‘The Shape of Things’ takes center stage at Fairfield University

Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, with the generous support of the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, presents Neil LaBute’s provocative and challenging play “The Shape of Things.” Performances take place Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the PepsiCo Theatre, located on the Fairfield University campus. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students.

“The Shape of Things” is a cutting edge piece of theatre that challenges our idea of what constitutes art, questions where you draw the line between art and life, and sheds light on moral and sexual issues faced by young people in college and graduate school. The play centers around two characters, Adam, a dedicated and insecure undergrad, and Evelyn, a dangerously passionate artist seeking truth and knowledge whatever the cost. Just how often do we allow ourselves to be shaped and molded by our lovers? Or by our friends, peers, and role models? This play asks these questions and demands an answer.

Theatre Fairfield is Fairfield University’s resident production company. The theatre program at Fairfield offers students a liberal arts education infused with the theoretical and everyday aspects of the theatre profession. Theatre Fairfield produces three or more productions every year and serves as a platform for community engagement as well a positive and professional learning environment. The next production of the season is “Avenue Q” with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and based on the original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

Tickets are $7 for general admission, $6 for senior citizens and University staff and $5 for students. All tickets are sold in the Quick Center Box Office, or you may order by phone at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets may also be purchased online at quickcenter.com.


Alec Bandzes ’15 as Adam and Maggie Greene ’15 as Evelyn.

*This press release was written by Maggie Greene – Public Relations Intern

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The Shape of Things opens in 1 Week!


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Theatre Fairfield presents Director’s Cut - a night of student directed 10 minute plays! We open at the PepsiCo Black Box Theatre in just a few short weeks!

Performances: December 4th & 6th @ 8 PM and December 7th @ 2 PM

Tickets are currently on sale at the Quick Center for the Arts Box Office, located on Fairfield University’s campus. Purchase your tickets in person, online, or over the phone. [Quickcenter.com / (203) 254-4010]

General Admission: $12; Staff/Senior Citizens: $6; Students: $5

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Dancing at Lughnasa Press Release – We open soon!

Media Contacts:
Mike Horyczun,203.254.4000,ext.2647,mhoryczun@fairfield.edu Margaret Greene, margaret.greene@student.fairfield.edu

Theatre Fairfield dances into new performance season with Brian Friel classic Award-winning “Dancing at Lughnasa” takes center stage at Regina A. Quick Center’s Wien Experimental Theatre, October 29 – November 2, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 15, 2014). Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, opens its 2014-2015 season with the award-winning play “Dancing at Lughnasa,” by Irish playwright and author Brian Friel. Performances take place at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts’ Wien Black Box Theatre, at 8 p.m. Wed. through Sat., Oct. 29-Nov. 1; and at 2 p.m. on Sat. and Sun., Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for seniors and university staff, and $5 for students.

Loosely based on Brian Friel’s own life, “Dancing at Lughnasa” is a memory play that takes place in the small Irish village Balleybeg during the summer of 1936. For years, the five Mundy sisters have gone about their mundane lives living from one day to the next. However, with the return of their older brother and the subsequent visit of a handsome face from the past, the sisters’ world begins to crumble around them. Through Irish step dancing and joyful and thrilling music brought by an old-fashioned radio, this play reminds its audiences that the human spirit and passion can endure even the toughest of times. “Dancing at Lughnasa” won London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play in 1991 followed by several Tony Awards when it came to Broadway in 1992. It was made into a film adaptation starring Meryl Streep in 1998. “Theatre Fairfield chose ‘Lughnasa’ as an active collaboration with the Irish Studies Program on campus and the large Gaelic-American population in Fairfield County,” said Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco, Fairfield University Professor of Theatre and Co-Producer and Resident Director, Theatre Fairfield. “It is an especially wonderful choice for performers eager to challenge themselves by playing characters who speak in Irish dialect and also sing and step-dance. The show will be a veritable feast for the eyes and ears.” Bringing this show to life in Fairfield are New York City guest artists Tom Schwans, who is directing, and Jaclyn Meloni, the Scenic Designer. The artistic team is completed with Theatre Fairfield regulars Lynne Chase as Lighting Designer, Julie Leavitt as Costume Designer, Brian Kelly as Sound Designer, and Mary Paul as Technical Director.

The cast includes, Franco Luzzi ’15 (Michael) from New Haven, CT; Aubrey Sierer ’16 (Kate) from Bridgeport, CT; Katie Gillette ’15 (Maggie) from Woodbury, CT; Maggie Greene ’15 (Agnes) from Portland, OR; Jessica Lizotte ’18 (Rose) from Sandwich, MA; Grace Schiller ’17 (Chris) from Holliston, MA,; Alec Bandzes ’15 (Gerry) from Middlefield, CT; and Brendan Freeman ’15 (Jack) from Shrewsbury, MA.

Fairfield University’s theatre program, part of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers students a liberal arts education that marries theory and practice by way of its on-stage theatre laboratory. Theatre Fairfield produces at least four major productions every year and serves as a platform for community engagement as well as a professional learning environment. The next production in the season is “Directors Cut,” an extravaganza of one-act plays directed and designed by advanced theatre students, opening at the PepsiCo Theatre December 4, 2014.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-
free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95.

For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com

Fairfield University offers its students and the regional community a wide array of opportunities to enjoy the arts and enrich their lives through study, performance, appreciation, and thought. The annual Arts & Minds season of events at Fairfield provides an outstanding array of cultural and intellectual events that include the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts season, the popular Open VISIONS Forum lecture series, professional and student performances, art exhibits, special lectures, and a myriad of other lifelong learning opportunities. For further information, visit www.fairfield.edu/arts.

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Dancing at Lughnasa tickets are on sale NOW!

Tickets for our upcoming production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa are on sale NOW at the Quick Center Box Office! Pick them up in-person, online, or over the phone before they sell out!

Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010 | quickcenter.com
General Admission: $12; Senior Citizens and Faculty/Staff: $6; Students: $5


Dancing at Lughnasa opens in the Wien Experimental Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts on October 29th and runs through November 2nd.

Don’t miss out on a beautiful production!

Grace Schiller('17) and Alec Bandzes ('15) as Chris and Gerry in the upcoming production.

Grace Schiller (’17) and Alec Bandzes (’15) as Chris and Gerry in the upcoming production.

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