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You know what they say about guys with big noses!

Jere Luisi plays Cyrano de Bergerac -- swordfighter extraordinaire, poet and philosopher -- in Cyrano.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

January 14, 2002

TEMPE, ARIZ. —Swordfighter extraordinaire, poet and philosopher known throughout Paris as a one-man crusade for truth and beauty—that’s Cyrano de Bergerac. His outrageous courage is surpassed only by his outrageous proboscis—or as some would say his GIGANTIC nose! Cyrano, the classic tale of the ultimate love triangle, will come alive on stage at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse (ASU Campus) Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002. This is a first-time collaboration between the Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre and Childsplay, Inc.

This new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano is written by Barry Kornhauser and is especially suited for young audiences (over 11 years of age). Directed by Childsplay’s David Saar, this production features an all-star cast with Jere Luisi as Cyrano; Debra K. Stevens as the object of his desire, Roxanne; and ASU student Kyle Sorrell as the handsome Christian. The play’s exceptional cast dons the fabulous costume creations of ASU’s Connie Furr-Solomon and performs in the wonderful Baroque literary world as designed by Robert Klinglehoefer.

This production will be sure to leave all audiences pleased as gracious humor, warm passion and romantic love are all told in one of the Valley’s most fabulous theatre experiences this year!Cyrano runs Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002, at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse in Tempe. The Paul V. Galvin Playhouse is located on the ASU Campus at 51 E. 10th St. For tickets or information please call 480.965.6447.

Cyrano: Feb. 15 - March 3, 2002
Adaptation by Barry Kornhauser
From the play by Edmond Rostand
Directed by David Saar

Tickets: $5-14. Box Office: 480.965.6447

Featuring: Jere Luisi, Debra K. Stevens, Kyle Sorrell, Jonothon Howard, Dwayne Hartford, Morten Seymore, Carlo Nakar, Matt Jacobs, Joseph Benesh, Katie McFazden, Meghan Melcher, Ariel Angel Wertler, Lisa Randolph Kindall, Kellie Taylor, John Tang, Danielle Martinez, Mark Reiss.

Fri., Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Pay What You Can Performance (Donation Suggested, Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis, at the box office 45 minutes before curtain): Sun., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performances: Sun., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

David Saar (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Childsplay. He has directed and taught for Childsplay since the company was formed in 1977. Directing credits include (Childsplay): Pero, or the Mystery of the Night, Time Again In Oz, The King of Ireland’s Son, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Highest Heaven, Lincoln’s Log, Still Life with Iris, Charlotte’s Web, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, and The Secret Garden.

Jere Luisi (Cyrano) Acting credits: New Kid, Salt & Pepper, Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays, Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph, Still Life With Iris and Charlotte’s Web. Directing credits: The Owl and the Pussycat for Childsplay.

Debra K. Stevens (Roxanne) Acting credits: Still Life With Iris, Charlotte’s Web, The Yellow Boat, The Miracle Worker, The Highest Heaven, The Belle of Amherst and The Secret Garden. (Actors Theatre of Phoenix) The Archbishop’s Ceiling, (In Mixed Company) Quills.

Kyle Sorrell (Christian) Acting credits: Six Degrees of Separation (Phoenix Theatre), Three Sisters, This Lime Tree Bower, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (Southwest Shakespeare Co.).

Robert Klinglehoefer (Scenic Designer) Designer: (Fulton Opera House/Actor’s Company of Pennsylvania) A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Cyrano, (Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre) Mother Courage and her Children, The Cure at Troy, Oedipus and The Dance of Death, (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre) Cambodia Agoniste.

Ron Barnett (Composer) Musical Director: Blackbirds of Broadway, Tommy, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Quilters, Five Guys Named Moe, Forever Plaid, Beehive. Composer credits include: A Christmas Carol (adaptation by Barry Kornhauser), which premiered last year at the Fulton Opera House, The Shiniest Rock of All (adapted by Jere Hodgin from Virginia author Nancy Ruth Patterson’s book) and numerous incidental scores, including The Glass Menagerie, The Tempest and Much Ado about Nothing. Sound Design credits include: All Under Heaven, starring Valerie Harper as Pearl S. Buck, which played off-Broadway in 1998, Frank Higgins’ Miracles, and William Luce’s Zelda: The Last Flapper, which has played in Romania and Hungary as part of an ACTIV-5 international theatre festival.

Barry Kornhauser (Playwright) is the Playwright-In-Residence and Theatre for Young Audiences Director of the Actors' Company of Pennsylvania. He has authored dramas that have been produced worldwide, including This Is Not A Pipedream, honored with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education's (AATE) "Distinguished Play Award;” World’s Apart, written under a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Fellowship, and winner of the IUPUI/IRT/Bonderman National Playwriting Award; the newly published (by Dramatic Publishing) Cyrano; Inner Grace and Better Angels; both AATE award-winners; The Gilgamesh Treatment for the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts; Honey and Sting for Imagination Stage; and most recently, a new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol with composer Ron Barnett. Barry was also the author and director of a four-year statewide HIV/AIDS prevention play, All It Takes...developed under a major grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a project awarded the “Best Practices” honor of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education. 

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