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Theatre Lab Presents First Production of the Season

The Berea College Theatre Laboratory continued its 2004-2005 season with the opening Friday, Feb. 11, of Eduardo De Filippo’s “Saturday, Sunday, Monday," a delightful story about an Italian family’s preparation for the big Sunday dinner and the drama that ensues.

“Saturday, Sunday, Monday” is a heartwarming comedy about a large Italian family in Naples. Three generations are preparing for the family meal on Sunday. The kitchen and dining table are the heart of this household and serve to remind us that food, its preparation and enjoyment, equals love. Each one is quirky, boisterous and completely unforgettable.

The play was directed by Dr. Albert DeGiacomo, who has announced his retirement from Berea College to pursue ordained ministry. During his years at Berea, he has directed many successful, diverse productions including Camelot, Playboy of the Western World, Proof and Look Homeward, Angel.

“‘Saturday, Sunday, Monday’ reminds me, in particular, of my own growing up in a dramatic Italian-American family,” says DeGiacomo. “De Filippo's characters remind me especially of my father's side of the family: all their emotions in high relief, slightly larger than life, and every situation dramatized. All of the dramatic, theatrical instincts I possess come from my father's side of the family, and it was, indeed, my father who introduced me to the theatre when I was a boy, aged 11.”

The cast of “Saturday, Sunday, Monday” featured students, faculty and community members. Shan R. Ayers, associate professor and director of design and technology for the Theatre Laboratory, portrays Don Antonio Piscopo, the patriarch of the family. He also designed the scenery and lighting for the production. Ayers was last featured as Pellinore in “Camelot”, and may be best remembered as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman”. Mary Garcia Startzman (Aunt Meme) returned to the Berea College Theatre after a 15-year hiatus. She was last seen as Kate in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, and also has given memorable performances in “Summer In Smoke”, “The Winter’s Tale” and “King Lear”.

Gregory Andis, a long-time producer, actor and technician of more than 100 productions regionally, was last seen as Merlin in “Camelot”; he portrayed Michele, Aunt Meme’s son. Clinton Hines plays Peppino, Antonio Piscopo’s son. Hines was last seen in “Boys Next Door” and “Art”.

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