Written by brothers Robert and Willie Reale, A Year With Frog and Toad details the woodland adventures of two companions, a toad and frog, as they interact with various other animals throughout the course of a year. The musical is based off of the popular children's Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel.
Imaginative sets, colorful costumes, unique props and, of course, fabulous student talent were showcased in this fresh, vibrant production of the timeless Shakespeare classic.
Rebecca Misenheimer, an assistant professor of theater, designed the set, which was primarily a white-on-black theme subtly suggestive of the yin-yang symbol to represent the continuing theme and importance of balance among characters throughout the play.
Junior Emily West, who designed costumes and props for SBU Theater productions “Dracula” in 2010, and “Don’t Dress for Dinner” in 2011, put her creativity back to work for this production’s thought-provoking costumes.
“Emily designed these costumes with an eye toward making them contemporary enough so that they resonate with the audience, and so that they reflect character, but also talk about the ancestry of the play, and the progression of the play from its origins in the Renaissance and Shakespeare’s inspiration from the old Greek stories, and moving forward to now,” said theater professor Ed. Simone, who directed the play.
While traditional farces deal mainly with middle-age or older characters, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” features the comic goings-on of a younger cast, forming a tangled web of lies involving mistaken identities and scandalous secrets.
Robin Hawdon’s adaptation of this charade from 1991 is a comedy about a married couple who are both involved with other people, or at least they think they are, and is set during a weekend getaway in a French country house. Director Ed. Simone, Ph.D., professor of theater, hints, “Things go terribly wrong ... in a terribly funny way.”
Emily West, a junior theater and journalism and mass communication dual major, acted as the play’s set dresser, designing the aesthetics of the set and the color palette for the production.
“Our goals were to create a space that blended rustic countryside charm with upscale sophisticated style and taste,” said Rebecca Misenheimer, assistant professor of theater. “While it’s a modern play, it’s a completely different cross-section of society than we’re used to.”
“The Burial At Thebes,” an adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, tells the dramatic story of the children of Oedipus, cursed by the gods for their father’s mistake. The acts of passion and retribution are retold this time in the spare, modern language that is the hallmark of Heaney’s writing.
The setting for “The Burial at Thebes” was as sharp and bare as Heaney’s language, with only metal scaffolding and chain-link fence. Director Ed. Simone, Ph.D., professor of theater, and designer Rebecca Misenheimer, assistant professor of theater, wanted to convey an environment of unrest, a society emerging from a long struggle.
“The forces of tradition and religion tangle with the passions of individuals in the ‘Antigone’ story,” says Simone. “We want to make very clear the present day resonances. This is a tale that’s been affecting audiences for 2,500 years.”
Live music was part of the action on stage as St. Bonaventure music faculty and student musicians provided original musical scoring for “The Burial at Thebes.”
Terror hit the stage through the production of "Dracula" in the historic Garret Theater.
An adaptation by Scottish playwright Liz Lockhead brought Bram Stoker's eerie and passionate tale to life. SBU Theater cast and crew created both a thrilling and rather scary experience.
The 2010 One Act Festival included works by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, both Nobel Prize winners; David Ives, a noted Broadway and Off-Broadway writer whose one-act plays have been popular with SBU Theater audiences; and Lawrence G. Smith, an Artie Award-nominated playwright who has had several works performed regionally, including one that’s playing at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theater.
The audience was taken on a journey through the strange and unusual, from being trapped in a manipulative desert to watching a noted historical figure reliving his own demise over and over, said Dr. Ed. Simone, chairman of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and head of the SBU Theater program. The evening included Pinter’s hard-hitting examination of state-sanctioned torture, an exploration of loneliness, as well as silent pieces for two moving bodies in the style of Japanese Buto.
St. Bonaventure students entertained audiences with a production of the comedy "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare.
The story is based on love, deception and finding one's true self. It revolved around the lives of two feuding brothers and a woman who runs away, dressed as a man, to fool lovers and protect herself.
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