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Lycoming College theatre department is excited to present an American Premiere of a new Spanish play “The Treatment,” a dark comedy about the chaotic world of cinema, which follows a script writer in the middle of a personal crisis. Martin’s life becomes intertwined with several characters longing to write the stories of their past, what they are, and what they would have liked to have been. Written by Pablo Remón, the play was translated by Sandra Kingery, Ph.D., professor and department chair of modern language studies at Lycoming College, and directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of theatre at Lycoming.
While travelling in Madrid, Kingery attended the Spanish play and felt inspired by the story. “I immediately fell in love with it,” said Kingery. “It was funny, smart, tragic, nostalgic, ridiculous, and wonderful all rolled up into one performance. I have rarely seen a Madrid audience laugh as hard or give such a long-standing ovation.” She reached out to playwright Remón that night and was given permission to translate it. Although translating comes with challenges to capture the right tone and words, she felt the play was an inspiring piece. When the translation was complete in 2021, an excerpt was performed on Zoom with the help from the theatre department.
“I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to produce an American Premiere on our campus and that the theatre department is part of this exciting interdisciplinary collaboration that features Sandra Kingery’s new translation and the projection design of Stephen Decky, a visiting assistant professor of film and video arts,” said the director, Stoytcheva-Horissian.
The following eight actors will play more than 20 roles in the play where memory and fiction are intertwined:
- Malik Wertman (Muncy, Pa.) ’22 – psychology major, theatre-performance minor
- Erin Fallon (Hypoluxo, Fla.) ’24 – theatre-acting and religion majors
- Thatcher Gunnells (Lebanon, Pa.) ’24 – creative writing and theatre-acting majors
- Rachel Wright-Miggett (Bay Shore, N.Y.) ’25 – theatre-acting major, criminal justice and criminology minor
- Gabriella Villar (Bronx, N.Y.) ’23 – psychology and theatre-acting majors
- Keigan Mulreaney (Wernersville, Pa.) ’23 – psychology and religion majors
- Douglas Dixey (Bensalem, Pa.) ’25 – musical theatre major, music minor
- Zoe Pew (Mount Wolf, Pa.) ’23 – theatre-acting and psychology majors
The show will run April 20-23 in Lycoming College’s Mary L. Welch Theatre, with a talk back and reception in the lobby following Friday’s performance. Ticket prices for all shows are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased beginning April 6 by calling the box office at 570-321-4048, or at https://www.lycoming.edu/theatre/schedule.aspx. Check the website for show times.
Lycoming’s theatre program is full of opportunity for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found at https://www.lycoming.edu/theatre/.