The Saint Rose Theatre Presents Fun Home

This Friday is opening night for the Saint Rose Theatre production of Fun Home. Come out and support the show.

Fun Home, a musical based on a memoir by Alison Bechdel, in which the author explores her own sexuality, coming out to her parents, and her relationship with her father, who is gay.

The show runs October 25 through 27 and November 1 through 3 in the Campus Theatre, 996A Madison Avenue, Albany. “Fun Home is the beautiful coming out story of Alison Bechdel, and how she finally gained the courage to reveal her authentic self as a gay woman. What makes her journey so tragic is that it is juxtaposed with the story of her father, who spent his entire life struggling to keep his homosexuality masked from the outside world,” said Angela Ryan-Ledtke, instructor of acting at Saint Rose. “The story is told through multiple versions of Alison during key times throughout her life, all interwoven and symbolically pushing forward rather than looking back. She pieces together the relationship with her dad to make sense of his suicide. While she climbed a metaphorical mountain to claim her identity and freedom, her father lost grip with his self-made reality, plunging him toward his untimely death.”

Saint Rose students appearing in the production include:
Helen: Aileen Burke, a political science major from Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
Medium Alison: Emily Paolicelli, an ASPIRE-English major from Croton-On-Hudson, New York
Bruce: Freddy Quinonez, a music education major from Middletown, New York
Joan: Alma Gonzalez, a music industry major from Chicago, Illinois
Roy/Pete/Mark/Jeremy: John Schwabb, a music performance major from Brooklyn, New York
Alison: Shaunessy Lambert, a music education major from Westfield, Massachusetts
Other members of the cast include:
Small Alison: Olivia Ledtke, a seventh-grade student at The Doane Stuart School
Christian: Teagan Susco, a sixth-grade student at Blue Creek Elementary School
John: Sophia Ledtke, a third-grade student at Abram Lansing Elementary

Saint Rose Campus Theatre Technology Upgrade

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Saint Rose Campus Theatre Technology Upgrade

The Saint Rose Theatre has the chance to upgrade some of their decades-old equipment! Your donations can help the Saint Rose Theatre buy new lights, cable, sound management, etc., that would immensely benefit production value and increase learning opportunities for theatre students within the department. Please help us continue to make innovative theatre at the College of Saint Rose!

Read more and give here.

Alumni Stories: Maria DeLucia-Evans

Maria DeLucia-Evans

After Saint Rose Maria DeLucia-Evans (MA English 08) delved right into the professional field of English Studies through her pedagogical work, as well as her own creative writing. Maria currently works as a Community Educator with Cornell University Cooperative Extension Albany County, teaching financial literacy education to low-income families.  Although this is undoubtedly important work, her deeply felt calling is found within the creative arts.

“Of course my true passion is writing,” she said. Maria was thrilled to have her one-act play, ‘My God is an Angry God,’ chosen for production as part of The KNOW Theatre’s 9th Annual Playwrights and Artists Festival, Binghamton, NY.

“Guided by Artistic Director, Tim Gleason, The KNOW Theatre’s annual festival is a wonderful experiment in artistic collaboration,” Maria said. “Each year, The KNOW selects three pieces of art, and asks writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. This year six plays were chosen. During the festival the art is displayed, and after each performance the actors, directors, playwrights, and artists participate in a talk-back with the audience about both the art and the plays. It’s an amazing multi-media event, and I was honored to be a part of it.”

The artwork that inspired Maria’s play is featured below:

Maria DeLucia-Evans

“My play was inspired by the artwork ‘In the Name of God’ by Christopher Hynes. I’ve always felt inspired to write something about how Alzheimer’s  Disease affects families and patients, but never quite knew what form it should/would take. When I saw Hynes’ piece of art, the title of my play immediately came to me and I knew I had found my inspiration.”

Maria attributes an additional influence to this particular work, one of a much more personal nature. “My grandmother, Ann DeLucia, has Alzheimer’s Disease. And while my play is in no way biographical to her or my family, my understanding of her experiences has certainly shaped the way in which I perceive the disease. I grieve for everything she has gone through, and for any family or patient that has struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

“My God is an Angry God” considers the multi-generational effect of the disease.  Maria explains: “My play is about a daughter, Angela, and her father, Sam. Sam has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. His symptoms began a year ago, but have gotten progressively worse in the last two months.  He had taken care of his mother while she suffered for fifteen years with the same disease, and he swore he would never live that way. Angela stops by to see Sam, and in the course of their visit he reveals his diagnosis and plan: to end his life before the disease progresses. Angela is, of course, shocked and angry. The play ends with a twist that seems fitting and true to the topic.”

While much of the play’s success can be attributed directly to the author, Maria acknowledges others that assisted with its creation. “The beautiful thing about play writing is that my script is only one part of the creative process,” she said. “It was such an honor to work with actors Tim Gleason and Johanna Patchet. Two talented artists, they brought my characters to life in such a beautiful, honest way. They drew out the nuances and layers of the script so artfully, the impact during the performances was profound and moving. Behind the scenes, Brian Nayor, Kat D’Andrea, and Amanda Marsico provided the support for all technical and stage-managing needs.  I was so glad to get to know them, and value their hard work and dedication to The KNOW. And, of course, the best part was that my play was directed by my father, Nick DeLucia, an amazing director and actor. I knew my play was in safe hands. He had a vision for each of my scenes that perfectly allowed my story to unfold. This was the first time my father and I have had the opportunity to work together artistically and I was grateful for the opportunity.”

On a final note, Maria acknowledges a particular professor here at Saint Rose. “I discovered a love for play writing during the graduate play writing course I took with Dr. Kenneth Krauss. Through his course, I gained a strong foundation for writing in this genre and developed skills that stayed with me long after graduation. I thank him for everything he taught me– both technically in terms of style and formatting, and artistically in terms of what makes ‘great theatre’”

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Saint Rose Theatre Festival: Call for Entries!

Here is a message from the Saint Rose Theatre Festival Director Chris Lovell:

“I have always had a passion for theatre as you know, and last year I saw an idea I had for a while come to the stage. I started the Saint Rose Theatre Festival last year and it was a lot of fun for everyone. It was a one-night engagement of staged readings. All of the scenes performed were written by Saint Rose students in the graduate play script course. The scenes ranged from a conversation between a radio host and his producer to a unbelievably ignorant couple having dinner in a restaurant. This year, I will have opened up the festival for all Saint Rose students to submit scenes for consideration. Scenes can be submitted electronically via the festival’s website (www.theatrefestival.info) up until Friday, December 14th at 11:59PM. The festival is expanding to an entire weekend for performances, giving a better opportunity for the community to see the great work of Saint Rose students on stage.

College is a time of exploration. So many opportunities appear for students to explore the world around them and to find something they are truly passionate about. How many people do you know that have the opportunity to write something and then see it performed on stage in front of an audience or be an actor in a world premiere? That is what the Saint Rose Theatre Festival is all about, providing a creative outlet for new and exciting materials for anyone to see. It is a create outlet, not only for writers and actors, but it allows for others to be creative. Check out the logo for the festival that was designed by a 2012 Saint Rose Graduate!

Any student that is interested can submit a piece to be considered for production during the festival. Submissions can cover any topic a student is interested, and the piece may be of any theatrical genre with the exception of musical theatre.”

Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines posted on the festival’s website (PDF can be found here).

Flora the Red, Drama Production this November at Saint Rose

The Drama Program fall production is the musical Flora the Red Menace, which features words and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb. In their first Broadway collaboration, Kander and Ebb (the team responsible for CabaretChicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, among many other classics) look back on 1930s New York City.

Flora Meszaros (a role originated by a 19-year-old Liza Minellli) is a promising art student who finds her first job and first love in Depression-era Greenwich Village.  Her breakup with a leftist painter leaves her sadder but wiser and with the realization that she will go on to do great things.

 The players and staff for this production after the jump.

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Cementville opens Thursday!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Cementville opens on Thursday, November 17th and will run through Sunday,  November 20th! Just $5 with a Saint Rose ID and $10 without, this Jane Martin play is being directed by Dr.

Kenneth Krauss and stars some of our school’s most talented undergraduate actors.

Show times: Nov. 17 & 18: 7 pm; Nov 19: 2pm/7pm; Nov. 20: 2pm.

Location: the Campus Theater, right next to CCIM.

Hope to see you there

Auditions for Cementville!

Jane Martin’s smackdown comedy, Cementville, is the College’s fall 2011 production, and auditions are here! The Auditions are this week, Monday-Wednesday, September 12-14 2011, at 5:00 p.m.  at the Campus Theatre (located across from Massry Center).

Male and female actors, technology and backstage experts, costumers and hairstylists are in demand for this production, so come and share your talents!

Please contact Dr. Krauss at 454-5242 or kraussk@strose.edu if you’d like more information.