GENEVA, N.Y.—Benefactors by Michael Frayn, an intriguing play of friendship and betrayal by the author of the Broadway hits Copenhagen and Noises Off, will show at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, in Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The play is directed by Robert Gross, professor of English and theater.
The cast includes students Ingrid Hanson, a William Smith junior from Bronx, N.Y., A. Casey Dilg, a Hobart senior from Charlotte, N.C., Evan Griswold, a Hobart first-year from Ashland, Ohio, and Kristin Schram, a William Smith sophomore from Rochester, N.Y.
Benefactors is a story touched by politics and social indictments of the way people and systems undermine other people's best efforts. The play investigates the various resonances of the term “planned community.”
Frayn is an English dramatist, columnist, reporter, and translator.
Professor Gross holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a masters degree from Ohio State University, and the Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught at Cornell University before coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1987. Gross has written several books including S.N. Behrman: a Research and Production Sourcebook (1992), and numerous articles on the theatre and theatre arts.
Bartlett Theatre is located in Coxe Hall off of Pulteney Street on the HWS campus. General admission is $5.
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