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PR # 77 October 22, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College?s Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a student theatre production of A.R. Gurney?s Overtime , November 14-17, at 8 p.m., in the Welpe Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus. The production, which is suitable for audience members age 16 and older, is being directed by Danielle Barry of Somerville, an instructor in the College?s Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Overtime is a modern sequel to Shakespeare?s The Merchant of Venice . It takes the final scene, relationships and concepts and projects them forward to see how they might play out in a reality that seems very much like contemporary America. Although Gurney?s Love Letters and The Dining Room are better known than this comic gem, Overtime offers a unique classical twist that makes it particularly enjoyable. In this fast-paced comedy, Gurney piles insult atop stereotype, atop genuine cultural observation, providing audiences with a fresh look at diversity.

The RVCC student production features visiting guest artist Olivier Leroux, who is handling both the central role of Shylock and is also part of the creative production staff. Leroux received his formal theatre training in France at La Compagnie de L?Aquilon, an offshoot of the prestigious Ariane?s Mnouchkine Theatre de Soleil. In the United States he collaborated with The Actor?s Bridge, Peregrine Black Production and Broadaxe Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee where he resided for 10 years.

The Overtime cast includes: Michael Beaton as Salerio, Portia?s family accountant (Hillsboro); Sandy Behre as Jessica, Shylock?s daughter (Bernardsville); Cheryl Bocra as Portia, a lady of Venice (Hillsboro); Randy Jenkins as Gratiano, Bassanio?s companion (South Plainfield); Olivier Leroux as Shylock, a businessman (Pennington); Derek Mazukiewicz as Bassanio, Portia?s successful suitor (Princeton); Billy Millman as Lorenzo, who eloped with Jessica (Green Brook); John Pizzigoni as Antonio, The Merchant of Venice (Green Brook); and Gabriela Tovar as Nerissa, Portia?s adopted sister/companion (Somerville). Melissa Karnilaw of Warren is stage manager and Carina Metz of Hillsboro is the costume/prop coordinator.

Tickets, at $8 or $5 for seniors, students and members of the RVCC community, are available through the box office, 908-725-3420. The show has general seating so early arrival is suggested.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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