Local actors take stage for 'Dead Man Walking' premier

The death penalty discussion continues as Cazenovia College presents the Central New York premiere of "Dead Man Walking," adapted for the stage by Tim Robbins from the Academy Award winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. The production is part of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project (dmwplay.org).

Performances at the Catherine Cummings Theatre are scheduled for Nov. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Curtain times are 8 p.m., for the Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m., for Sunday performances.

The play is directed by David Lowenstein, artist in residence at Cazenovia College, and produced by Colleen Prossner, theatre manager at the Catherine Cummings theatre at Cazenovia College. The cast is made up of Cazenovia College students and faculty members, and actors from Central New York.

Local cast and crew members include Ian Abernathy, of Cazenovia, who plays the role of Troy Poncelet; Jennifer Berry, of Cazenovia, who plays the role of Lucille Poncelet; Suzanne Hopkins Bixby, of DeRuyter, who plays the role of Mary Beth Percy; Jim Tobey, of Cazenovia, who plays the roles of Luis Montoya and Warden Hartman; Stu Weisman, assistant professor and director of Cazenovia College's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies Program, of Manlius, who plays the roles of Guy Gilardi and Man 2; Darren Zirbel, associate lecturer in art and design at Cazenovia College, who was involved in set construction with students from his Furniture Design class and the Theatre Production class at Cazenovia College; and Donald Crossman, of Chittenango, who is a member of the Theater Production Class, which was responsible for set construction and other aspects of the production. Crossman is a senior at Cazenovia College working toward a bachelor of arts in communication studies.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Cazenovia Jewelry on Albany St., or reserved by calling the Catherine Cummings Theatre Box Office at 655-7827. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors will open one half hour prior to show time. Call Colleen Prossner at 655-7238 for additional information.

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