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SUNY Plattsburgh theatre department presenting 'Suddenly Last Summer'

PLATTSBURGH - The State University of New York at Plattsburgh Department of Theatre will present a Main Stage production of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer" Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6. Performances will take place in the Hartman Theatre, located in the Myers Fine Arts Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

Kim Hartshorn, associate professor and theatre department chair, will direct the play.

"We haven't produced a classical piece of dramatic American literature in quite some time. I thought this would be fun for the students," Hartshorn said.

For seniors Elizabeth Abair, Andrew Murano, Bailey Power and Andrew Velez, this will be their final Main Stage production. Meanwhile, the production features the work of the newest theatre department faculty member, assistant professor Erika Grayson, who provided the scenic and light design for the show.

American dramatist Williams wrote his gothic psychological study in 1958. The piece is most famous for the filmed version starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.

Set in the Garden District of New Orleans, the play revolves around Violet Venable, a wealthy widow, whose niece, Catherine, totters on the brink of sanity. Catherine's secret involves her cousin, Venable's only son. The plot thickens when a doctor arrives and attempts to learn the truth.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 3 and continue nightly through Saturday, March 5. The March 6 performance will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are available in advance at the front desk of the Angell College Center on Rugar Street. General admission is $10; $8 for seniors, students and SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff; and $2 for SUNY Plattsburgh students.

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