For Immediate Release
Contact: Contact: Erin Cassano, program coordinator, 610-606-4666 ext. 3666

Cedar Crest College Performing Arts Presents Uncommon Women and Others: 9/29 to 10/2

Allentown, Pa. (September 9, 2011)—Cedar Crest College Performing Arts kicks off its 2011-12 season with Uncommon Women and Others, a play that takes both a serious and humorous look at the lives of five young women and college classmates during the turbulence of the 1970s. The play will be performed in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Written by Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Marion McCorry, associate professor of theatre at Cedar Crest, Uncommon Women and Others begins at a reunion, six years after graduation, with five close friends and classmates from Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the events that helped to shape them.

“When Wendy Wasserstein wrote this play and when it was performed in the 70s, there were very few plays that focused on how the changes in the world were affecting women,” said McCorry. “This was a time in history when choices, direction and roles for women were really changing, when “Gracious living” (a college ritual) high tea and sherry meet Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Germaine Greer. This performance features smart women trying to discover and carve out an identity and a future in a vastly changing world.”

Cedar Crest College students and alumnae who are part of the cast include: Amber Getz, Sarah Pilkington, Jessica Gilman, Rebecca Pandone, Jennifer Schwab, Colleen Aquino, Kenia Valdez, Antionette Byers-Paredes, Rachel Morgandale and Carrie Moore. Keith Moser rounds out the cast. Stage manager is Colleen Shea.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $18 for adults; $13 for senior citizens; and $7 for students with I.D. and children. Tickets at the door are $22 for adults; $18 for senior citizens; and $10 for students with I.D. and children. For information or to purchase tickets call (610) 606-4608 or go to www.cedarcrest.edu.

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