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Theater at PCCC SPRING 2019 

OPENING NIGHT: APRIL 9

The PCCC Theater program presents the Play of Robin and Marion: A Medieval Folk Comedy…With a Modern Twist on April 9 through 12 at the PCCC Wanaque Academic Center (WAC), 500 Union Avenue in Wanaque, New Jersey.
Showtime is 8:00 pm. Admission and onsite parking are free. No reservations are necessary.

Staged in the Wanaque Campus’ blackbox theater, the hilarious 13th century play by Adam del la Halle is presented in a contemporary adaptation with modern language, a minimalist set, and a plot driven by romance, rivalry, and a cast of wacky villagers.

One of the earliest of the Robin Hood and Marion stories, this medieval romp features the gallant Robin, his fair Marion, a challenger for Marion’s affections, and a wandering minstrel. But in the PCCC adaptation, the handsome knight who kidnaps Marion on horseback is replaced by an elderly swordsman who barely has the strength to carry Marion away, so she ends up dragging him to her own kidnapping.

 

Directed by theater professor R.G. Rader – a professional actor, director, and filmmaker -The Play of Robin and Marion is another of Rader’s unconventional choices for his theater program, and the second time he has turned to the 13th century for inspiration.

 

“I like 13th century drama,” says Rader, “and I also like to offer students something different.”
He noted that most of the students who major in theater at PCCC
have already performed in high school or community productions, where musicals are the standard fare.

“I didn’t want them to just have a college repeat of their high school theater experience,” said Rader, who has challenged his students with stagings of Chekhov, Aristophanes, French farce, and others that are rare for college theater.

 

At a recent rehearsal, it was clear that all the student actors were committed to their roles and to the concept of ensemble acting.
“What’s most important to me is that students have fun while learning something about theater,” says Rader.

There was no doubt that the cast was doing both, but even more, the student performers took ownership of their roles, heeding each of Rader’s directions and suggestions, while contributing their own discoveries about both their characters and the action.

 

Christine Fernicola (Marion) feels a kinship to her character. “Marion is a little sarcastic, but also sensitive and naïve in love, like a typical teenager.”

Francisco Martinez (Robin), identifies with the romantic suitor. “He’s confident and sure of himself, and he knows that he can get Marion,” explained Francisco.

Anthony Gonzalez and Lorena Osta both bring a flair for physical comedy to their roles as eccentric villagers. “Playing two characters is a challenge, but I’m really enjoying it,” said Anthony who has the roles of Simon and Harry, friends of Robin. “I do different voices for each one. It’s like a split personality,” said Anthony.

Sporting a mustache, Lorena plays Walter who pals around with Simon and Harry. “I’m enjoying the role. It’s something different for me to be playing a man,” said Lorena.

 

English professor Alan Mitnick strums a mandolin as the minstrel, adding a touch of reality to the surprise finale dance.

 

TO THE ENTIRE CAST AND CREW:
BREAK A LEG!

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For additional information or questions:
Prof. R.G. Rader: rrader@pccc.edu
or call 973-684-6413