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‘Fires in the Mirror’ Kicks Off Ithaca College Theatre Main-Stage Season

ITHACA, NY–Ithaca College Theatre will open its 2013-2014 season with Anna Deavere Smith’s “Fires in the Mirror.” Performances will run in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center on Oct. 1, 3-5, and 8-12 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 6 and 1 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 12.  There will be a free talk-back presentation immediately following the Oct. 6 matinee.

Ticket prices for “Fires in the Mirror” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at the Dillingham Center box office or by calling (607) 274-3224.

Smith, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee, presents a small Brooklyn neighborhood caught in a storm of ethnic tension. Winner of a Drama Desk Award, “Fires in the Mirror” follows the Orthodox Jew and Afro-Caribbean residents of Crown Heights during the devastating summer riots of 1991.

 “I was raised by a woman who taught me to look at an issue from both sides,” said director Cynthia Henderson. “My biggest challenge with this play has been to not take sides, because all sides need to be given a fair hearing.”

TheFires in the Mirror” production team includes scenic designer Anna Grigo ’15, lighting designer Andrew Hostler ’14, costume designer Elysse Helms ’14 and sound designer Alex Dietz-Kest ’14. Bree Harchuck ’14 is the stage manager and Max Noonan-Pomada ’14 is the technical director. The assistant director is Lucy Walker ’14.

The cast of “Fires in the Mirror” includes Aaron Alcaraz ’16, Kathryn Allison ’14, Jordan Brady ’16, Olivia Donalson ’15, Matt Greenberg ’15, Jasmine Harris ’15, Jessica Hirschhorn ’16, Chiara Hollender ’17, Annie Jefferson ’17, Taylor Misiak ’14, Ashton Muniz ’14, Jelani Pitcher ’16, Xavier Reyes ’14, Julian Rissetto ’16, Rachel Rosen ’14, Jordan Schultz ’14, Carla Tilghman ’17, Hayley Warren ’17 and Edward Yankow ’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.