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The Ithaca College main-stage season begins with Plumfield, Iraq by Barbara Lebow, an unflinching look at the havoc a distant military conflict wreaks on small-town American life. The fall musical is Light in the Piazza, written by Craig Lucas with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins), set in Italy and based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer. Presented...

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“The way a nation treats its poor and unfortunate citizens, most especially its children, is the mark of how civilized it truly is.” —Gaddarn, Coram Boy

I have found, over time, that I can never really know what I will uncover in my research and explorations in preparation for a play. I know I can count on historical background, accounts of manners and social form,...

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Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital

by Emily Viterese, Assistant Dramaturg

Captain Thomas Coram born in 1668 was the founder of the Foundling Hospital located in London. Before he retired to his home in London with his wife he was the master of a trading vessel between England and Massachusetts. He would frequently travel into the city on business and saw...

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Notes from the Assistant Dramaturg, Casey Krosser

Handel is considered one of the greatest English composers of the Baroque period. Handel’s father, like Alexander Ashbrook’s in Coram Boy, did not support his son’s passion for music. Instead Handel’s father pressured his son to become a lawyer. Nevertheless Handel continued to study and became...

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By: Matthew R. Reis—Staff Writer | February 23, 2011

All of the drama, love and despair of the Orpheus myth return to Ithaca College for a third time. After staging “Euridice” in 2009 and “Metamorphoses” in 2008, the theater department takes on the Italian opera “L’Orfeo” by Claudio Monteverdi, another retelling of the tale.

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