poster for New Works/New WaysTHEATRE PROGRAM OFFERS NEW WORKS IN NEW WAYS 

The Theatre Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present New Works/New Ways featuring two plays written by UAlbany alums which will be presented virtuallyMaddy Rolon’s Mothman and Ava O’Dea’s Postmortem (Or, How To Live After Death) will be offered on November 12-14 at 8pm and November 14 & 15 at 2pm. Both plays dwell in the supernatural, life after death (in both the literal and figurative sense), coping with loss, the volatility of young romantic relationships and the kind of self-reckoning that is unavoidable as we come of age. Registration is not required and links to the live performances will be posted at https://www.albany.edu/musicandtheatre/theatre-productions.

In Rolon’s Mothman, three friends arrive in a cemetery at midnight to search for a creature from urban legend, but what they find is much more than what they’ve bargained for. Rolon is an actor, playwright and fight director. Her past plays that were workshopped at UAlbany include Tomorrow, A Spirited Proposal and What Fools. UAlbany acting roles included Oberan in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sunny Jacobs in The Exonerated and Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel in addition to Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It with Saratoga Shakespeare Company. An Actors' Equity membership candidate, Rolon has a passion for classical theatre, gender imaginative casting, lesbian representation and dark comedy.

In O’Dea’s Postmortem, the lead character discovers that life after death is not the “heavenly” place she imagined it to be -- there’s real work involved and hard lessons to be learned.  O’Dea is a recent UAlbany graduate with a degree in English and Theatre studies. Postmortem was previously featured at UAlbany’s FRESH ACTS and Capital Repertory Theatre’s Next Act! play festivals. Two of her other plays, $15,000 and Bennie Aiken is a Big, Fat Virgin, have also been featured in FRESH ACTS.

The production is directed by guest artist Jacqueline Springfield, an actor, director and educator. Directing credits include American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Middle Tennessee State University, The Tank Theatre and Darkhorse Theatre while her teaching credits include The Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre, New York Film Academy, Brooklyn College, Wildwind Performance Lab at Texas Tech and The Black Arts Institute at Stella Adler. Springfield is a certified Associate Instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework and continues to work as a performer in film, television, theatre and voiceover.

For further information, contact the Theatre Program office at (518) 442-4200 or [email protected].

 

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