick College Faculty Research Grants Program. For more information, contact Kano-White at 607-431-4920 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031