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Hilltops
Hartwick College's Student Newspaper

The View From Oyaron Hill

Review of Eurydice

11.17.15


I recently went to see Hartwick’s main-stage play, Eurydice. It is a new telling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus. It was directed by Marc Shaw, associate professor of theatre arts. The show featured Tonie Cross ’18 as the Nasty Interesting Man/ Lord of the Underworld, Jess Fehribach ’19 as the Big Stone, Megan Steely ’16 as Little Stone, Summer Wysocki ’17 as Loud Stone, Marcus Hudson ’18 as Orpheus, Nathan Skethway ’16 as Eurydice’s Father, and Abby Vermeal ’18 as Eurydice.


By Joshua White

Playwright David Hansen Attends Senior Thesis Production I Hate This

11.10.15


Senior Theatre Arts major Brian Cook celebrated the performance of his senior thesis production, I Hate This: A Play Without the Baby, this past weekend, with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday night’s sold-out show held a particularly special surprise: it was attended by the play’s author, David Hansen. Cook’s working relationship with Hansen began last year, while Cook was on the hunt for a one-man show to mount for his thesis project. He stumbled upon I Hate This, became interested, and soon established contact with the playwright himself.


By Nathan Skethway

“One Mustn't Eat a Muffin in Aggravation”

09.29.15


On Sunday September 27, The American Shakespeare Center regaled Slade Theatre with the comedy production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. While it might seem out of the ordinary for a non-Shakespearean play to be performed by the troupe, it is quite common for those in the study of Shakespeare to seek out the work of his contemporaries. The reason for this becomes apparent in the most popular slogan of the company, “We do It With the Lights On,” meaning they perform under similar conditions as Shakespeare’s plays were performed. 


By Joanne Georges  

An Insider’s Look at 24

09.22.15


This past weekend, September 18 and 19, the Cardboard Alley Players (CAP), Hartwick’s theater club, hosted the eighth season of the “24 Hour Play Festival” in the Lab Theatre of Bresee Hall, with the assistance of theatre professor Marc Shaw. If you are not familiar with 24, it is what the name suggests: an entire festival of four short 10-minute plays, put on in 24 hours. From tech, costuming and props, to scripts, directing and line memorization, every task needed to put on a show must be done within the time constraints. 


By Abbey Vermeal

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Review

05.12.15


Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a wonderful, humorous, and heart wrenching play directed by Nathan Skethway. This story is based upon the lives of The Peanuts, which we all know and love. There was an absolutely phenomenal cast which included Evan Flynn playing CB (Charlie Brown), Tonie Cross playing CB’s Sister (Sally), Brandan Fielding playing Van (Linus), Marcus Hudson playing Matt (Pig-Pen), James Canal playing Beethoven (Schroder), Danielle Weaver playing Tricia (Peppermint Patty), Alyssa Fox playing Marcy (Marcie), and Chelsea Jacobsen playing Van’s Sister (Lucy).


By Josh White

They Do It With the Lights On

09.30.14


On Sunday September 28, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) returned to Hartwick College on their Method in Madness tour. After last’s years Othello, Slade Theater was once again full of patrons of the arts, community members, and students enjoying Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. The American Shakespeare Center is renowned for keeping much of Shakespeare’s original text and performance elements intact in modern theatre. Like the famous Globe Theater, Hartwick’s home stage was thus transformed into a thrust stage, which incorporates seated audience members on three sides of the stage.


By Joanne Georges

Carrie The Musical Review 

04.22.14


If you haven’t seen the movies from the 1970s and 2013 or read the book, “Carrie” is the story of a high school senior who has been bullied by her classmates and suffers at the hands of her unstable and devoutly religious mother. However, when her first period sets off her hidden telekinetic abilities, Carrie begins to come into her own. But a cruel plot by her merciless classmates will transform her prom night into a nightmare and push her to the breaking point. This all seems like a lot to take in. The plot has a lot of different aspects that all add to the final product. Put together properly, this musical has the potential to be an amazing performance here at Hartwick. 


By Alexandra Tassoni

Sexual Perversity in Chicago Review

04.15.12


Against the back drop of Chicago’s cityscape, the characters of Sexual Perversity in Chicago traverse through the dating and working world of the 70s. Between bad relationships, influential friends, and new ideas on sexuality, it becomes difficult to express genuine emotion and real connection with one another. The play, though addressing serious topics of life, holds immense comedy and relatable characters. Written by David Mamet, the play comes to life by the hands of an all student cast, the support and sponsorship of Hartwick College’s theater special interest group Cardboard Alley Players (C.A.P.),and the English and Theatre Arts Department.


By Joanne Georges