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Liverpool comes alive in Studio Theater production of Dead Heavy Fantastic

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Stevie (JoojHo Oh) and Frank (Adam Schneemann) in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Studio Works Production of DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC playing Oct. 24 – Nov. 3. For tickets and information call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu  Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Stevie (JoojHo Oh) and Frank (Adam Schneemann) in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Studio Works Production of DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC playing Oct. 24 – Nov. 3. For tickets and information call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu Original photo by Gerry Goodstein, effects added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan.

Press Release

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), located on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus, presents Dead Heavy Fantastic by Robert Farquhar as part of its Studio Works Series, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 3 in the Studio Theater.

For tickets and more information, call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu

Please note that this production contains mature content.

It’s always been a wild ride in Liverpool, England on a Friday night – you leave the house feeling like a million dollars and return your own poor relation. And that’s how it is for the motley crew in Robert Farquhar’s contemporary comedy Dead Heavy Fantastic as they lurch their way from tentative first drinks to an apocalyptic sunrise, sure in the knowledge that they’re pretty likely to do it all again next week.

Director Scott Ripley says of this story, “Dead Heavy Fantastic melds an incredible night out with the struggle to find your place in the world and the sting of reality. Over one wild ride of an evening, our characters find themselves through bad decisions, self reflection, and the inevitable need to face the consequences of their actions.”

Ripley currently teaches acting in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at UConn. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in English at the U.S. Naval Academy and served for six years as an A-6 bombardier/navigator on board USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt – before resigning his commission to enter the Professional Actor Training Program (MFA, Acting) at UC San Diego.

He has worked on stages across the U.S. and abroad, including La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., Moscow Art Theater, Taiwan National Theater, three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre, and four seasons at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Scott has taught acting at Arizona State, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the cast

The cast includes undergraduate actors Juliana Bearse, Madison Coppola, Kaitlyn Gorman, Kevin Hilversum, Colleen Labella, Chester Martin, JoonHo Oh, Andrianna Prast, and Adam Schneemann.

Stevie (JoojHo Oh) and Frank (Adam Schneemann) in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Studio Works Production of DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC playing Oct. 24 – Nov. 3. For tickets and information call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu  Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Cindy (Madison Coppola) and Vince (Chester Martin) in a scene from Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Studio Works Production of DEAD HEAVY FANTASTIC playing Oct. 24 – Nov. 3. For tickets and information call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Adam Schneemann (Frank) is a Junior BFA Actor. He was previously seen in CRT’s Hairspray (Sketch/Den. of Baltimore), His Girl Friday (Mike Endicott), Romeo & Juliet (Montague). Past credits include: The Winter’s Tale (Cleomenes), I’m Connecticut (Vermont), and Our Town (Howie Newsome) at CRT; Romeo & Juliet (Ensemble) at Connecticut Free Shakespeare.

Chester Martin (Vince) is a Sophomore BFA Actor. His credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Protean 3), History Boys (Stuart Dakin), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad),Oliver! (Mr. Sowerberry), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Oberon), Twelfth Night (Andrew Aguecheek), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Chester), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Counting To Three (John), The Love of Three Oranges (Truffaldino), My Favorite Year (Alan Swann), Animal Farm  (Boxer), Alice in Wonderland (King of Hearts), Return to the Forbidden Planet (backup vocalist/dancer), and The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (Roger).

Colleen Labella (Maureen) is a Senior BFA Actor. Most recently, Colleen was seen on the CRT stage as Doctor Casey in Punk Rock, Brenda in O Beautiful and the Adult Woman in Spring Awakening. Other credits include: The Crucible (Abigail Williams), Doubt (Sister James) and Little Women(Meg March).

Ticket information

Please call or visit the box office for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.  Tickets are available online at www.crt.uconn.edu Ticket prices range from $7 to $37.

New Box Office location

Please note the CRT box office is now housed in the Nafe Katter Theatre located at 820 Bolton Road. There is short term parking on Bolton Road,in the loading zone directly in front of the theatre. CRT tickets can no longer be purchased at the Jorgensen box office. CRT’s box office is open Monday-Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and will also be open one hour prior to show time at the theatre where the performance is taking place.

Weeknight performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; weekend evenings at 8 p.m.; matinee performances at 2 p.m.

About the Connecticut Repertory Theatre

CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut on the Storrs-Mansfield campus. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists.  The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.

Posted October 23, 2013

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