One Act Plays “Dog Act” and “Eat Your Heart Out” Included in Annual Fall Student Production

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The student production of “Dog|Heart” will enjoy a six-show run at Orange Hall Theatre this November as the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players announce their fall performances will be held during the weekends of Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 on the College’s Middletown campus. “Dog|Heart” consists of the one-act plays “Dog Act” and “Eat Your Heart Out.”

Evening performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 and 15-16. Sunday matinee performances, on Nov. 10 and 17, will begin at 3 p.m. Both productions contain strong language.

“Dog Act,” written by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Cabot Parsons, is a theatrical post-apocalyptic dark comedy and a variation on the classic doomsday genre with five original songs. The plot is a buddy story: two wandering vaudevillians—one human and one putative canine—are trying to get from North America to China, land of fabulous wealth and ease. On the way they run into homicidal scavengers, treacherous “frenemies,” and the ruins of a city that symbolize guilt and forgiveness.

All the appropriate cultural themes are dealt with in due order: the insufficiency of knowledge juxtaposed with the over-productive power of language; original sin and redemption; and the necessity of the (theatrical) imagination to keep us insane humans on the rails of our crazy train. The cast includes Nina Ryan, Dakota Cohen, Michelle Conklin, Victoria Cottone, Adrian Cifuentes, Joe Polichetti, Spencer Lincoln and Faiq Zarif Ahmed.

Courtney Baron’s “Eat Your Heart Out,” directed by David H. Cohen, starts as a fast-paced comedy but eventually turns into something much more serious and even tragic. Alice and Gabe are desperate to adopt a child. Nance, a single mom just starting to date, struggles to connect with her teenage daughter Evie. And Evie wishes her best friend, Colin, could fall for her rather than just trying to fix things.

With both humor and aching insight, these lives are woven together in a tale of parental hopes and fears, and of hearts consumed by longing. This play decidedly is about needs, but also courage and identity. Whether risking love again, aching for a child to nurture with your spouse, or being able to look in a mirror and be reminded by someone who loves you that you need to love yourself first, this play resonates. The cast includes Shelly Kornher, Billy Rittenhouse, Sandy Aulet, Darren B. Blot, Joanna Dykeman and Marshal Ulger.

There will be a “Talk Back” immediately after the Nov. 16 performance. The audience is invited to stay and discuss the production with the directors.

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” tab on the home page and follow to “Theatre Tickets”). For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4790. 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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