Award winning local actors and playwrights are in rehearsal for the Geneva Theatre Guild’s Two Faces of Drama. The production, to be presented Sept. 3 and 4 at Anthony Road Winery, Penn Yan, features two original one act plays by Geneva writers Jay Hanagan and Charles King.
Appearing in Foibles, by Hanagan, is Eleanor Stearns, a Theatre Association of New York State award winner for her work as Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers. Stearns, of Geneva, is well known for her work with the Guild and performances in the area as Emily Dickinson, Clara Barton and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Tim Whitwood, Geneva, who appeared as The Duke and Dr. Carrasco in this summer’s award winning musical, Man of La Mancha, plays Crenshaw. Whitwood’s performance credits include West Side Story, 110 in the Shade, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific and Oliver.
Making her acting debut with the Guild is Geneva resident Christina Nardozzi. She was honored, along with her colleagues, for her work as the stage manager Man of La Mancha and has appeared in Cinderella, Pajama Game and Grease.
Foibles is directed by Lyons Resident Larry Ann Evans, president of the Guild. Evans, host of Street Talk on WACK Radio, Newark, is an award winning actress for the role of Copper Queen in The Ex-Miss Copper Queen on a Set of Pills.
Playwright Hanagan’s plays have been presented at numerous original play competitions across the country. Foibles was performed at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Play Festival in New York City on June 9. Hanagan is an award winning actor for his work in The Fantasticks.
Appearing as Iris in Charles King’s The Iris Principle, is Richeen Smith of Canandaigua. Smith has appeared in numerous musicals including Sound of Music, Oklahoma, and Fiddler on the Roof. She received an acting award for the role of Aida in the Guild’s Over the River and Through the Woods.
Pat Fegley, Seneca Falls, an award winner for his work in All My Sons, plays Stephen. Fegley has extensive acting experience with the Seneca Community Players and played Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha.
Stephen Brown, Waterloo, makes his first appearance with the Guild as Everett. His stage appearances include roles in All My Sons and Merry Christmas George Bailey with the Seneca Community Players.
Completing the cast of Iris is Tammy LeClair, Waterloo, in the role of the newscaster. LeClair appeared in Mame and the chorus of Chicago at Colgate University. Her debut with the Guild was as the mute in The Fantasticks.
King, a Renaissance man, writes, directs, sings, acts and in the spring will conduct Haydn’s Seven Last Words. He has received TANYS honors for his performances in The Fantasticks, Lost in Yonkers and Man of La Mancha. The Iris Principle marks his directing debut with the Guild.
The Guild is presenting Two Faces at Drama at Anthony Road Winery, to give tourists the opportunity to experience the cultural advantages of the Finger Lakes area. The winery is located 10 miles south of Geneva, just off Route 14, at 1029 Anthony Road, Penn Yan. Wine and cheese tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 dollars and available at Area Records, 74 Seneca St., Geneva; Long’s Cards & Books, 115 Main St., Penn Yan and at the Winery. For more information call Larry Ann Evans at (315) 946-6686.