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Plays at Cayuga CC Win Awards, Festival Invitation

DATE: 11-15-2010

Five one-act plays staged at Cayuga Community College have won a total of seven statewide awards, and two of the shows will be performed for a statewide competition.

Two Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards from the Theatre Association of New York State went to Two Women and a Chair, by Michael Olsen. The one-act comedy was staged in early October by the Auburn Players at the college's Bisgrove Theatre. Cayuga graduate Carole Estabrook and freshman Alicia Frame, portraying two actresses awaiting an audition in a room containing only a chair, won an Excellence in Ensemble Acting Award. Director Bob Frame, Cayuga's director of theatre operations, won an Excellence in Direction Award.

An additional five Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards went to three of four one-act plays presented in late October and early November at Cayuga's Black Box Theatre in an evening titled We Got Your One-Acts, Right Here. Cayuga students Rachel Bodner, Lizzy Fennessy and Lauren Maltese won an Excellence in Ensemble Acting Award for The Body Washer, by Rosemary Frisino Toohey. The drama portrays an incident in the Afghanistan war involving an Islamic body washer, a United States National Guard soldier and an American journalist.

Meritorious Achievement in Acting Awards went to Alicia Frame and Courtney Johnston for The Matchmaker's Guide to Controlling the Elements, by John Morogiello. Christmas Tuba Festival, by Deborah Finkelstein, earned a Meritorious Achievement in Acting for Tarin Bonvino. An Excellence in Ensemble Acting Award went to the show's entire cast, including Bodner, Fennessy, Frame, Johnston, Maltese, Kenny Baker, Maria Coleman, Chris Competillo, Lynsie Ferguson and Nancy Hunt.

Two Women and a Chair and The Body Washer have been invited to appear at the TANYS 51st Annual Theatre Festival, a statewide competition to be held November 19–21 in Batavia. The two shows will be among nine chosen from a field of 57 high school, college and community productions. Winners can progress to national and international levels. On Thursday, November 18, at 8:00 p.m., a benefit performance of both plays will be presented in the Bisgrove Theatre. Voluntary donations will be welcomed to defray travel costs to the TANYS festival.

Photo caption: Carole Estabrook (standing) and Alicia Frame in Two Women and a Chair