Hartwick College Theatre Arts Presents ‘Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom’

April 11, 2011

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts program will present Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, April 15-23 in Slade Theatre, Yager Hall, on the Hartwick College campus.

The play will be performed six times: April 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m., and a matinee performance on April 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students, senior citizens, Hartwick College faculty and staff. Reservations are strongly suggested. They may be made by calling 607-431-4227 or by visiting the reservations Webpage.

Jennifer Haley, who wrote the play in 2007, describes her work: "In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own." The Denver Post says that Haley's play is like "Halo [a popular video game] meets "The Omen"; while Variety writes that it plays "like a nifty episode of "The Twilight Zone."

The cast is composed of Hartwick College students. The show features Mark deRoziere '12, Emmanuella Brayke '11, Lauren Cipriano '12, and Steven Diehl '14.  Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom is directed by Marc E. Shaw, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.

"When I first read the play, what most struck me is its heart," Shaw said. "Even though it's situated in an off-kilter world set in suburbia and in an American Beauty-meets-zombie video-game, Jennifer Haley's work still has the great themes of American drama at its core. It's about the tragic, daily misconnections between parents and children in our modern world."

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom is stage-managed by Cassie Howe '14. Ken Golden, Professor of Theatre Arts, is the play's scenic designer. Malissa Kano-White, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, is the lighting designer; Sydney Jenkins '11 is the costume designer; Robert Gann, Professor of Computer Science, and  Diana Acker '13 have created video game simulations. Salina Polanco '13 is the assistant stage manager.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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