Wagner College Theatre Studio Season Kicks Off With Dutchman And 21 Chump Street
While the Main Stage at Wagner College is known for producing your typical Broadway musicals and comedies, head across the street to hidden gem known as the Stage One Studio Theatre for an authentic experience when it comes to straight plays and drama. Following a successful opening of Damn Yankees last week, Wagner College Theatre prepares to open its doors to the black box known as Stage One home to immersive, interactive and close up theatrical experiences. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre kicks off its Stage One Studio season with Dutchman and 21 Chump Street tonight!
Dutchman is a play by LeRoi Jones that takes place on your average subway ride which means at to be anything but ordinary. A white woman and young black man engage in conversation flirting with race and rage as we discover an anger below the everyday American attitude. 21 Chump Street is a mini musical written by Tony Award winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, best known for his Broadway blockbuster Hamilton currently on the stage, that is based off a real life story. A high school boy falls for a transfer student who actually ends up being an undercover cop investigating the school for drugs. The musical short is less than a one-act show and musically, clocks in at less than 15 minutes.
The Dutchman cast is led by Victoria Puza as Lula and Jason Rath as Clay). The ensemble includes Christian Alvarez, Zachary Berteletti, Jeanine Bruen, Kanyi Creppy, Gabi Gross, Rachael Houser, Darnell Xavier Kenney, Kristi Long, Chris Rucci and Maria Salerno. The 21 Chump Street cast features Kanyi Creppy as Narrator, Darnell Xavier Kenney as Justin, Jeanine Bruen/Kristi Long/Gabi Gross as Naomi, Maria Salerno/Rachael Houser as Cousin 1, Zach Berteletti/Chris Rucci as Cousin 2 and Christian Alvarez as Cousin 3. The show officially opens tonight in Stage One and runs through Sunday October 11th. All performances are at 8 PM with a 2 PM matinee on Saturday as well. Sunday’s performance is only at 2 PM.
Wagner College Theatre’s Head of Voice, David McDonald (Pictured Left), helms the ambitious double bills with Maggie Marino as choreographer and Kanyi Creppy as musical director for 21 Chump Street. The rest of the creative team Pam Pangaro as scenic designer, Martha Bromelmeir‘s Stage Costuming Class as costumer designers, Ellen Schmoyer as lighting designer and Matt Hervilly as sound designer. Emma McElwee is production stage manager.
Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 in the nation. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces eight productions a year with four on the Main Stage and four in the Stage One Studio. The Main Stage kicked off its season with Damn Yankees last week! Slated to hit the stage later this season on the Main Stage is The Most Happy Fella, Iolanthe and A Chorus Line while the Stage One Studio Theatre you can expect to see The Tempest, the premiere of New York Lands and The Dance Project.
I am incredibly excited to visit Wagner College later this week to experience this double bill for myself! I cannot recall in recent memory Wagner College Theatre ever producing a double bill on one of its stages. David McDonald has helmed some of the most brilliant and interactive works in this space and I can only imagine he has done so again tapping into the national conversation currently happening. He works far beyond the text and consistently provides theatre with students performing far beyond their average performance level. I look forward to joining in the conversation later this week. Don’t forget, Damn Yankees begins a second week of performances on the Main Stage tomorrow running through Sunday!
Don’t miss your chance to sit down, speak up and become part of the conversation as Wagner College Theatre kicks off its Stage One Studio season with a unique double bill experience! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. Thank you to Karen O’Donnell for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!