March 22, 2013
Theatre Department Presents Fantasy Adventure(Painesville, Ohio) - The Lake Erie College Theatre Department will present The Machine Stops, a fantasy adventure by Buffalo-area writer Taylor Doherty. Directed by Associate Professor of Theater Dr. Jerry Jaffe, The Machine Stops will be performed April 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.
The Machine Stops is set in a fantasy realm called Narenthia beginning with guards pursuing rebels in a rustic inn. Princess Miranda has joined the rebel forces against her father King Talus, as guards are scouring the town looking for her. Aided by her magic and loyal warriors, Miranda is popular amongst the denizens of the town for representing good. However, early in the play, two mysterious strangers appear in the inn. The world of Narenthia is turned upside down and the townsfolk learn the secret background of Princess Miranda. Love, intrigue, comedy and stage combat all ensue as the play winds towards a shocking ending.
The cast includes seniors Jessica Drake as Kyra, the innocent young apprentice to Miranda, Richard Keay as Doc Pallenberg, who literally holds the fate of Narenthia in his hands, and BFA candidate Hilary Barnett as tavern owner Ma. The Doc's assistant is Dave, played by freshman Connor McCarthy. Miranda's forces include the wily and dangerous Ferret played by freshman Emily Ingle and leader of the rebels and romantic interest Christophe played by LEC professor Matt Theisen, who also has done all of the fight choreography. Princess Miranda is played by area actress Sarah Parker. Guards are played by LEC students Addy Frazer and Gabe Chavis and area actor Gaz.
The sets are designed by Cleveland-based artist Michael Roesch. The costumes are designed by LEC alumna Julie Harter, who is also supervising the painting. The lighting design is by LEC instructor Michael Breeze.
"The Machine Stops" is Drake's twelfth production during her time here at the College. "What I've really enjoyed over the past four years is the diversity of shows."
Taylor Doherty is the artistic director of the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, an award-winning professional company. He also teaches theatre at Hilbert College. Doherty will attend several theatre classes during the day and opening night on April 5. There will be a small reception before the show and a question-and-answer period immediately following.
Tickets are $5 for community residents and free for all Lake Erie College students and staff. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call the Lake Erie College Fine Arts box office at 440-375-7455.