May 6, 1996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ...
NEW YORK THEATRE SHOWCASE COMES FULL CIRCLE

Eastern Connecticut State University presents CIRCLES '96 as part of the Connecticut State University system Theatre in New York Off-Broadway showcase of student talent at the Theatre Row Theatre on 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues) Wednesday, May 29th through Saturday, June 1st. CIRCLES '96 is a compilation of original play excerpts and monologues written by Jude Davis and John J. Del Monte.

Jude Davis, presently an ECSU student majoring in English, is an accomplished playwright whose works have been presented at ECSU, in New York City and, most recently, in San Francisco, California, Ms. Davis has written monologues for CIRCLES 196 which expose the pain of racial and religious prejudice; the aftermath of wartime experiences; and the spiritual world of "life without beginning or end."

John J. Del Monte, ECSU alumnus (173), was the first president of ECSU's Drama Society. He was multi-talented as actor, director and playwright and went on to a multi-faceted career with the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the Ivoryton Playhouse. His many contributions to the theatre world may have reached an end when he died in 1991 if not for the foresight of his mother, Madeline Bernstein, In addition to donations of his fine music collections, she has allowed parts of his remarkable plays to be premiered in this New York showcase presentation. Original music by Marc Kamhi performed on dual guitars underscores provocative movement and vocal expression as staged by Ellen Faith Brodie, Director of Theatre at ECSU. Accomplished student actors, acting coaches and technical staff unleash "the pain of striving, renewal, suffering" (Del Monte) so that, ultimately, we may be able to embrace "the circle . . . face the winds, and walk the good road to quiet" (Davis).

CIRCLES '96 is being presented each evening along with dramatic works of the other three universities within the CSU system beginning at 8 pm. Tickets for all four events are $12 for the General Public; $6 for CSU Alumni; and free for CSU Students, Faculty and Staff. For reservations, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, For information, please call Ellen Brodie at (860) 465-5122 or the Fine Arts Department at (860) 465-5325.

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