CSI’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Be Performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

CSI students will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, this weekend.

The Drama Program at the College of Staten Island has been invited to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), Region II, at Towson University in Baltimore this weekend.

“We have been given the honor of having been invited to bring an entire show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Lee Papa, to be performed in this competition, as well as being invited to bring a scene from this fall’s student production of Machinal, directed by Christine Zahra-DeVito,” noted Maurya Wickstrom, Associate Professor with CSI’s Performing and Creative Arts Department and Chair of the Drama Program.

Additionally, CSI will showcase six actors (along with their scene partners) in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions competition.

The festival is a five-day event, comprised of competitions, as well as acting classes, workshops, and staged readings. All totaled, about 25 CSI students will be showing their work in this national competition.

“It’s quite an honor to be invited, especially to bring a full production, and also a great honor that our student director, Christine, made it into the festival,” added Wickstrom.

Several CSI faculty members, including Lee Papa, Kevin Judge, and Maurya Wickstrom, will be attending in support of CSI’s unprecedented participation in the event.

Drama Presentation: "Machinal"

The Drama Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts presents Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, a senior project directed by Christine Zahra-DeVito, on Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 20, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00pm and Sunday, Oct. 24 at 6:00pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Lab Theatre.

Machinal, is a leading American Expressionist play, and the first written by a woman, Sophie Treadwell. It was written in 1928 and inspired by the famous 1928 murder trial and execution of a woman for killing her husband. Nine vivid, hard-hitting episodes visit the subjective horrors and secret joys in the life of the woman who will kill her husband, culminating in her trial and execution. The production, directed by senior Dramatic Arts major Christine Zahra-Devito, and scored to music, is created by a team of talented and inspired students, and brings this very important play and topic to life at our College.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office at 718.982.ARTS (2787).

This is a CLUE-certified event.

-Jennifer Straniere