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News from Mohonk Mountain Stage Company

April 2006 — Vol. #11, Issue #3

Our Eleventh Year!

Robert G. Miller, Producing Director


The Third Annual Cold Buffet

Thanks for the use of the hall...

MMSCʼs Audience and Actor Challenge

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY! April 8, 2006 8 PM St. Andrewʼs Church 163 Main Street, New Paltz, NY Admission: $10 Call 255-3102 for reservations

Bobʼs desk


So what is an “undercroft?” I finally looked it up and discovered that, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term is used to describe a crypt, beneath a church, used for burial purposes.

Even though it sounds a little creepy, MMSC has spent many happy hours in an undercroft — that belonging to St. Andrewʼs Episcopal Church on Main Street in New Paltz. As far as we know, no one is buried there; there are no secret panels, no mysterious passageways. There is hardly enough room to store the folding chairs in the closet underneath the stairs, let alone the bodies of a few church patriarchs.

The St. Andrewʼs undercroft has been our home since November of 2001 when we gave our first performance there, “Duet: The Voices of Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon.”

And for the past four years we have been the guests of this lovely little church, which has graciously welcomed us and our tiny troupe. It was here that we performed The Laramie Project, Dinner with Friends, Humble Boy, Copenhagen, Born Yesterday, Greater Tuna,

The Guys, Knowing Women, dozens of poetry (continued on page 2, col. 1)

Those of you who made it to MMSCʼs COLD BUFFET I or II remember well the laughter and high- energy hijinks of our Audience and Actor Challenges. We had so much fun (and youʼve told us you did, too), that weʼre demanding a re-match, to see if our sharp, well-read audience members can stump our Readers Theatre stars in a third evening of sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant cold readings.

COLD BUFFET III is Mohonk Mountain Stage Companyʼs feast-for-the-ears combination of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Antiques Roadshow and Fear Factor. Based on the well-known “actorʼs nightmare,” where an actor is thrust out on the stage without knowing what play he or she is in, COLD BUFFET III dares its finest fearless readers to interpret “cold” readings provided by the audience, with no opportunity to look over the text ahead of time. The motto for the evening is: you bring it, weʼll read it!

Our audience members are invited to bring with them their favorite selections to be read aloud — whether poetry or prose, rib-tickling or heart-breaking, technical text or tongue-twisting tales. The actors will be handed their readings just before they are to be performed, and the fun begins! There are a few

restrictions: no individual 5 minutes to read, and no up languages are allowed.

piece can take longer than pieces in foreign or made- If selections involve more









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