Laughter is already ringing off the walls of Gates Hall during rehearsals of the new play, “Keeping Faith”. The play is a very physical comedy farce of the sexes, where in it we have Faith, played with a mix of brusque defensiveness and comedic vulnerability by Karen Karnisky, finds herself waking up alongside her brother-in-law, the hapless Matt, played with comical dexterity by John Erwin. The couple, after vowing never to let it happen again (twice was enough!), almost gets caught-in-the-act as Faith’s sister, the prim and proper domestic goddess April, played with just the right hint of devilishness by Michelle Weston and her mother, the down-to-earth Wiccan priestess and herbal supply entrepreneur Diana, walk in on them just as things were heating up! The role of Diana, supplying us with all the humorous mother-daughter tension we can handle, is played by Kathleen L. Doremus. Rounding out the cast is Diana’s brother and Faith’s uncle, the Reverend Clarence. Clarence is divorced because he’s very popular with the ladies. Very popular! This witty charmer is played to great effect by the smooth delivery of Wyatt Doremus. The rest of the play shows in grand detail the efforts Faith and Matt take to hide their sins, while denying how they really feel for one other. Add to this soup, boiling over in the tiny caldron that is Faith’s New York City apartment, a birthday party for Uncle Clarence where all five of our familial inhabitants dodge and parry and parry and thrust their way to concealing all their secrets while denying all their truths! Passions are dodged and spells are cast as they make their way to their thunderous climax!
“Keeping Faith”, written and directed by Jay D Hanagan, will be presented at Gates Hall, Friday and Saturday, April 9th and 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday April 11th at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 adults, $8 Students/Seniors and reservations may be made by calling the box office at 315-589-3326
ay D. Hanagan
Playwright ~ Gatesinger Member
Jay D. Hanagan is an award-winning playwright, whose works have been
produced in New York City and across the US and Canada, as well as
overseas in London (England), Hong Kong and most recently in Estonia.
His play “Just Like Sisters” is scheduled for a developmental reading
at n.u.f.a.n. in Chicago, IL and his play “Philophobia!” (also
produced by Gatesingers) is being presented at the Saltburn Theatre
Festival in England, both in the spring of 2010.