BU students say ‘yes’ to Noh project

Noh Training Project at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble For immediate release: Nov. 4, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — “The Burial at Thebes,” a collaborative show featuring community artists and students from Bloomsburg University, will open on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alvina Krause Theatre, downtown Bloomsburg.

BU students involved in the production are:

Cast - Adriana Maritato, Ashley Montijo, Chris Tobias, Phil Czekner, Eddie Buck, Chelsea Lucas, Lauren Shover, Jaryn Wilcox, Ben Deivert, Dan Clark , Natasha Willis, Robert Pellechio, Gabriella Russo, Holli Trivelpiece, Sydney Hare, Courtney Costello, Brittany Harris, Donovan Krebs and Chanel Kantz.

Crew - Rebecca Kestel, Sean (Dave) Kim, Adam Wilson, Jack Ward , Anthony Roslevich, Emily Miller, Megan Young, Mary Reinsburrow, Penelope Andrews, Rebecca Kestel, Sonya Anderson, Maya Anderson, Mary Heffner, Amaris Nieves, Nicky Patton, Adam Wilson, Ashley Montijo, Erin Posenna, Tasha Jenkin, Emily Miller and Chelsea Lucas.

Also makeup designer Lauren Abbruzzese, lighting designer Joshua Curran, costume designer Megan Combs, property designer Rachel DelVecchio, assistant director Kaitlyn Ide and stage manager Liz Nugent. Additionally, visiting assistant professor of theatre David Dannenfelser is director for the performance and Karen Anselm, professor of theatre, worked on costume design.

The Noh Training Project, the only intensive Noh training program outside of Japan, brings together members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and students at BU. Elizabeth Dowd, producing director of the project, acted as a consultant for the production and is responsible for much of the choreography in the show.

Written by Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “The Burial at Thebes” is a modern retelling of the legend of Antigone. This updated version focuses on a conflict between the daughter of the late King Oedipus and her father’s successor. The new king believes Antigone’s recently deceased brother was a traitor and refuses to honor his death, but Antigone defends her brother’s position as a brave warrior.

“We’re really excited about the way in which this production merges a variety of influences: antiquity and the modern world, the East and the West,” said Bruce Candlish, associate professor of theatre. “I’m particularly excited to see the quality of work our advanced students are demonstrating in leadership roles on production.”

“The Burial at Thebes” will run from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 13. Performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the show on Sunday will start at 3 p.m. All performances will be held at the Alvina Krause Theatre, located at 226 Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Advance tickets are available at the Haas Center Box Office, which can be reached at (570) 389-4409.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.