‘Down the Road’ performance reminds us ‘It’s a mad world’

By Patrick Adams

The Ammerman campus theater department’s first production of the year has arrived. Lee Blessing’s “Down The Road” gives insight into the mind of a serial killer and two writers hired to write his story.

Bill Reach brutally killed 19 people and is planning to have a book made of his accounts but can Iris and Dan Henniman handle the stress of listening as Bill tells them how he killed  and as he plays mind games by saying there were more victims? Journalists do anything for a story, but how far will you go to get this story?

(from left to right) David Morrissey, Adriana Amaya, Jarrett Culotta

(from left to right) Ryan Ruland, David Morrissey, Adriana Amaya, Jarrett Culotta

The play directed by Steven Lantz Gefroh brings veteran actor David Morrissey who blew audiences away as Leslie in Seascape last year and now plays the role of Bill Reach with Adriana Amaya who plays Iris Henniman and Jarrett Culotta who plays Iris’s husband Dan Henniman, who are both starring for the first time in a campus production.

 Amaya and Culotta might be new to the Shea Theater stage, but their chemistry on stage would make you think they were on Broadway.

“I would really think they were dating and not acting.” Bridget Schweitzer said when asked about the performance “I also jumped and screamed a little when the guard was knocking on the door”.

Stage 119 in the Islip Arts Building is a 70 person theater and with a small theater you really feel like you’re in the play. As Ray O’Conner a freshman from Nassau Community College puts it “That was amazing!I thought I was watching a real movie.”

The only thing that was wrong with this production was the A/C; the theater was a little warm. Or as Jillian Landwersiek said “I felt like I was at the beach with no wind.” Or Megan Lemaire “There was sweat coming down my forehead. I felt gross.”

Even with the heat of the theater,  the cast and crew did what they do best and won the crowd and received a standing ovation. “The cast really made their roles their own” is what a theater patron was telling his girlfriend. This play that has been out since Oct. 7and has not yet sold out but as for the theater departments House Manager Iris Mosher said “It’s always a full house but hasn’t sold out yet, but it always sells out toward the end.”

Down The Road will have two more performances before the show’s end. Saturday, Oct. 15  at 8pm and Sunday Oct. 16 at 2pm. Tickets will be available one hour prior to performance and for SCCC students there is no charge and $8 for non SCCC students. Due to the graphic nature of this play it is not recommended for younger viewers. “Down the Road’s” run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

The theater department’s next performance “The Man Who Came To Dinner” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman is a comedy for everyone. “The Man Who Came To Dinner” is playing at Shea Theater in the Islip Arts Building at the Ammerman Campus November 17, 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.and November 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.. For directions or to ask a question call the theater department of SCCC at (631)451-4163 or visit www.sunysuffolk.edu/Spotlight.

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