TWELVE OPHELIAS: AN EQUITY SHOWCASE WITH BARUCH STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTORS

A Groundbreaking Collaboration at BPAC
March 30 April 4, 2004

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An innovative collaboration between Baruch College students and theater professionals, Twelve Ophelias , by Caridad Svich, opens at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on Tuesday March 30, 2004.   The play, which is loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet , is an Equity Approved Showcase.   Performances continue through April 4, 2004, Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.   Tickets: $10; $8 with Baruch I.D.

In Ms. Svich's play, Ophelia rises up out of the water dreaming of Pop-Tarts and other sweet things.   The play, which includes broken songs and dance, is performed in a neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting.   In this version of the story, Gertrude runs a brothel and Hamlet is called Rude Boy.   It's a mirrored world of word-scraps and cold sex and nothing is what it seems. The play is directed by Debbie Saivetz.   

Produced by the Baruch College Department of Fine and Performing Arts and presented by the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) this production is a perfectly realized expression of the BPAC mission:   to serve as a place where New York's artists and innovators can try out new ideas and bold experiments in a nurturing incubator environment.   Baruch College, known primarily for its strong business programs, is dedicated to the proposition that the fine and performing arts provide a new and creative dimension to its academic programs and to the lives of its students, whether they plan to concentrate on business, public affairs or the liberal arts.

Twelve Ophelias was developed at the Powerhouse Theater/New York Stage & Film, New Georges and Red Bull Theater.   The cast includes Kristy Casey, Alisa Ford, Michael Gladis, Alfredo Narciso, Alexandra Oliver, Heather Starkel and Chris Wells as well as Baruch students Adenike Huggins, Suneel Narra, Eileen Regan, Lynn Rhee, Melissa Rios and Stephen Saverance.

Director Debbie Saivetz is an assistant professor of theater at Baruch College.   Her directing credits are extensive, including Sarah Ruhl's LATE:   A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Theater), Caridad Savich's Perdita Gracia and Elizabeth Egloff's Phaedra (Powerhouse/New York Stage & Film).   She is the author of An Event in Space: JoAnne Akalaitis in Rehearsal.

Playwright-songwriter-translator and editor Caridad Svich      is the recipient of a 2002-3 Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Bunting fellowship and a TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist Grant. Her published plays include The Archaeology of Dreams , The Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues and Any Place But Here . Her translations are collected in the book Federico Garcia Lorca: Impossible Theatre.

The Baruch College Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25 th Street. Contact the Box Office at 646.312.5973; or e-mail: performingartscenter@baruch.cuny.edu.