Hartwick College Theatre Arts Presents “The Story of My Life”

October 28, 2020

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts Department presents a THEA 490 Senior Thesis production of The Story of My Life, a book by Brian Hill, with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram. The Story of My Life can be streamed on-demand from November 27 to December 4 at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/41538. Tickets are free for Hartwick College Students, $5 for Hartwick College faculty and staff, $10 for general admission, and $25 for general admission groups. Ticketholders can view the stream any time up to 24 hours after purchase.

The cast includes Dillon Orlando ’20 as Thomas and Paul Patinka ’15 as Alvin.The production is  directed by Theatre Arts faculty Malissa Kano-White, designed by Gary Burlew and Barbara Kahl, and accompanied by Fideliz Campbell ’12.

“Nominated for four 2009 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, The Story of My Life is a Broadway rarity: an intimate musical that candidly explores the simplicity of human need and the complexity of emotions under which it lies buried,” according to musical licensing company Music Theatre International (MTI). “Composer-lyricist Neil Bartram and librettist Brian Hill have created an authentic and affecting work, told through a series of songs – in turn playful, touching and dramatic. The Story of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories.

The Story of My Life follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns that their lives have taken since meeting as children. Alvin searches through the manuscripts and stories in Thomas’ mind to lead him on a journey of remembrance. Through music and song, these two friends recount their adventures, explore their past dissonance and ultimately discover what is at the base of every strong friendship… love.”

For additional information call 607-431-4227 or email theatre@hartwick.edu.