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Apprentice Players to Host "REQUIEM" Sept. 22

The SUNY Orange Apprentice Players will present the Dykeman/Donovan Theater Lab production of “REQUIEM” for one night only on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall (formerly Orange Hall Theatre) on the College’s Middletown campus.

“REQUIEM” uses the full text of the Anna Akhmatova poem of the same title. Written between 1935 and 1961 about Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia, the author mourns the loss of her family members and her entire social circle. In the play, the character living through Stalin’s reign is both a specific person in a specific setting and all people who have suffered under oppressive regimes. Though the show is literary, it is not literal in the sense that stage productions often are. By creating an environment using not only the text but also objects and rituals, it evokes the essence of Akhmatova’s poem. The goal is not to act out the words, but to act on them in a way that brings the author and her fellow sufferers honor, since we cannot bring them justice.

Akhmatova (Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, 1889–1966), was a Russian modernist who struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Primary sources of information about Akhmatova's life are relatively scant, as war, revolution and the totalitarian regime caused much of the written record to be destroyed. She came from an aristocratic family that rejected her for her bohemian lifestyle, and with the revolution she became a target of the Bolsheviks.

Many of those closest to her died in the aftermath of the revolution. Her first husband, Nikolay Gumilyov was executed by the Soviet secret police, and her son Lev Gumilyov and her common-law husband Nikolay Punin spent many years in the Gulag, where Punin died. She was in official disfavor for long periods of her life 

Laura Donovan and Emily Dykeman began the The Dykeman/Donovan Theater Lab in 2015 with a goal of challenging audiences and performers alike. Drawing structure and inspiration from both classical and contemporary literature, DDTL seeks to create new forms of performance art not only to entertain but also to evoke further thought and discussion. DDTL works collaboratively with directors, actors, musicians and others. Dykeman is a 2010 graduate of SUNY Orange and former member of the Apprentice Players, the student theatre ensemble at the College. 

Seating is limited for this theatre in the round performance. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. For group prices (10 or more), call (845) 341 4789. The Richards Theatre box office opens one hour before curtain time. Content may not be suitable for children. All children must have a ticket to enter. 

For more information, contact the Dykeman/Donovan Theatre Lab at (845) 326-0196. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page at The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall is universally accessible. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Aves (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue) where ample parking is available.

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Terry Sandford
Arts & Communication Department