Lycoming College theatre alumni to present "Bash: Three Plays"

Lycoming College theatre alumni to present "Bash: Three Plays"

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College Theatre Department will welcome home two alumni guest artists for a production of "Bash: Three Plays" Feb. 8-11 at 8 p.m. in the College's Mary L. Welch Theatre.

Lycoming's production of the play by Neil LaBute is directed by Bridget Leak, a 2005 graduate of the College, and features actors Dustin Crouse, a 2004 graduate, and Dana Leigh Snyder. The production crew is comprised entirely of Lycoming students with set and lighting design by technical director and faculty member Claude Hardy.

"Bash," which opened in New York City this January, is a collection of one-act plays exploring the nature of evil as it invades the everyday lives of seemingly ordinary people. Crimes are committed, but playwright LaBute doesn't condemn or redeem his characters; he leaves the judging to the audience.

Leak earned a bachelor's degree in German and French and minors in theatre and communications. After teaching in France for a year and completing an apprenticeship at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., she earned a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Leak has directed more than 30 productions overseas and in the U.S.

Crouse, a native of Williamsport, earned a bachelor's in art history and marketing, and studied at the Actors Studio in New York City. He completed his training with William H. Macy and David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company. This past summer, Crouse finished production on the independent film "Shades of Yellow" and the Columbia University film "You Can Never Go Home." He worked with Ellen Burstyn and Sam Rockwell on a reading of David Bar Katz's "The Atmosphere of Memory" and is a member of Kevin Spacey's Old Vic New Voices – a select group of promising young theatre professionals.

Snyder is a New York-based actress with a background in dance and experimental theatre. She has performed throughout New York City and California, including Off-Broadway productions of both original and published plays. She lives in New York City and has performed more than 60 roles nationwide.

Tickets for "Bash" can be purchased at the Mary L. Welch Theatre box office, or by calling 570-321-4048. The box office is open weekdays from 1-4 p.m. and beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evenings of the performances. This production contains adult language and situations, and is recommended for mature audiences only.

A talkback with the actors and director will take place immediately following the Feb. 10 and 11 performances, and an alumni reception will be held after the talkback on Feb. 11. The reception is dedicated to the memory of theatre professor Jerry D. Allen, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 17.

A free public discussion, "What's Next?," with the company on creating a professional career in the theatre will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Dragon's Lair Theatre, Academic Center.

"Dinner and a Show" is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $18 per person and must be reserved in advance. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu/theatre.

Read an interview with Crouse and Leak here.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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