Thursday, October 20, 2011

live theater at alfred university open to public

If you are not from the Southern Tier, you might not be aware that there is a little gem in Alfred University's Performing Arts programs. The public is welcome to attend.

Coming up is the World premiere of ‘Death to the Book Club’ by Olga Humphrey,  to grace AU stage in Miller Center. It will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 26-29, in the C.D Smith III Theatre, Miller Performing Arts Center Complex. Show times are at 8 p.m.

General admission is $5, student admission is $3, and AU student admission with ID is $1. For tickets and reservations, please visit the Performing Arts Box Office by e-mail at or  go to the Web box office at, or call 607.871.2828

Find out what happens when a mysterious new novel makes its way into the hands of a book club, changing the lives of everyone who reads it-especially two sisters whose lives are intertwined in ways that one of them regrets in "Death of a Book Club."

Directing the play is Eliza Beckwith, a member of the AU class of 1978, who currently serves as co-artistic director of New Directions Theater, New York City, who with Richard Willett, brought "The Flid Show" to Alfred in 2003. Beckwith is a past managing director and still member of Ensemble Studio Theatre where she directed four plays during its yearly "Marathon of One Acts."

Director Beckwith has collaborated on original scripts with playwright Humphrey, also a screenwriter and television writer based in New York City, numerous times in the past. Beckwith chose "Death to the Book Club" for production at AU because "I couldn’t put it down; it was the first one that I read start to finish."