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CCRI Players to present evening of 10-minute plays

April 18, 2016

Students Megan Jackson and Nicholas Menna perform in “Occupy Hallmark." CCRI students Megan Jackson and Nicholas Menna perform in “Occupy Hallmark,” one of seven short plays that will be staged from April 21 to 24 at the Liston Campus.

The Community College of Rhode Island Players will conclude the 2015-16 season with a program of seven short plays, six of which are student-directed, from Thursday to Sunday, April 21 to 24, at the Liston Campus in Providence. The umbrella title for the show "Can You Deal With It?" was chosen because the plays, though varied in style and tone, each contain a thread of that theme.

Student directors must meet various criteria regarding academic performance and active involvement in previous CCRI Players' productions, including having served as a stage manager or assistant director on a faculty-directed show. This year's directors, mentored by Associate Professor Luke J. Sutherland, are performance track student Raymond Legare of Pawtucket and technical track student Kat Brown of West Greenwich. Each will direct three 10-minute plays chosen from the works of six different playwrights from the greater Boston area.

Legare will direct "Occupy Hallmark" by Cassie M. Seinuk, "Quack" by Patrick Gabridge, and "Fortress of Solitude" by Dan Milstein and Kristin Baker. Last semester, Legare served as assistant director and dramaturg for "American Buffalo," and his dramaturgy work was entered in the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Brown will direct "Jinxed" by K. Alexa Mavromatis, "Are You Sure?" by George Sauer and "Houston" by Michael Kimball. A 2015 graduate of Exeter/West Greenwich High School, she was light board operator for the CCRI performance of Valerie Hager's solo show, "Naked in Alaska" in September, assistant stage manager for "The Rocky Horror Show," for which she was nominated for the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival stage management fellowship. She was also assistant stage manager for "American Buffalo" and "Tigers Be Still" and stage managed for Charles Sullivan Fund guest artist Karen Skaire's solo show, "Ripple of Hope." She is a member of the International Thespian Society.

Sutherland will direct the seventh play, "Moving On" by John Minigan.

Members of the cast are: Daniel Aponte of Pawtucket, Erin Batista, Nicholas Charles Hennemann, and Nicholas P. Menna of Warwick; Micaela Chille of Middletown, Julia Egan of Cranston; Nora Ihris of Coventry; Megan Jackson of Cumberland; PJ Marchand of West Warwick; Miguel Santos of Providence; and Nicholas P. Simonin of North Providence. Set design is by Sutherland, lighting design is by student Jamie Allstrom, costume design is by student Trey Hendley and Marilyn Salvatore, sound design is by student Kent Ramsden, properties design is by student Katie Westgate, makeup design is by student Kimberly Middlemiss and technical direction is by Justin C. Carroll. Student stage managers are Grue Robinson and Carla McCarron.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 21 to 23, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time or by sending an email with your ticket order.

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