SUNY Orange Theatre Ensemble to Feature “Food for the Dead” and “Lux in Tenebris” at Orange Hall Theatre

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Two one-act plays, under the billing of “El Marido and Money,” comprise the annual spring performances of the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players, who will showcase “Food For The Dead,” and “Lux in Tenebris”“ this April in Orange Hall Theatre on the College’s Middletown campus.

The student productions, both under the direction of David Cohen, will enjoy a six-show run during the weekends of April 8-10 and 15-17. Evening performances on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9 and April 15-16 will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees on April 10 and 17 set for 3 p.m. There will be a “talk back” with actors and directors immediately following the Saturday, April 9 performance.

“Food For The Dead” by Josefina Lopez, is a satirical comedy that explores the Mexican “Day of the Dead” tradition of putting up an altar with food for the deceased. The story centers around a Mexican-American family’s reunion on Halloween night. Candela has been mourning her husband for nine years and is finally going to say goodbye to him and hello to her new life. Her children, Jose, Rosario and Gloria, are very supportive of their new and improved mother. As the reunion progresses, her son reveals to his family that he is gay and his party guest is his lover. The deceased dad rises from the dead to straighten out the son, but all hell breaks loose--literally! The cast includes Sandy Aulet, Jason Garfinkel, Marcella Martinez, Cassie Corallo, Andrew Spotts, Tyler Farnell, Ray Aponte and Tavia Dean.

“Lux in Tenebris,” by Bertolt Brecht, is a short one-act farce performed in prose about prostitution, morality and hypocrisy. The opening of an exhibit on the horrors of sexual disease right across the street from a local brothel is the catalyst for many twists and turns. The cast of “Lux in Tenebris” includes Tyler Farnell, Marcella Martinez, Jason Garfinkel, Ray Aponte, Tavia Dean, Sandy Aulet, Cassie Corallo and Andrew Spotts.

Ticket prices are $10, general admission; $8, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Student tickets are only available at the box office. All other tickets may be purchased online. For group prices (10 or more) call (845) 341-4790. There is a $2.50 surcharge for each ticket purchased online. Tickets purchased online may be printed at home or picked up at the box office. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. Content may not be suitable for young children. All children must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.

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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