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CCRI Players present student-directed works

April 15, 2015

Jerry Middlemiss and Victoria Ezikovich perform in "Leave a Message," one of six 10-minute plays that will be staged in “Pardon the Interruption” at the Liston Campus April 16 to 19. Jerry Middlemiss and Victoria Ezikovich perform in "Leave a Message," one of six 10-minute plays that will be staged in “Pardon the Interruption” at the Liston Campus April 16 to 19.

The final production of the CCRI Players' 2014-15 season, "Pardon the Interruption," a program of six student-directed short plays, will be performed at the Liston Campus in Providence April 16 to 19.

This year's directors, mentored by Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland, are Theatre Performance Track majors Andrew Conley and Katie Westgate, each directing three 10-minute plays chosen from works by six different playwrights from the greater Boston area. The umbrella title "Pardon the Interruption" was chosen because the six plays, though varied in style and tone, each contain a thread of that theme.

Conley, of Johnston, is directing "The Mouse" by Colleen Hughes, "Peace Be With You" by Catherine M. O'Neill and "The Search" by Alexandra Marshall. Conley was stage manager for "Bug," which earned him the opportunity to be a stage management intern at the Region 1 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival regional in January. Last season, he appeared as Sgt. Carlino in "Wait Until Dark." While attending Gautier High School in Mississippi, he played District Attorney Flint in "The Night of January 16." Behind the scenes, he was light board operator for "The Spitfire Grill," properties captain for "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" and sound board operator for "Six Degrees of Respect."

Westgate, of Rumford, served as stage manager for "Circle Mirror Transformation" last semester, after being assistant stage manager for "Bug." Most recently, she was lighting board operator for "The Language Archive." She performed as Holly in "Slugger," one of the 10-minute plays in last season's student project, "Six Degrees of Respect." She is a 2012 graduate of East Providence High School, where she played Prudy Pingleton in "Hairspray" and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in "My Fair Lady." She is directing "Delivery" by Deirdre Girard, "Harbor Lights" by Michael S. Parsons and "Leave a Message" by Cassie M. Seinuk.

"Pardon the Interruption" has set design by Sutherland, lighting design by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, costume design by Marina Tejada, sound design by Kaisey Caputo and technical direction by Justin C. Carroll. Stage managers are Rebecca Tremblay of Providence and Stephanie Randazzo of Rumford.

Members of the cast are Amanda Beaton, Jerry Middlemiss, Matthew C. Parker and Braham Renovales of Providence; Nicholas Menna and Kim Middlemiss of Warwick; Victoria Ezokovich of Warren; Jeana Ariel Garcia of North Providence; Justin Fortin of Cranston; Paul J. Marchand of West Warwick; Cardryell Truss of Jamestown; Samantha Sievers of Richmond; and Derek Smith of Woonsocket.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 16 to 18, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19.

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