>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

CEDAR CREST STAGE COMPANY USES COMEDY TO EXPLORE DARK SIDE OF WINNING THE LOTTERY  IN LES BELLES SOEURS

Allentown, PA (August 30, 2006) – It is the dream of just about every working-class human being.  For some it is an obsession – a daily gamble of a few dollars spent with fervent hope that today could be the day that changes their life.  For others it's a daydream, as they imagine what they would do if they won.  But what would you do if someone close to you won the lottery?  In its season-opening production of Les Belles Soeurs, the Cedar Crest Stage Company brings to life the dark, often devious, but utterly hysterical world of a group of women who find themselves in just that situation.

Set in the 1970's, Les Belles Soeurs is a dark farce by Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay.  It follows the story of Madame Germaine Lauzon, a working-class woman who wins a lottery of stamps that can be redeemed for fantastic prizes.  For Madame Lauzon, the stamps are her ticket to a new life, but first she must paste them all into books – a task that will require the help of her five sisters and six neighbors.  What ensues is a mad comedy of deception, cheating, vulnerability and honesty as the women examine their luck, their longings and their lives.

"At the heart of the play is the idea of winning – the longing for it and what it means to a person when they can say, 'I'm a winner,'" says Marion McCorry, director of the production.  "The characters go to great and humorous lengths to seize that feeling."

McCorry says that the Cedar Crest production will incorporate elements of vaudeville, theatre of the absurd and physical comedy into the staging and costumes to highlight the deceptive plots that the women devise.  "It will be a new genre for the student actors to explore and a great laugh for the audience."

The cast of Les Belles Soeurs includes: Imani Bowers '08 (Monmouth Junction, NJ), Kari Cave '08 (Bechtelsville, PA), Amanda Cloud '09 (Levittown, PA), Katherine Mullen '09 (Allentown, PA), Rachel Diffenderfer '09 (McAlisterville, PA), Mariann Gentile '09 (Philadelphia, PA), Christa Hagen '08 (Bethlehem, NH), Vanessa Johnson '07 (Stratford, CT), Mary Jo Moninghoff '07 (Oxford, NJ), Tesha Olivas '07 (Allentown, PA), Dawn Schpak '09 (Clearfield, PA), Megan Schroeder '07 (Wescosville, PA), Michelle Shortell '09 (Easton, PA), Melissa Thomas '09 (Pottstown, PA), and Erica Ventura '08 (Newark, NJ).

The show runs September 28, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m., and October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center.  Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.  For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.

####


Return to Press Release archive