May 18, 1998
Hobart and William Smith Colleges will present a children's play, “The Poet and the Rent,” at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23, in the Bartlett Theater in Coxe Hall on the HWS campus.
“The Poet and the Rent,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, is actually a play within a play in which a “wacky” group of actors, played by HWS students, re-enacts the adventures of a young poet, who can hardly put one word in front of another, in search of $60 to pay his rent. In his search for money, the poet falls in love, takes a job as a night watchman, befriends two thieves trying to rob the factory where he works, and ends up in jail. The play is narrated by Sergeant Albert Pressman of the Yukon, with assistance from his Wonder-dog Kodiak Prince, and unsolicited aid from Aunt Georgie, who ends up with more than one pie in her face. Throughout his ordeal, the young poet is hounded by an Irish-American police officer known as Spuds O'Malley, who has a liking for potatoes, any kind of potatoes.
The play is produced as part of the course “Theatre and Child,” taught by Pat Collins, associate professor of education. In addition to the public performances, the class will do a number of school-time performances for fourth through sixth graders in Geneva schools. The play, which is full of hilarious physical comedy, is recommended for children between 6 and 96.
Directed by Collins, with set and lighting design by Ralph Dressler and costumes by Ginny Thompson, “The Poet and the Rent” is made possible, in part, with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralized Program administered by the Geneva Historical Society.
Tickets for “The Poet and the Rent” are $3 for adults and children, and are available at the door, at Martin Music in Geneva, or by calling 781-3637.
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