Cayuga Community College’s Theater Company Receives Five Awards from the Theater Association of New York State

Cayuga Community College is pleased to announce that its theater company, Harlequin Productions, has earned five awards from the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) for the March production of The Draper’s Eye. These awards, which bring the TANYS total to more than 90 since the company’s founding, reflect Harlequin’s sustained commitment to excellence in performance arts.

The TANYS awards for The Draper’s Eye include:

  • Excellence in Production Concept and Direction to Robert Frame
  • Excellence in Scenic Design to Robert John Andrusko
  • Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design to Brad McLean
  • Meritorious Achievement in Sound Design to Stephen D.M. Hodge
  • Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Performance to the Cast

The performance was critiqued by noted adjudicator, Neilson Jones, founder of the Confetti Stage in Albany, N.Y., and TANYS president-elect. According to Jones, Harlequin Productions “produced another success with the world premiere of Fengar Gael’s The Draper’s Eye. The cast, crew and production team brought this romantic mystery to life with aplomb.”

Harlequin Productions is a multi-award winning performance group that produces live theatre on the Cayuga campus. The cast is comprised of student actors, with tech staff and professional designers and directors brought in to guide them. The company, which is open to all students with or without experience, specializes in new works, providing students the opportunity to create pieces of theatre that have yet to be seen. Many playwrights travel to campus to see their plays performed. Typically, Harlequin puts on one play per semester.

“It has been my pleasure to be involved with Harlequin Productions for over 30 years,” says Bob Frame, producer of Harlequin Productions. “When I first read The Draper’s Eye, I knew it was a script we could successfully mount. It had a great storyline and strong characters to which my young actors could relate. The script also presented challenges that I was certain our design team would embrace to create an environment in which students could learn and grow.”

The Draper’s Eye is set in the Garment District of New York City in Spindle’s Fabric Shop, where dying women seem to be vanishing into fabric folds. A violinist and a former physics prodigy fall in love as they try to solve the mystery. The play examines the metaphysical implications of quantum physic theories and the impact of globalization on the garment industry.

The awards for Harlequin’s production of The Draper’s Eye will be presented at the TANYS festival banquet in Auburn, N.Y., in November. The event will honor all award recipients from across the state of New York.