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Conflict and British Humor Mingle in this Play by Writer of “English Patient” Fame

Allentown, PA (October 25, 2005) – The Cedar Crest Stage Company will continue its 2005-2006 season with Anthony Minghella’s “Whale Music,” November 4-6 in the College’s Samuels Theatre.

Set in the present day, “Whale Music” follows the story of Caroline, a college-aged woman, who finds out she is pregnant. Unfortunately, she is not exactly sure who fathered her child. Looking for guidance and comfort, she leaves her life in Leeds, England and returns to the Isle of Wight, where she grew up. Once there she must not only make the final decision about what to do with her unborn child, but also come face to face with some of the demons of her past. As the story unfolds, Caroline interacts, argues and even laughs with a diverse group of women who are each at personal crossroads and are looking for advice to guide their own lives.

The play’s author, Anthony Minghella, a native of the Isle of Wight, is best known as the director and screenplay adaptor of “Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “The English Patient.” He briefly worked as a university professor where he started writing music and plays. He won the London Theater Critics Award in 1984 for Most Promising Playwright and in 1986 for Best Play with “Made In Bangkok.” “Whale Music” was one of his first efforts as a playwright.

Marion McCorry, assistant professor of performing arts and director of the production says that while Caroline’s situation is the catalyst for the action in “Whale Music” each of the other characters have to deal with their own personal crises. “This play is really a slice of life of the women. Each character has her own issues to deal with and her own journey to take,” says McCorry. “But they come through their situations together.”

Though the play is ultimately about Caroline’s struggle with the decisions she has to make concerning her baby, McCorry points out that a distinct note of British humor runs through the dialogue. “These characters have a sense of humor to go along with their strong opinions about what is right and what is wrong,” says McCorry. “They come to resolve that no one can tell you what to do. The responsibility is left to the individual, in this case Caroline.”

The cast of “Whale Music” includes Christa Hagan ‘08 (Bethlehem, NH), Tesha Olivas ‘07 (Boswell, PA), Leslie Krill ‘08 (Northampton, PA), Missy Sturtevant ‘06 (Allentown, PA), Vanessa Johnson ‘07 (Stratford, CT), Diana Donovan (Allentown, PA), Sierra DeMulder ‘08 (Unadilla, NY), Rebecca Marino ‘09 (Philadelphia, PA), and Dawn Schpak ‘09 (Clearfield, PA).

“Whale Music” runs November 3rd, 4th and 5th at 8:00 p.m. and November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Contact the Box Office at 610-606-4608 for more information.


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