BC Stages “New Voices 2011”

The Boston College Theatre Department and Robsham Theater Arts Center underscore their continued commitment to support “new work” this winter, when they present the second production of the spring semester, New Voices 2011, an evening of original plays by BC student playwrights.

The production—performed in Robsham Theater’s Bonn Studio Theater—features two works: The Missing Piece by Riley Madincea ’11 and Chase 304 by Meghan Crosby ’12. Both plays are staged under the direction of Theatre Department Chair Scott T. Cummings.

“This is a great opportunity not just for student playwrights but for student actors as well to learn about new play development,” noted Cummings. “The crucible of rehearsal prompts lots of changes and adjustments in the scripts. It’s an exciting process.”

The Missing Piece tells the story of an estranged brother and sister who are reunited by their mother’s funeral. Their encounter with a mysterious stranger leads each of them to a better understanding of who they are and what really matters in life. Chase 304 is a slice‐of‐life comedy about eight college women hanging out in their dormitory common room late on a Saturday afternoon. The play takes a tender look at campus life from a distinctly female point of view, as the characters deal with homework, social lives and the perplexing questions of love and romance.

“The two plays could not be more different in tone and style,” Cummings said. “I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised.”

Meghan Crosby '12, Riley Madincea '11, and Scott T. Cummings. Photo courtesy of Lee Pellegrini.

Both Madincea and Crosby are undergraduate theatre majors who are active on campus. The director of My Mother’s Fleabag, BC’s oldest improv comedy troupe, Riley Madincea plans to pursue a career in acting after graduation. Meghan Crosby is active in a number of campus cultural groups, including the University Chorale, Liturgy Arts Group and Artists Striving to End Poverty. She will appear in the Theatre Department’s spring production of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The New Voices 2011 cast features BC students Courtney Alpaugh ’13, Shannon DeBari ’13, Owen Grover ’12, Hana Hyseni ’13, Maggie Kearnan ’14, Steven Kreager ’12, Phoebe Kuhlman ’13, Thais Menedez ’14, Nicole Trauffer ’13, Mary Vasile ’14 and Sarah Winglass ’14. The production team includes resident Costume Designer Jacqueline Dalley and three guest artists: Cristina Todesco (Scenic Design), Scott Clyve (Lighting Design), and David Wilson (Sound Design).

The production opens Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:30pm and runs through Saturday, February 26, 2011, and Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2pm in the Bonn Studio Theater at the Robsham Theater Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the RTAC Box Office, or by calling 617‐552‐4002. For more information, please go to www.bc.edu/theatre.

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