Mrs. Farnsworth' comes to town Thursday

PLATTSBURGH - The State University of New York at Plattsburgh Department of Theatre will present "Mrs. Farnsworth," a production by the Book & Blanket Players, in association with The Adirondack Democracy, Thursday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 17.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Hawkins Hall's Krinovitz Recital Hall on Beekman Street. A panel discussion will follow the Sept. 16 show.

Mrs. Farnsworth - co-directed by SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre alumnus Tyler Nye and Karen Lewis of Saranac Lake - is a comedy written by A.R. Gurney that premiered in 2004. The roles of Margery and Forrest Farnsworth were originally performed by Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow at the Flea Theatre in New York City.

Set in a creative-writing class in Manhattan 2004, the play centers on three main characters: a sardonic, harried teacher named Gordon Bell and the Farnsworths, two members of the upper crust from New Canaan, Conn. The three collide in a witty battle of ideals punctuated with questions from the students.

Kathleen Recchia of Jay plays Mrs. Farnsworth, who wants to learn writing because she has a story that urgently needs to be told. Her narrative, the tale of a Vassar College girl who becomes pregnant by a hard-partying boy from Yale, starts to sound like a memoir in which only the names have been changed.

The role of Mr. Farnsworth is played by Kevin Cooper of Westport and Bell is played by George G. Davis Jr. of Essex.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $5 for the public and free for SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, staff and students.

Proceeds from the company's run of six performances in northern New York will be donated to Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute, to help support the building of schools in Afghanistan.

For more information, call 946-8323.

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