SBU?Theater To Explore Shakespearean Meaning Of Life In ‘42 Shakes’

ST. BONAVENTURE – St. Bonaventure University’s SBU Theater will perform “42 Shakes: A Work in Progress” on five dates in March.

The production explores the meaning of life through the works of William Shakespeare.

The shows are scheduled for March 21-22 and March 27-29. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Garret Theater on campus.

“42 Shakes: A Work in Progress” is categorized as devised-theater, which differs from traditional theater.

“In traditional theater, the cast members are given a script and learn the lines as written,” said Rebecca Misenheimer, associate professor of theater and director of “42 Shakes.” “In devised theater, the cast members are given an idea, and they develop a script together from those ideas.”

Misenheimer and Dr. Ed. Simone, professor of theater and director of the university’s theater program, created the concept of exploring the meaning of life through Shakespeare’s literary works. However, the ideas from Shakespeare will be incorporated into the production in a contemporary manner.

“We don’t plan on taking different lines from Shakespeare and throwing it all together,” Simone said. “The addition of choreography, music, set design and components from other literary works will generate a modern production that the cast creates based on their ideas.”

The ensemble includes: Lea Battaglia, an English major from Seneca Falls; Carl Tyler Beacker, an English major from Galeton, Pa.; Kristen Caputo, an undeclared major from Woodstock; Nathan Cass, a visual and performing arts major from Stuttgart, Germany; William Fanton, non-matriculating student from Cuba; Will Foust, an English major from Lower Burrell, Pa.; Tori Lanzillo, a theater major from Victor; Ryan Lim, a chemistry major from Millville, N.J.; Makeda Loney, a journalism and mass communication major from Brooklyn; Sean O’Brien, a journalism and mass communication major from Ilion; Brooke Perkins, a theater major from Utica, Ohio; Molly Schaefer, a sociology major from Clay; Dakota Ward, a journalism and mass communication major from Depew; and Dr. Simone.

Seven students make up the production crew: Chernice Miller, stage manager, a journalism and mass communication major from Brooklyn; Whitney Downard, assistant stage manager, a journalism and mass communication major from Vestal; Makeda Loney, costume designer; Freddy Alvarez, lighting designer, a journalism and mass communication major from Bronx; Nicky Rivera, prop master, a finance major from Elmhurst; Gladys Ofori, a sociology major from Bronx; and Diana Adegoke, a business information systems major from Springfield Gardens.

Tickets are $8 for the public, $6 for SBU employees and students. Free student rush tickets will be available on a limited basis one hour before curtain at the Garret Theater box office, one ticket per valid student ID, in-person only.

For tickets and information, please call the Quick Arts Center box office at 375-2494.