Surprises are in store for audiences who attend the upcoming fall performances of Cayuga Community College’s award-winning student theatre group Harlequin Productions.
This fall the group will perform “Rooms,” a series of six short plays submitted by playwrights from across the United States. All of the plays take place in a single room, with each performance featuring twists and turns in the intimate Black Box Theatre on Cayuga’s Auburn Campus, in which audiences will sit less than 20 feet from the action.
Performances are Oct. 25-Oct. 27 and Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $2 for students, and will be available at the door.
Featured plays include “Scripted” by Mark Harvey Levine, in which a couple wakes up and finds a script that is their conversations and actions for the day, making them realize how boring their lives are. In “The Night Before” by Mark Dietrich Wyss, a woman hears a noise and wakes her husband. He gets his gun and shoots the intruder, who ends up surprising the couple even more when they learn his identity.
Ending the first act is “An Idle Fancy” by Libba Beaucham. A woman comes to her husband and tells him she would like to be in love with him. He dismisses the idea because a marriage is so much more than love, but is it?
The second act begins with “Fortune Teller” by George J. Bryjak, in which an overbearing woman and her meek husband go to a fortune teller to see if they can find out if their son, who is serving in the Army, will survive. The fortune teller, though, surprises them both. In “LA 8 AM” by Mark Harvey Levine, two otherworldly beings describe the life of a couple in numbers — all he wants is to enjoy his 127th bowl of Froot Loops, but she wants more.
The final play of the evening is “Foreclosure,” by George Cameron Grant, in which a woman is explaining her life to a man who just foreclosed on her home as movers empty her house.
The ensemble cast play multiple parts and includes sophomores Autumn Brewer, Kaylee Boise, Theodore Brill, Tristan Nolan, Marissa Sorber and Jack Hall, and newcomers Carmen Liberatore, Thomas Norris, Adam Birtwell, Sam Hodges and Ariel White.
Auburn High School senior Felicia McIlvain is the stage manager for the ensemble. Long-time Harlequin Productions Director Bob Frame again takes the helm, and is assisted by designer Virginia Fennessy and props master Terri Gadsby.