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Ithaca College Theatre Opens New Season with Barbara Lebow's 'Plumfield, Iraq'

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College Theatre will open its new season on Oct. 4 with an 8 p.m. production of ‘Plumfield, Iraq,’ written by award-winning playwright Barbara Lebow and directed by Cynthia Henderson. Performances will continue Oct. 6–8 and 11–15 at 8 p.m. with two 2 p.m. matinee performances Oct. 9 and 15. All performances will take place in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center.

Ticket prices for “Plumfield, Iraq” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons or the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit

Set in the small town of Plumfield, Washington, this drama opens with six high school seniors planning their futures together — eager but ill-equipped to take on the world. Two of the boys decide to follow through with a childhood pact to join the Army as the means of paying for college and a one-way ticket out of Plumfield. The play provides a lens into the mind of a young man struggling to come to terms with the debilitating effects of his military service in Iraq and explores what coping mechanisms mean to a young war veteran and those closest to him. From ‘what if’ scenarios to a barrage of nightmares mixed with memories, Lebow seeks to send her characters down the long road of recovery to find forgiveness for that which cannot be undone.

“Plumfield, Iraq” brings to life what director Henderson calls, “the machine of war and the person caught up in it.” Through the use of multimedia including projections and video, the drama explores an ageless story of war’s trail of guilt and innocence using today’s technological reality. “I want to show how this generation processes information differently than those in previous wars,” said Henderson. “For a soldier today, post-traumatic stress disorder is coming at you from all angles; it’s sensory overload.”

“Plumfield, Iraq” is designed by Ithaca College Theatre Arts faculty members Brian Prather (scenic), Greg Robbins (costumes), Steve TenEyck (lighting) and Don Tindall (sound). The cast includes Will Boyajian ’12, Ned Donovan ’12, Denzel Edmondson ’12, Elizabeth Ellison ’12, John Gardner ’12, Doug Hansen ’12, Kalina Jasper ‘15, Michael Kushner ’13, Maggie Moe ’13, Mallory Newbrough ’12, Katie Peters ’12, Joseph Pietropaolo ’14, Josh Sedelmeyer ’12 and Abdullah Abed.
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A nationally recognized professional theatre training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theatre in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been an active part of the Tompkins County cultural hub as well as the Finger Lakes region for 70 years.