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CCRI Players present ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

April 23, 2012

insert your alt text here Kerry Schiff (left) and Erin Archer will direct the Players’ performance of "The Seven Deadly Sins."

The Community College Players will present “The Seven Deadly Sins,” a one-act play cycle by Thornton Wilder, from April 26 to 29 at the Liston Campus, 1 Hilton St., Providence.

Wilder, one of the most distinguished and versatile American writers of the 20th century, attempted in the late 1950s and early 1960s to write seven one-act plays depicting the seven deadly sins. During his lifetime, only four were completed to his initial satisfaction, and he withdrew two of these from circulation.

Since 1997, the centenary of Wilder’s birth, thanks to the rich materials in his archives, actors and readers have been able to perform and study all seven of Wilder’s Sins: “The Drunken Sisters (Gluttony),” “Bernice (Pride),” “The Wreck on the 5:25 (Sloth),” “A Ringing of Doorbells (Envy),” “In Shakespeare and the Bible (Wrath),” “Someone From Assisi (Lust)” and “Cement Hands (Avarice).”

CCRI Theatre students Erin Archer and Kerry Schiff will direct the Players’ performance of “The Seven Deadly Sins” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 26 to 28, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.

The CCRI Players have included a student-directed production on their main stage schedule each season since 2004-05. Mentored by Assistant Professor Theodore Clement, Archer, of Providence, and Shiff, of Barrington, previously have worked on numerous productions at CCRI and elsewhere, both onstage and off.

In January 2011, Archer became the first CCRI student to win the American College Theatre Festival Region 1 Irene Ryan Acting Audition Scholarship and competed in the national Irene Ryan finals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She received a second Ryan nomination for her performance as Evelyn in “Cephalopod,” and most recently was seen as Brunhilde and Ellen in the Players’ “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959.”

A 2008 graduate of the Met School, Schiff served as stage manager earlier this season for “tick, tick ... BOOM!” She appeared in last season’s student-directed production as Mom in “Wasp,” and has been a teaching artist at Vartan Gregorian School and All Children’s Theatre.

Set design is by Assistant Professor Luke Sutherland. Student designers for the production are Yanna McGillicutty of Providence (lighting and sound) and Rachael Robson of North Smithfield (costumes). Branigan Duguay of East Greenwich is the student technical director. Stage managers are Jacob Crosslin of East Providence and Lauren Zabbo of Warwick.

Cast members in Wilder’s seven plays, several of whom are performing in their first CCRI production, are: James Gracik, Anika Johnson, Emily Mabrouk and Ryan Mundy of Providence; Kelly Doran and Aisha Stewart of Pawtucket; Jac Patalano and Nicholas Viau of Cranston; Megan Cook of Warwick; Brittany Boudreau of Woonsocket; Anthony Caraman of North Providence; David Valentin of Smithfield; Andrea Orchard of Portsmouth; Lawrence O’Leary of North Smithfield; Russ Herman of Coventry; Hannah Coleman of Lincoln; and Caitlin Ordway of Alton.

Reserved-seat tickets cost $9 for the general public and $7 for students, senior citizens and children. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.



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