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World Premiere of Auburn Playwright Jason Manning's "Knuckles"

DATE: 03-11-2010

Harlequin Productions of Cayuga Community College is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Auburn playwright Jason Manning's "Knuckles", a biting comedy. Performances of this hilarious look at modern love when surrounded by dysfunctional people, will be March 18-20 and 25-27 in the College's Bisgrove Theatre. All performances will begin at 8PM and admission is the amazingly affordable $5 for general admission and only $1 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Knuckles is Manning's fourth play produced at the College. A CCC student in the 90's, Jason is one of the founders of the sketch comedy troupe; the "Baby Seal Club" and has recently been seen in the Auburn Player's Importance of Being Earnest as well as at the Sterling Renaissance Faire and the Skaneateles Dickens Festival. He submitted the fast-paced Knuckles to Bob Frame, Cayuga's Director of Theatre a couple of years ago but the conditions weren't quite right. Now after numerous re-writes and the gathering of just the right group of student actors and crew; Frame decided to take the plunge.

Knuckles is the life and love story of young Max, a nebbish of stellar qualities. After sharing some of his adventures with cheerleaders and HS jocks (does the word "wedgie" ring any bells?). Max informs his overprotective mother that he needs to move to NYC to follow his dream of becoming an actor. In the city Max meets Maggie, a neurotic young woman with a passion for Hot Chocolate and falls in love. But just like everything else in his life, being in Love, getting married and having a baby is not easy -but it sure is a journey of uproarious proportions! And that's even before we meet Jack and Jill and the troubles with their marriage!

Sophomores Zac Darling and Miranda J. Coll are featured as the inept lovers Max and Maggie. They are ably assisted by the talents of Brien Bianchi, Sarah DelFavero, and Kenny Baker as the crazy family with Alaric Robin and Tarin Bonvino as the broken-crowned pair. Rounding out the cast, are the multi-faceted talents of Christopher Competillo, Briezy A. O'Connell, Brian Henry, Bethany McCormick, Kait Lothridge and Natasha Lathrop. Students Suzanne B. Smith and Caryl Frame serve respectively as Assistant Director and Stage Manager. Rounding out the student tech crew are Alex Johnson, Lance Gaines, Joseph Campanella, Jonathan Bacon and Ben Keeler. Of course these students need guidance and Frame has assembled a solid core of professional Designers and staff. Scenery will be designed by Robert Andrusko, Lighting: Brad McLean, Costumes: Allison Fennessy, Props: Mary Manning and Adam Williams will design the Poster and program graphics.

For further information contact: Bob Frame at 315-255-1743, ext 2340.

Knuckles is Manning's fourth play produced at the College. A CCC student in the 90's, Jason is one of the founders of the sketch comedy troupe; the "Baby Seal Club" and has recently been seen in the Auburn Player's Importance of Being Earnest as well as at the Sterling Renaissance Faire and the Skaneateles Dickens Festival. He submitted the fast-paced Knuckles to Bob Frame, Cayuga's Director of Theatre a couple of years ago but the conditions weren't quite right. Now after numerous re-writes and the gathering of just the right group of student actors and crew; Frame decided to take the plunge.

Knuckles is the life and love story of young Max, a nebbish of stellar qualities. After sharing some of his adventures with cheerleaders and HS jocks (does the word "wedgie" ring any bells?). Max informs his overprotective mother that he needs to move to NYC to follow his dream of becoming an actor. In the city Max meets Maggie, a neurotic young woman with a passion for Hot Chocolate and falls in love. But just like everything else in his life, being in Love, getting married and having a baby is not easy -but it sure is a journey of uproarious proportions! And that's even before we meet Jack and Jill and the troubles with their marriage!

Sophomores Zac Darling and Miranda J. Coll are featured as the inept lovers Max and Maggie. They are ably assisted by the talents of Brien Bianchi, Sarah DelFavero, and Kenny Baker as the crazy family with Alaric Robin and Tarin Bonvino as the broken-crowned pair. Rounding out the cast, are the multi-faceted talents of Christopher Competillo, Briezy A. O'Connell, Brian Henry, Bethany McCormick, Kait Lothridge and Natasha Lathrop. Students Suzanne B. Smith and Caryl Frame serve respectively as Assistant Director and Stage Manager. Rounding out the student tech crew are Alex Johnson, Lance Gaines, Joseph Campanella, Jonathan Bacon and Ben Keeler. Of course these students need guidance and Frame has assembled a solid core of professional Designers and staff. Scenery will be designed by Robert Andrusko, Lighting: Brad McLean, Costumes: Allison Fennessy, Props: Mary Manning and Adam Williams will design the Poster and program graphics.

For further information contact: Bob Frame at 315-255-1743, ext 2340.