A series of three one-act plays by two European masters will be presented by The Forum Players on October 9, 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Proposal and The Bear by Russian playwright Anton Chekov and French playwright Jean-Baptiste Moliere's Scapino, adapted by Noyce Burleson from the full-length play created by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale, will be directed by former Genesee Community College Theatre Arts student Christophe Anderson. Tickets for the One-Act Plays are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.
Nicknamed "Welcome To The Family" by Fine and Performing Arts Director Marcia Morrison, these plays are "family friendly." According to Anderson, "they're funny, they're entertaining. It's our version of an animated cartoon, complete with zany cartoon sound effects." And they're action-packed too: "Scapino has eleven entrances and exits so there's a lot going on," he said. But the most impressive aspect of this experience, states Ms. Morrison, is the way the Forum Players, the student-based acting group at Genesee, have come together as a family: "The way the students have responded to difficult material, the way they approach the subject has been phenomenal. Most classical pieces require huge casts and costume demands, so these one-acts are the perfect answer to meeting the needs of our students with the time constraints of the program."
Christophe Anderson attended Genesee Community College, graduating with an Associates Degree in Theatre Arts in 2000. He continued his studies at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting in May 2003. "I met most of the students when I attended the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival competition last spring," he said. "I was so impressed with their professionalism, so when Marcia suggested that I come back to direct, I welcomed the opportunity." A three-time Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee, Mr. Anderson agrees with Ms. Morrison that these plays are great introductions to classic theatre.
According to Ms. Morrison, "all three plays are being transferred from their original places and times to Mid-America during the mid-Twentieth century. In The Proposal, a nervous neighbor attempts to propose marriage to a spinster farmer's daughter - sort of Green Acres meets American Gothic. In The Bear, a rowdy cowboy confronts a luscious widow - definitely Roy Rogers meets Blazing Saddles. And in Scapino, physical humor abounds when an extra-clever con man, somewhat ably assisted by a not-so-clever and goofy cast of characters, help two sons get two brides in spite of the protestations of two wealthy fathers - think 1950's juke box music, outdoor cafÃƒÂ©, and Wily Coyote."
For additional information or to make reservations, call the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814. Box Office hours are 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday.