2013-2014 Theatre Season

Mere Mortals:: December 2013

Mere Mortals

By David Ives

Directed by Greg Bostwick
Clark Theatre
Previews Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Opens Thursday, December 5, 2013
Closes Sunday, December 8, 2013

From the pen of comic playwright David Ives (author of All in the Timing) comes another collection of short comic playlets, just in time to stave off the winter blahs. Laughter guaranteed.

Tickets

Tickets for Mere Mortals

Tickets for Mere Mortals will go on sale November 13 at the Ithaca College Theatre Box Office located in Dillingham Center. Tickets range in price from $5.50 to $11.00. At this time we are only taking cash and checks. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Box Office hours are noon-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday and one hour before curtain time during selected weeks. (607)274-3224.

 

December

     

Tuesday

December 3 8:00 pm Preview Performance  
Thursday December 5 8:00 pm   Opening Night
Friday December 6 8:00 pm Performance
Saturday December 7 2:00 pm Performance
Saturday December 7 8:00 pm Performance 
Sunday December 8 2:00 pm Performance
       

Press & Photos

Brianna Joy Ford and Stephen Humes in Degas, C'est Moi
Brighten Up Dark Days with Mere Mortals

 

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College Theatre will conclude the fall semester with David Ives’ Mere Mortals. Performances will run in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center on Dec. 3 and 5-7 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Dec. 7-8.

Ticket prices for Mere Mortals range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at the Dillingham Center box office (noon – 5:00pm, M-F). Tickets can be purchased at box office or by calling (607) 274-3224

Ives, a Yale School of Drama graduate and former Guggenheim fellow, has had works both On and Off Broadway. Like Ives’ previous plays All in the Timing and Venus in Fur, the plot’s main mover is language. When director Greg Bostwick was asked why he chose this work, he stated, “There is something for everyone in Mere Mortals as the characters pursue their dreams of an existence that transcends the banality of everyday living.” Whether watching mayflies engage on a first date or three constructions workers reveal their hidden (famous) identities, Mere Mortals takes the audience into a world that is larger than their own.

The Mere Mortals production team includes scenic designer Sami Adamson ’15, lighting designer Steve TenEyck, costume designer Rhiannon Randall ’15, and sound designer Ezra Chamberlain ’15. Travis Coxson ’15 is the stage manager and Alex Pitt ’14 is the technical director. The assistant director is Eliot Cohen ’14.

The cast of Mere Mortals includes Malika Cherifi ’15, Devon Cox ’15, Jordan Friend ’16, Briana Ford ’16, Coleman Hemsath ’15, Stephen Humes ’14, Matt Madden ’15, Joe Pietropaolo ’14, Matt Ryan ’15, Alanna Smith ’14, Emily Viancourt ’14 and Cameron Wenrich ‘17

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Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.

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Cast Biographies

Read here about the cast of "Mere Mortals"
  • Mal Cherifi (Business Woman/Maria/Dr.Fritz) is a junior B.A. theatre studies major from Silver Springs, Maryland. This is Mal's Ithaca College main-stage debut. Other credits include Dinosaur/Bingo Caller in The Skin of Our Teeth, ensemble in It’s a Grand Night For Singing, Bernie in The Water Engine, and Stephano in The Tempest, all at Montgomery College. Mal also devised and directed The Fourth Rail with the MC Black Box Players and Assistant Directed Big Love at Montgomery College. Thanks to KenYatta, Beth, Mom, Dad, and Rabah for getting me here.
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  • Devon Cox (Annie/Ensemble) is a junior B.F.A. musical theatre major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Wendla and Ilse covers in Spring Awakening. Other credits include Chelsea in Dream of the Burning Boy, ensemble in Dirty War Project, The Bacchae, and regional work with The History Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Southern Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company and a 2009 IVEY Award for Little Rock, 1957 at Youth Performance Company. Thank you to my family, none of this would exist without you. Thanks to Greg, Max, Mick, 2015. As always, for Noa Hallie.
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  • Brianna Joy Ford (Amy/Dry Cleaner/Young Woman/Homeless Person) is a sophomore B.F.A. acting major from Mercer Island, Washington. This is her Ithaca College main-stage debut. Previous credits include Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A ridiculous amount of love to my family, my friends, and my Jelani. Thank you for everything.
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  • Jordan Friend (Gorph/Joe) is a sophomore B.F.A. acting major from Chevy Chase, Maryland. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Hans in Enemy of the People and understudy Hugh/Owen in Translations. Other credits include Bill Clinton and others in 44 plays for 44 Presidents with Ithaca College’s No Bucks Theatre, Duke Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi with 4615 Theater Company, and Patrick Simmons in A Murder is Announced with Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre. Many thanks to the cast and crew, and to Greg for this extraordinary opportunity. This performance is dedicated to my mother who always reminds me to laugh.
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  • Coleman Hemsath (Charlie/Eunich) is a junior B.F.A. musical theatre major from Dayton, Ohio. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening and Ken in Man From Nebraska. Other credits include Little Rock in Gypsy and Centipede in James and the Giant Peach with the Hangar Theatre Lab Company and Roger in Grease with The Cortland Repertory Theatre. Currently he is working on a nation water education campaign video called Think Water with film company PSP Productions that will be released May 2014. Thanks to Greg, Matthew, Denise, Steve, and my 2015 family.
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  • Stephen Humes (Chuck II/Ed) is a senior B.F.A. acting major from Hamden, Connecticut. His previous Ithaca College credits include Hanschen/Rupert in Spring Awakening and Man 1, 3, and 5 Cover in Working,  Eddy in The Yellow Boat, and Mark in The Shadow Box. His regional credits include Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Jaime in The Last Five Years, Frankie Epps in Parade, Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the title role in Hamlet. Stephen received critical attention this summer for his comedic turn as the young mechanical Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Stratford American Shakespeare Theatre. Additionally, Stephen co-produced, directed and performed in a special engagement benefit concert of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World—a production to benefit The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is the founder of the Backstage Ensemble theatre group in his hometown. Love to friends and family! www.stephenhumes.com
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  • Matt Madden (Horace/Chuck I) is a junior B.F.A. musical theatre major from Newtown, Connecticut. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Billing in An Enemy of the People, Manus in Translations, Provost in Measure for Measure, and Priest cover in The Light in the Piazza. Other credits include Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and Bellboy in Titanic the Musical and Jeremy Jacob in How I Became a Pirate: The Musical, both at the Hangar Theatre. Thank you to the entire production team and cast for all the hard work and laughter! Special thanks to Greg for this fantastic opportunity and to my friends and family for their constant love and support! Get ready for a fun evening! Enjoy the show!
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  • Joe Pietropaolo (Chuck III/Tom) is a senior B.F.A. acting major from Goshen, New York. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Cam understudy in Plumfield, Iraq. Other credits include Dennis in This is Our Youth, ensemble in The Dirty War Project, Dudard in Rhinoceros, and ensemble in The Yellow Boat and Thoth in Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe with Ithaca College’s No Bucks Theatre. “I’d like to thank my family, the Cave, and Gmas house for their love and support.”
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  • Matt Ryan (Cannapflit/Frank) is a sophomore B.F.A. acting major from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include understudy for Harry/Reverend Todd/Budd in Man From Nebraska. Other credits include The Two Gentleman of Verona with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in The Boston Common, and Cloten in the Apprentice touring production of Cymbeline. I would like to thank Greg as well as the cast and crew for this wonderful experience. MS and JD for putting up with me on a daily basis. And as always I can’t thank my Mother, Stepfather, and little sister Ashley enough for their endless love and support.
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  • Alanna Smith (Alma/Librarian/Doris) is a senior B.F.A. musical theatre major from Montvale, New Jersey. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Whitney/Brooke understudy in Legally Blonde the Musical, and female covers in Measure for Measure and The Light in the Piazza. Other credits include Dainty June in Gypsy at the Hangar Theatre, female vocalist in Celtic Fire at Busch Gardens, and Lilli understudy in Kiss Me Kate at NJPAC. Thank you to my entire support system, especially my rockstar Mom, Dad, sister, brother, and grandparents. All my love!
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  • Emily Viancourt (Priestess/May/Alma, Annie, Amy, Librarian, Dry Cleaner, Young Woman, Homeless Person understudy) is a senior BFA acting major from Cleveland, Ohio. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Thea in Spring Awakening. Other credits include May understudy in Fool for Love and Wendy/Female cover in Women and Wallace, both for Ithaca College’s Senior Directing Projects, Catherine in Proof and Mandy in Time Stands Still, both for Directing II, and Singer/Dancer in Luminosity, Summer Daze, and Rocking the Point at Cedar Point. She studied in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre last fall. “I would like to thank the cast and crew for their admirable work, I am so proud to be a part of this family. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their endless love and support.”
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  • Cam Wenrich (David Attenborough/Male Ensemble) is a freshman B.F.A. acting major from Plano, Texas. This is his Ithaca College main-stage debut. Previous credits include participant at The Jimmy Awards at the Minskoff Theatre in New York, Freder in Metropolis at Level Ground Arts and various commercials in the Dallas area. I could not be more grateful for this opportunity. Special thanks to Greg for the challenge and Savannah for the love. 

Creative Team Biographies

Read about the Creative Team of "Mere Mortals"

Sami Adamson (Scenic Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from Vorhees, New Jersey. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Scenic Artist for The Light in the Piazza, props artisan for The Magic Flute, assistant scenic charge for Legally Blonde the Musical, and props master for Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Other credits include scenic artist for Avenue Q with Mazeppa Productions and props master for the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with The Melodramatics Theatre Company. Congrats to the cast and crew and thank you to all my friends and family for your support!

Greg Bostwick  (Director) is a professor of acting at Ithaca College. He has directed scores of plays at IC (including last season’s Legally Blonde the Musical), ranging from classics and operas to contemporary scripts and musicals. Mr. Bostwick also maintains a very active career as a professional actor. He has performed regionally in over 70 roles at such theaters as the Hangar Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, the Kitchen Theatre, the Firehouse Theatre, Theatre Cornell, Cortland Repertory Theatre, and the Cider Mill Playhouse. He works regularly as a dialect coach and has produced, directed, and acted in several educational and corporate videos. Mr. Bostwick is also an adjunct actor and director with the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble.

Ezra Chamberlain (Sound Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from St. Acton, Massachusetts. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include master electrician for Gianni Schicchi and Sound Engineer for Translations. “Thanks to the cast and crew for this magnificent experience, Rhiannon and Tara for their support, and Jackie for her love.” 

Eliot Cohen (Assistant Director) is a senior B.A. theatre studies major from Mamaroneck, New York. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Edward in Coram Boy. Other credits include Professor Tarrane in Professor Tarrane and Joe in The Shadow Box with Ithaca College’s No Bucks Theatre, Gordo in All Hail Hurricane Gordo and Flynn in Doubt with IC Players, and work with The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Powerhouse Theater, and Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Special thanks to Greg Bostwick, our wonderful cast and crew, and Mom and Dad. ‘Lord, what fools these mortals be.’

Travis Coxson (Stage Manager) is a junior B.A. theatre studies major from Voorhees, New Jersey. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Gianni Schicchi and Translations and Production Assistant for Measure for Measure. Much love and thanks to my family, both real world and departmental.

Alexander Pitt (Technical Director) is a senior theatrical production arts major from New Canaan, Connecticut.  Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include props master for Plumfield, Iraq, master carpenter for The Magic Flute, and technical director for Spring Awakening.  Alexander has previously interned at ShowMotion Inc. in Milford Connecticut, as well as being the technical direction intern at the Hangar Theatre this past summer. I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me over the years, and to all of the professors and staff who have helped create a wonderful production experience for us all.

Rhiannon Randall (Costume Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major with a concentration in costume design from DeWitt, New York. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include props master for Legally Blonde and wardrobe supervisor for Enemy of the People. Other credits include costume designer for Lost in Yonkers at Appleseed Productions, and costume shop and wardrobe intern at the Hangar Theatre. Special thanks to Greg, Travis, the wonderful design team, and the amazing cast and crew for making this production of Mere Mortals all it could be! And thanks to my friends and family everywhere for all of their love and support!

Steve TenEyck (Lighting Designer) Steve teaches the Theatrical Production Arts program here at Ithaca College.  Beyond teaching his design work in theatre, opera, dance and performance has been seen both nationally and internationally.  Companies include: Syracuse Stage, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, TACT-NYC, Big Art Group NYC, Tacoma Opera, Syracuse Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Madison Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Vermont Stage Company, The Kitchen Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, The Merry-go-Round Playhouse, Pacific Performance Project, Santa Barbara Dance Theatre and the Ensemble Theatre.  Beyond his work in theatre, opera, dance and performance, Steve designs live events for The Herson Group Ltd. for such institutions as Northwestern University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Texas A&M, University of Tennessee to name a few.  Steve received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of United Scenic Artistlocal 829.

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