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CCRI Players kick off season with thriller 'BUG'

Oct. 9, 2014

The CCRI Players will perform "BUG," a dark comedy/thriller, Oct. 23 to 25. The CCRI Players will perform "BUG," a dark comedy/thriller, Oct. 23 to 26.

The Community College of Rhode Island Players will open the 2014-15 season with Tracey Letts' "BUG," a dark comedy/thriller about the perils and pitfalls of unbridled fear, Oct. 23 to 26 in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.

Set in a run-down Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C.

Agnes hides away in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Goss, who was just released from prison. After Agnes and Peter begin a romance, they encounter a hidden bug infestation problem. Their desire for love, connection and esteem becomes fear that soon escalates to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

"BUG" is directed by Prof. Luke J. Sutherland, who also co-designed the lighting with Justin Carroll. Costume design is by Leslie Ford and Brandy Lee Silva. Student members of the design team are Ryan Mundy of Providence (set); Kaisey Caputo of Johnston (sound), Matthew C. Parker of West Warwick (projections); and Jerry Middlemiss of East Providence (properties). Technical direction is by Carroll. The stage manager is Andrew Conley of Johnston, assisted by Katie Westgate of North Providence. Jeana Ariel Garcia of North Providence is assistant director and Clarence Bernard Donath of Richmond is dramaturg. Original percussion music was composed by Joseph Smith.

Members of the cast are: Kerri Lamothe (Agnes White) of Coventry; Amanda Beaton (R.C.) and Brayam Renovales (Jerry Goss), both of Providence; Jeff Ararat (Peter Evans) of Pawtucket; and Clarence Bernard Donath (Dr. Sweet) of Richmond. The understudies are Rebecca Tremblay of Providence, Derek Smith of Woonsocket, and PJ Marchand of West Warwick.

Performances times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 23 to 25, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Reserved-seat tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students, senior citizens and CCRI faculty and staff. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.

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