APPRENTICE PLAYERS TO PERFORM "MOONCHILDREN" IN NOVEMBER

9/26/2018

Play Written by Michael Weller to Enjoy Six-Show Run at SUNY Orange’s Middletown Camput

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Apprentice Players will present “Moonchildren” by Michael Weller on stage at the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange during the weekends of Nov. 9-11 and 16-18.

Weller has long had his hand on the pulse of youth culture in America. He is best known to the general public for his screenplay adaptations of “Ragtime” and “Hair,” but made his reputation as a playwright in a trio of plays about the 1960’s (“Moonchildren,” “Loose Ends” and “Fishing”). These plays depict the passionate and sometimes unfocused zeal for life that fuels college students.

“Moonchildren” is a universal story, set in 1965, about eight college students on the verge of graduation who are forced to make life choices they are not well prepared to make. It explores how these students react to the impending transition from the unmoored existence of student life—free love, idealistic protest, romantic illusion, care free poverty and hedonism—to the demands of adulthood; leaving behind self-indulgence for a life of consequence and assessing their prospects in it.

Under the direction of SUNY Orange theatre professor David Cohen, “Moonchildren” will enjoy a six-performance run. Friday and Saturday performances, on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances, Nov. 11 and 18 begin at 3 p.m. There will be a talk-back with the director and cast following each Saturday evening performance.

Some content may not be suitable for children. Everyone is required to have a ticket to enter the theatre, regardless of age. Cash, check, or major credit cards are accepted at the box office. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, faculty/staff, and alumni; and $4 for students. Active duty military are admitted free. Student tickets are available at the box office only. All other tickets may be purchased in advance online for a $2.50 service charge per ticket. For group prices (10 or more) call (845) 341-4790. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Max Schaefer at (845) 341-4790. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page. The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall (formerly Orange Hall Theatre) is universally accessible. Parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.


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