SUNY Orange’s Middletown Campus to present Michael Weller's 'Moonchildren' this month


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  • From left: Jewel Sanchez, Joseph Fox, Autumn Kimble, Ian Miller, Natalie Bronson (Photo provided)




  • From left: George Gallo, Autumn Kimble, Joseph Fox, Christian Williams, Ian Miller (seated on floor), Reinaldo Martinez, Jewel Sanchez, Natalie Bronson (Photo provided)




MIDDLETOWN – The SUNY Orange Apprentice Players will present “Moonchildren” by Michael Weller on stage at the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange during the weekends of Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, according to a press release from the school.

According to a press release, Weller has long had his hand on the pulse of youth culture in America, and is best known to the general public for his screenplay adaptations of “Ragtime” and “Hair,” but made his reputation as a playwright in a trio of plays about the 1960’s (“Moonchildren,” “Loose Ends” and “Fishing”). These plays depict the passionate and sometimes unfocused zeal for life that fuels college students.

“Moonchildren” is a universal story, set in 1965, about eight college students on the verge of graduation who are forced to make life choices they are not well prepared to make, the release said.

The play explores how these students react to the impending transition from the unmoored existence of student life—free love, idealistic protest, romantic illusion, care free poverty and hedonism—to the demands of adulthood; leaving behind self-indulgence for a life of consequence and assessing their prospects in it.

Under the direction of SUNY Orange theatre professor David Cohen, “Moonchildren” will enjoy a six-performance run, according to the release.

Friday and Saturday performances, on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances, Nov. 11 and 18 begin at 3 p.m. There will be a talk-back with the director and cast following each Saturday evening performance, the release said.

According to the release, some content may not be suitable for children, and everyone is required to have a ticket to enter the theatre, regardless of age. Cash, check, or major credit cards are accepted at the box office.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, faculty/staff, and alumni; and $4 for students.

Active duty military are admitted free, and student tickets are available at the box office only.

According to the release, all other tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.sunyorange.edu (click the “EVENTS” tab on the home page and follow the menu to “online ticketing”) for a $2.50 service charge per ticket. For group prices (10 or more) call (845) 341-4790. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Max Schaefer at (845) 341-4790.

For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page. The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall (formerly Orange Hall Theatre) is universally accessible. Parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.



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