PSU Theater Department to present Fuddy Meers

Fuddy Meers, a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, promises to take the audience on a roller coaster ride with one hilarious yet harrowing turn after another: barking dogs, a woman's ring, frying bacon and a foul mouthed puppet are among the many surprises. Described as a poignant comedy that will zigzag its way to your heart leaving you with more questions than answers - or maybe not, the play, directed by Dr. Timothy Palkovic, professor of theatre, takes a look into the daily madcap life of Claire, a girl stricken with amnesia. For Claire, the main character in the play, the coming of each new day brings a blank slate upon which her family imprints the facts of her life. With each line of dialog comes a new discovery and, through a bizarre cast of unpredictable characters, we quickly find that appearances can be deceiving and nothing is as it seems. But the laughs are not the only draw; a special collaboration of efforts also brings original music and costumes into the mix. Dr. Bill Pfaff, assistant professor of music, was invited and quickly agreed to write original incidental music for the play. It became clear to me after reading Fuddy Meers, that the score had to be composed on my laptop, said Pfaff. The music is made up of original compositions interwoven with circus songs and other unique sounds. I have been having a lot of fun creating the music, inserting a surprise here and there, and then listening to it come to life inside the theatre. Next, theatrical costume designer Tyler Nye, a sophomore theatre student from Keene Valley, invited PSU designer E. Marie Barber to help with creating the costumes for the Fuddy Meers cast of characters. Right away I had ideas in my head about what I thought the show would look like, said Nye. I particularly enjoyed creating the sketches for the costumes, which is part of an evolving process between designer, costumer and director. It's not about getting it on the first try. Nye decided to incorporate muted carnival colors to suit the quirky personalities of the characters. Although the play is set in the present day, I wanted to create subtle instances in the costuming where the audience might do a double take and think, That's odd. Its not really meant to all add up. The whole thing is a bit off kilter, Nye said. Nye also explained that set designs, staging and character development are all influential in what is created in the costume shop. Nye said he hopes the costumes will help inform the actors about their characters, just as they have helped me to find ways to incorporate the eccentricities of their characters into the costumes they will be wearing.

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