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Student directors present 'Six Degrees of Respect'
at Liston Campus April 24 to 27

April 22, 2014

Nicholas Simonin, Jasmin Alcantara and Cody Arthuer perform in Skirting the Issue Nicholas Simonin, Jasmin Alcantara and Cody Arthur perform in "Skirting the Issue." Directed by Audrey Lavin Crawley, it is one of six plays in the upcoming student-directed performance "Six Degrees of Respect."

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners." This observation by 18th century Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman Laurence Sterne will be explored as the CCRI Players present "Six Degrees of Respect," a program of six student-directed short plays at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 24 to 26, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

The CCRI Players have included a student-directed production on their mainstage schedule in each season since 2004-05. To be selected as a student director, a candidate must meet various criteria regarding academic performance and active involvement in previous CCRI Players' productions, including having served as a stage manager or assistant director on a faculty-directed show. This year's directors, mentored by Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland, are Amanda Beaton, Audrey Lavin Crawley and Lauren Ferreira, each of whom is directing two 10-minute plays, chosen from previously produced works by six different playwrights. The umbrella title "Six Degrees of Respect" was chosen because the six plays, though varied in style and tone, each touch upon the theme of respect – for oneself and for others.

A 2012 graduate of Classical High School, Beaton appeared at CCRI in last season's student-directed play, "The Dining Room" and has recently performed locally in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The House of Blue Leaves." In December, she was stage manager for the Players' production of "The Spitfire Grill." She is directing "Slugger" by Terrence Kidd, in which Holly, a quirky young woman from Kentucky fed up with people's inability to be nice to each other takes up a bona fide Louisville Slugger with the intent of making them be nice. "Just Like Tetraphobia" by Cassie M. Seinuk concerns Joe, a college student who shares a bench and a conversation with fellow sophomore Jillian in hopes of asking her to the Fall Fest Fling. But to do so, he must overcome a troublesome combination of circumstances: the fact that he is, literally, a monster, and that monsters are Jillian's biggest phobia.

Crawley is a 2011 graduate of Tolman High School who has been involved in numerous productions at CCRI and elsewhere, both on stage and behind the scenes. Last season at CCRI, she stage managed "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" and was assistant to the director for "The Glass Menagerie." She received an Irene Ryan nomination in December for her performance as Shelby Thorpe in "The Spitfire Grill," and has worked with Counter Productions on "Speed-the-Plow" and, most recently, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." In "Six Degrees of Respect," Audrey is directing "Curse the Darkness" by Patrick Gabridge, in which four stage hands, in the midst of setting the stage for an imminent scene, are hindered in their task by interpersonal drama that bubbles to the surface. In "Skirting the Issue" by Gary Garrison, the parents of a child in an Iowa grade school have been summoned to meet with the principal after their son has been involved in an "incident." Unexpected acts of defiance and support ensue.

An Irene Ryan Acting Audition candidate at the Region 1 American College Theatre Festival this year, Ferreira is a 2012 graduate of Cranston High School West, where she received the Donald B. Babbitt Award for Excellence in Theatre. She served as stage manager for this season's Players' opener "Wait Until Dark," and has appeared at CCRI in various roles in "The Dining Room" and as Hannah Ferguson in "The Spitfire Grill." Off campus, she recently played the Little Nun in "The House of Blue Leaves." She will direct "Tattoo You" by Lisa Kenner, in which two women from different backgrounds attending their 20-year high school reunion reopen old, lingering scars during a chance encounter in a ladies' room. "The Quiz" by K. Alexa Mavromatis portrays two middle-aged women, Diane and Pam, whose "What Not to Wear" preparations to attend a baby shower turns into an existential crisis about getting older.

"Six Degrees of Respect" has set design by Sutherland, lighting design and technical direction by Justin C. Carroll, costume design by Leslie Ford and Brandy Lee Silva, and sound design by Mick Jones. The stage managers are Brayam Renovales of Providence, Melissa Barsana of Coventry and Jeana Ariel Garcia of North Providence. Members of the cast are: Jasmine Alcantara, Nicholas Arawole, Marina Tejada and Becca Tremblay of Providence; Nicholas P. Simonin and Clare Nerney of North Providence; Stephanie Rendazzo and Katie Westgate of Rumford; Reagan Williams of Newport; Victoria Albin of North Kingstown; Cody Arthur of Coventry; Paul J. Marchand of West Warwick; Carlos Peralta of Pawtucket; and Elizabeth Souin of Cranston.

Reserved-seat tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students, senior citizens and children. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.



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