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Post Theatre Company Presents Debut of the Rifle Range Lab with ‘The Stray Dog Tales: A Laboratory Experiment in One Act’

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Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University
516-299-2793

The Post Theatre Company, the not-for-profit resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at LIU Post, is proud to present the inaugural Rifle Range Lab, a project designed to allow students to produce their own cutting-edge, experimental theatre productions.

The performances, inspired by Alexander Blok's play “The Fairground Booth,” andconceived and directed by Rick DesRochers, an associate professor in the Theatre Department, will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. except a 3 p.m. performance on Dec. 12. The production will be staged in the Rifle Range Theatre, as part of Post Theatre Company’s 2012-13 Season.

In 1905 St. Petersburg a revolution in theatre was in the works, brewing in the minds of playwright Alexander Blok and visionary director Vsevolod Meyerhold.  They conceived a play that would reflect the sights, sounds, and excitement of a fairground.

Professor Rick DesRochers, PTC students Greg Cioffi, Christina Hatsis, and Tracy McClendon, and an ensemble of five additional actors collaborate to reinvent this landmark theatrical extravaganza —an environmental theatre experience as seen through the work of Buster Keaton, Edgar Allen Poe, and Joseph Cornell, for a 21st century sensibility.

Director Rick DesRochers is an associate professor of theater at LIU Post and teaches theater history, dramaturgy and directing. DesRochers has served as director and dramaturge for several theater companies nationally as well as internationally including the New York Music Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has also written several plays including “Vegas Baby!,” “Lady Trane: A Love Supreme,” and “A Point of Departure,” and has translated plays from the French including “Cheech” by François Létourneau and Molière's “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” (The King of Quality).  He has taught in theater departments at prominent universities around the country.

Tickets for performances of “The Stray Dog Tales” are $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors, general admission seating. For more information on the performance, or to purchase tickets, call the Post Theatre Company box office at (516) 299-2356 or email PTC@cwpost.liu.edu.  All ticket revenue goes to a scholarship fund for theatre students at LIU Post. LIU Post is located on Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) between Glen Cove Road and Route 107.  Free parking is available.

Visit PTC online at: www.liu.edu/post/ptc.

Posted 10/19/2012

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