Sea View unit hopes to smooth museum fans’ appetites with ‘Picnic’ on Staten … – Staten Island Advance
September 18, 2014 - Picnic Time
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hungry for a erotic night in a theater? Here’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning recipe from “Picnic,” playwright William Inge’s strike 1951 drama:
Take one attractive immature man (shirtless).
Add dual or 3 meddlesome women and toss well.
Stand behind and offer hot.
If a plate sounds familiar, that’s given “Picnic” is long-lived American entertainment fare. It’s a internal favorite, regenerated regularly during Sea View Playwright’s Theatre over a past 4 decades, and behind again after this month.
The expel includes Nikki Lauren as Flo, Craig Kwasnicki as Hal, Sheena Rodriguez as Madge and Marissa Terzino as Millie.
Director and association unchanging Tina Barone knows a domain well. She starred in a Playwright’s prior “Picnic” reconstruction in 2003, and she’s been looking brazen to directing it ever since.
Q: The pretension is ironic, no? This play’s no celebration on a grass.
A: we wouldn’t indispensably call a play ironic. Sure, it has has heavier themes than it’s pretension would indicate yet to quote a impression of Mrs. Potts, “I consider we go on picnics for a possibility of something stirring and sparkling to occur to us.”
The cruise itself is a matter for change. Some characters lives change for a better, some are left with uncertainty, and some sojourn a same.
Q: You like a play, I’m presuming. Why?
A: we adore a play.
It has smashing roles for woman, it has characters that are relatable, and it’s themes pronounce to me. Even yet it’s set in a ’50s we feel it’s timeless.
I also have a nauseating connection to it. It’s a initial play we ever saw during Wagner College, that done me wish to pursue a entertainment preparation and it was one of a initial plays we was ever in during SVPT.
Q: It gets regenerated and regenerated and revived. How come? It’s not so loyal of other William Inge plays, is it?
A: we trust that it stands a exam of time. It proves that unequivocally aged adage, “never decider a book by a cover.” People always have dual sides to them, what they let a universe see and what they hide. This play embodies this.
The categorical characters onslaught to see where they fit in a universe and by that onslaught they find any other.
It’s unequivocally beautiful, a relations between a characters are unequivocally informed and we consider that’s because it’s always revived. we don’t know any other Inge play that is like that.
Q: Perhaps we have some ideas about it that run opposite to a common interpretation?
A: As distant as my interpretation of a piece, we wanted to stay loyal to a script, in terms of a story. we didn’t consider it required for us to have an overly elaborate set.
My prolongation designer, Pete Ascolese, and we came adult with a set judgment that represents frail state of a characters. Pete’s pattern of a houses being merely frames with stretched perfect fabric behind a beams is a curtsy to saying what’s underneath a surface. For me it’s about a text. we unequivocally wanted a difference to shine.
Q: Inge severely dignified Tennessee Williams, yet “Picnic” isn’t so dim as some of Williams. Or is it?
A: I don’t see it as being as dim as some of Williams’ work. But some of a characters are severely influenced by dim moments in their past. Their past practice establish their function and have made their benefaction state.
— “Picnic” will go up Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 during 8 p.m., and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 during 3 p.m. in a Chapel Theater on a drift of Sea View Rehab Center Home, 460 Brielle Ave. Tickets are $20 and $18 (students and seniors) during a doorway (cash only; no reservations) 30 mins before curtain. More info: Email email@example.com. Follow SVPT on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/seaviewtheatre.