SUNY Ulster Theater Department will present the classic drama “Our Town,” with eight live performances this fall and a mix of students, faculty, alumni and community members performing in the 1930s play written by Thorton Wilder.
The play will be presented at the college’s Quimby Theater on Nov. 8-10, and 15-17, at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 11 and 18, at 3 p.m.
“We are excited to bring Our Town to our town,” says director Stephen Balantzian, coordinator of SUNY Ulster’s theater program. “Our Town is your town, a story of our daily life that is too often taken for granted.”  
This timeless drama explores the relationship between two young neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. It first appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize.
“This play reveals a timeless story about the meaning and beauty of ordinary life, with brilliantly written words taking center stage through the absence of elaborate props and a set,” he says.
Cast members include the following theater majors: In the role of stage manager, Tim Bruck, Accord; Constable Warren played by Andrew Woltman, Kingston; Howie Newsome, Sean Olsen, Saugerties; Mrs. Gibbs, Virginia Ferri, High Falls; Rebecca Gibbs/ Choir Member, Noelle Crocco, Pine Bush; Wally Webb /Choir Member, Rian Worden,   Kerhonkson; Emily Webb,  Geneva Turner, Lake  Hill; Professor Willard, Jeremy McLaughlin, Woodstock; Simon Stimson, David Inge, Hurley; and Mrs. Soames, Jillian Kahn, Bearsville.
Other students performing are: In the roles of  Sam Craig/Choir Member / Baseball Player 1,  Matt Wilhelm, Kerhonkson; 1st Dead Woman / Choir Member / Lady in Box,  Victoria Soechting, Kingston; 2nd Dead Woman / Choir Member, Quayeshawna Smith, Highland; 1st Dead Man / Choir Member / Baseball Player 2, Pavel Shatov, Kingston; and Woman In Balcony/Choir Member, Charlotte Knapp of  Kerhonkson.
Also performing in the play is SUNY Ulster alumnus Neal Knapp of Kerhonkson playing Dr. Gibbs and Courtney Constantino of Bloomington as Mrs. Webb; employee Bill Russell of West Hurley as Mr. Webb; and faculty member Richard Cattabiani of Hurley as Joe Stoddard.  Community members Virginia Ferri and Robert Melikan also are on the cast.                                                              
            Ulster County Community College is located at 491 Cottekill Road. Open to the public, the event is free for SUNY Ulster students, faculty and staff. Suggested donation is $10 All tickets available at the door. For box office information, call (845) 688-1959.