The “Skin of Our Teeth,” which opened in 1942 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a three-act allegory that recounts the world’s major calamities through the perspective of a family in the fictional town of Excelsior, New Jersey: the Ice Age, the Great Flood and a devastating war.
Beyond the technical production, the virtual play had another connection to Ithaca College: five faculty members, one retired professor, and three alumni volunteered in the cast. They included: Susannah Berryman, associate professor of theatre arts; Cynthia Henderson, professor of theatre arts; Austin Jones, assistant professor of theatre arts; Jennifer Herzog ’00, lecturer of theatre arts; Bob Moss, lecturer of theatre arts; Greg Bostwick, professor emeritus of theatre arts; Chantelle Danielle ’99; Erica Steinhagen ’99; and Joshua Sedelmeyer ’12.
Berryman said she first performed in the play in 1969 when she was a junior in high school and later directed it at IC in the mid-1980s. “It’s wonderful that they chose to do this play because it’s beautifully written and very timely,” said Berryman, who was the Fortune Teller in the Hangar’s production. “Because of the cast size, very few theatres can afford to produce it these days. It really deserves to be seen.”
While the cast wasn’t together on stage, Herzog, said she found the production exciting because she could view the entire play on Zoom. “I didn’t expect to have the same type of adrenaline that you would have during a live performance when you’re walking on stage,” she said. “But it was unusual and a thrill to be able to be watching what the audience was watching in real time and to be sitting in a corner of my house.”