Student Productions of “WASP” and “4:48 Psychosis” Will Grace Orange Hall Theatre Stage

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Student productions of “WASP” and “4.48 Psychosis”, a pair of one-act plays, will enjoy a six-show run at Orange Hall Theatre this November as the SUNY Orange’s Apprentice Players have slated their fall performances for the weekends of Nov. 2-4 and 9-11 on the College’s Middletown campus.

Evening performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3 and 9-10, will begin at 8 p.m. while Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 11.

“4.48 Psychosis,” written by Sarah Kane, is a darkly disturbing drama about depression and suicide. However, light and shadow, life and death, hope and despair are strangely intermingled in this complex theatrical work. “4.48 Psychosis,” was the last play Kane wrote shortly before she committed suicide. It has an eerie autobiographical feel. It has been described as a kind of suicide note, but the play is much more than that.

The title refers to the darkest moment before the dawn, but here it is a moment of insight, a moment of clarity, from which Kane offers us an inside view of a stormy soul slipping irretrievably toward self-annihilation. The cast of Shelly Kornher, Zarif Ahmed, Rebecca Paulino, William Rittenhouse and Tara Babick will be under the direction of Cabot Parsons.

The evening takes a comical turn with “WASP,” written by Steve Martin. WASP is an acronym for White Anglo Saxon Protestant. Martin wrote this very funny one-act play, depicting the “traditional W.A.S.P. values” of the 1950s in the United States, the time period in which he grew up.

Using symbolism and characterizations, Martin humorously denounces and parodies the “typical” two-parent, two-child “50s household” which marked the last decade of these traditional values. Directed by David H. Cohen, the cast includes Alexander Yirka Folsom, Kelly McCallen, Jordan Scarzfava, Josh Acosta, Karla Herrera, Kyle Burnett, Anwar George and Jasmine Flowers.

Ticket prices are $12, general admission; $8, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $2, 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. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

Orange Hall Theatre, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. Parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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