Hartwick College Theatre Arts Presents ‘Two Rooms’

November 4, 2010

Hartwick College's Theatre Arts program will present the drama Two Rooms November 12-20 in Slade Theatre, Yager Hall on the Hartwick College campus.

The play will be performed five times: November 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8 p.m. and the 14th at 2 p.m. There is no performance November 21. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students, senior citizens, and Hartwick College faculty and staff. Reservations, while not required, are strongly suggested. They may be made by calling 607-431-4227 or online.

A special "community conversation" performance of Two Rooms will be presented November 12 at 7 p.m., followed by a post-show discussion about the performance and the topics presented. Community members, professors, teachers, special-interest groups, and social organizations are invited to attend this special performance and engage in the post-show conversation. All tickets for this performance will be $5. Call 431-4923 for more information or 431-4227 for reservations.

In light of the seemingly endless conflict between the U.S. and Middle Eastern militants, author Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, about the kidnapping of an American teacher in Beirut, is as relevant today as it was when written in 1984. A compelling and provocative work, Two Rooms illuminates the numbing agony of a hostage and the helpless fury of his loved ones. Lives hang in the balance as political terrorists, government agencies, and news reporters vie for power in a complicated war of wills.

The cast consists of Hartwick College students. The show features Ian Olsen '11, Kelsey Sabo '14, Mark deRoziere '13, and Lita Benson '12.

Two Rooms is directed by Malissa A. Kano-White, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, stage managed by Blair Coppola '11, and assistant stage managed by Jess Schwartz '12. Gary Burlew, Theatre Arts Technical Director, is the play's scenic designer. Ken Golden, Professor of Theatre Arts, and Gilbert Pearto '11 are the play's co-lighting designers. Sydney Jenkins '11 is the costume designer, and Kelly Fayton '13 has created projections.

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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 a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030