Student Productions of “Death Comes To Us All, Mary Agnes” and “Freakshow” To Grace OH Theatre Stage

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Under the billing of “Monsters and Freaks,” the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players announce their annual Spring performances of a pair of one-act plays, including “Death Comes To Us All, Mary Agnes” and “Freakshow,” this April in Orange Hall Theatre on the College’s Middletown campus.

The student productions will enjoy a five-show run with performances for the weekends of April 11-13 and 18-19 Evening performances on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 and 18-19, will begin at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on April 13 at 3 p.m. 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). Both plays contain strong language and adult themes and situations, and are not suitable for children.

“Freakshow,” written by Carson Kreitzer and directed by Cabot Parsons, tells the story of an early 20th century traveling freakshow. “Freakshow” is one of those rare gems of the theatre that oozes tons of character development ... and these characters are memorable. They are lovable. They will stay with you long after the show is over. Things are changing. The anger of being stared at, trapped, caged, is at war with the comfort of knowing your place in the universe. But the growing defiance of the freaks is no act.

Will the dog-faced woman break her bonds from the show, collapsing the fragile bubble of sustaining interdependence? Can the jaded ringmaster, a profoundly broken man, find redemption through his love for the ... woman with no arms and no legs? In this poetic gritty world, there may only be one way out. The cast includes Michelle Conklin, Shelly Kornher, Spencer Lincoln, Sandy Aulet, Alan Moss, Joseph Polichetti and Marshall Ulger.

The evening takes an over-the-top turn with the comical farce “Death Comes To Us All, Mary Agnes” written by Christopher Durang and directed by David H. Cohen. Cohen has taken this early Durang one-act play and added a new “Twilight Zone” twist.

“People are so full of themselves, they love the sound of their own voices and don’t hear anyone else. Consequently their loved ones die all around them, dropping like flies. In this play, dysfunctional family equals comic deaths,” states Cohen. Although the story is dramatic, it is really a framework for an irreverently comedic take on the relations between the family and the household.

“Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes” boasts a large cast of characters who all come equipped with their own neuroses and needs. The cast includes Tyreek J. Walrond, Nancy Briggs-Talarico, Andrea Wynn, Ray Otte, Joanna Dykeman, Joseph Colon, Emily Dykeman, Dakota Cohen, Billy Rittenhouse, Victoria Cottone, Pratik Bhurwad, Jeremiah Dorsey and Matt Lange.

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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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940