Six Performances Over Two Weekends to be Delivered Under the Title of “Funny, Strange, Provocative”

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Straying from their customary routine of delivering one play in six performances over two weekends, the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players will take their audience on a different journey this November by delivering three shorter productions in a rotating schedule over two weekends, Nov. 4-6 and 11-13 at the College’s Orange Hall Theatre.

Under the self-titled theme of “Funny, Strange, Provocative,” the Apprentice Players will perform three unique shorts, including “The Actors’ Nightmare,” “Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)” and “Fissures (lost and found).” Friday and Saturday performances, on Nov. 4-5 and 11-12, will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday showings, Nov. 6 and 13, open at 3 p.m. The play rotation schedule is listed below.

In “The Actors’ Nightmare,” written by Christoper Durang, the main character George wanders on stage and is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from “Private Lives”, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.

As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to “Hamlet”, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be “A Man for All Seasons”—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner’s axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call.

Directed by Terry Odell, “The Actors’ Nightmare” cast includes Brittany Pierce, Dominic Pascullo, Sean O'Brien, Joseph Polichetti, Dame Ruud and Sarah Fields.

Written by Sheila Callaghan, “Crumble” is set at Christmastime, and it has been a year since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs (the apartment speaks), their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes--Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own.

The cast of Patrick Pierpoint, Michael Alvarado, Valerie Turco, Nicole Ryan and Arrielle LAST NAME NEEDED will be under the direction of Cabot Parsons.

During the evening’s final segment, David Cohen will direct Amanda Perez, Shelly Kornher, Zarif Ahmed, Christian Romero and Luis Espana in “Fissures (lost and found” written by Steve Epp, Cory Hinkle, Dominic Orlando, Dominique Serrand, Deborah Stein and Victoria Stewart

“Fissures” begins quietly, as a young man searches the audience for the owner of a pair of lost keys, but discovers that the keys are his own. Soon another man arrives looking for a different set of keys, but ends up following a woman he thinks is his dead wife into an empty house that maybe he once lived in. Then, two siblings accidentally recreate their father’s rages as they bump into walls they don't remember in their childhood home.

Soon the audience is falling down comic, haunting rabbit holes of memory and forgetting, as the characters try to recall moments, people and places of their past, which only slip further away the more they try to hold on to them. Combining physical comedy and poetry, “Fissures” is a meditation on the unreliability of memory, a window into the ways we each create our own narratives by piecing together fragments of our imagined and shared pasts.

Ticket prices are $14, general admission; $10, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Tickets may be purchased online at (click the Events link on the home page and follow to Online Ticketing). For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4789.

Friday, Nov. 4 (8 p.m.)

"The Actors' Nightmare" and "Crumble"

Saturday, Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)

"Fissures" and "The Actors' Nightmare"

Sunday, Nov. 6 (3 p.m.)

"Crumble" and "Fissures"

Friday, Nov. 11 (8 p.m.)

"Crumble" and "Fissures"

Saturday, Nov. 12 (8 p.m.)

"The Actors' Nightmare" and "Crumble"

Sunday, Nov. 13 (3 p.m.)

"The Actors' Nightmare" and "Fissures"


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Mike Albright
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