Mutilation, malice, despair, and spiritual regeneration are the topics of Harry Kondoleon's play, The Houseguests, to be performed by students of Hobart and William Smith.
March 14, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Are misfortunes merely fate, or opportunities to become better people? Characters in The Houseguests explore this question. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 28 through 30, in Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Admission $5 for the general public; HWS students may attend for free.
The Houseguests is a comedy by Harry Kondoleon that explores mutilation, malice, and despair. He is an experimental gay playwright who boldly mixes wit, cruelty, and spiritual speculations. The cast includes Tristan Tanner, a William Smith senior from Falmouth, Maine; Kelly Burke, a William Smith first-year from Thornton, Colo.; Jeremy Lynch, a Hobart senior from Lisle, N.Y.; and Peter G. Tierney, III, a Hobart junior from Keuka Park, N.Y.
“We are all God's houseguests,” reflects the world-weary Vera, while she and her husband John set out to torment their own houseguests to alleviate their own boredom. Malicious games lead to spouse swapping, and the couples part, agreeing to meet again in six months. When they reunite, they have all suffered horrible misfortunes–broken bones, deafness, mutilation, and blindness. Is this what it means to be God's “houseguests”?
Kondoleon, who died in 1994 of complications from AIDS, is increasingly considered one of the leading and most influential playwrights of his generation. He is known for his comedies, Christmas On Mars and Anteroom, as well as his play about AIDS, titled Zero Positive.