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




Allentown, PA (March 17, 2008) - Is there still humor in a world swirling with issues like war, recession, and violence?  The Cedar Crest Stage Company believes that, in the more common occurances of everyday life, there is, and will present an outrageous comic take on them in "Finger Foods and Minor Fractures," a fast-moving compilation of scenes, monologues and short stories.  The show opens on April 10, 2008 and runs through April 13, 2008 in the Samuels Theatre at Cedar Crest College.

The production features ten vignettes, the majority of which come from a series by Nina Shengold entitled "Finger Foods."   The other pieces were selected and incorporated by the show's director Marion McCorry and include monologues from "Sez She" by Jane Martin and a piece adapted from a story by Thomas Meehan called "Yma Dream."

"The characters in each selection appear to me as sort of losers in life who get a chance to win," says McCorry, associate professor of performing arts at Cedar Crest.  "But this is not a tragic or overly serious look at the human condition.  Instead it is a comical, and at times far-fetched, illustration of the 'minor fractures' in life - the aspects of our neurotic selves that need help - and those who reach out to help us."

For example, in the sketch "40 to Life" the lead character is, like so many, looking for her one true love and looks back on the mistakes of her past - in the form of a police line-up.  "Emotional Baggage" personifies the usual variety of luggage waiting on the airport carousel to be claimed by their owners. And another sketch depicts the media circus surrounding a group of famous quintuplets from their perspective.

To translate the humor in this assortment of particular situations, McCorry will employ physical comedy, classic theatrical bits and tools, and other stage techniques in a 21st century context, creating what she describes as a " modern urban vaudeville."

"This production promises to be an entertaining escape for the audience, but is still based on situations that everyone can relate to," says McCorry.  "It also gives our student performers the opportunity to flex their acting muscles  by exploring a variety of subjects using distinctive performance techniques."

The cast of "Finger Foods and Minor Fractures" includes Chealsea Anagnoson, Aimee Bender, Jenn Bonetti, Mandy Cloud, Hauna Colista, Brandy Hill, Cathy Mycett, Veronica O'Neil, Victoria Richards, Jess Sanchez, Katherine Stevenson, Beth Statham, Yumiko Sugawara, Ashley Thompson and Katie Walsh.

Finger Foods and Minor Fractures runs April 10, 11 and 12 at 8:00 p.m. and April 13 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.  For more information and tickets please call the Box Office at 610-606-4608 or www.cedarcrest.edu/stage.

Media inquiries please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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