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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents "American Blues" by Tennessee Williams April 25-May 3

Date Released: 3/31/2008

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents American Blues by Tennessee Williams, April 25-May 3 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. This selection of short plays is directed by Benard Cummings and performed by the Junior Acting Company. Tickets are $20, $15 seniors, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Performances are April 25, 26, May 1, 2 & 3 at 8 PM and April 27 and May 3 at 2 PM.

Tennessee Williams has a distinct talent for writing short plays. In this remarkable collection of one-acts, he presents some of his most poignant and hilarious characters.

Benard Cummings has directed the Purchase Repertory Theatre productions of Flyin’ West and The Three Sisters. He has also directed for the Alchemy Theatre Off-Broadway, and for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Tyler Junior College. Cummings has acted in regional theatre across the United States including Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. and the Hartford Stage. His plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta and London. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Southern Methodist University and Tyler Junior College.

American Blues is presented through the generous support of Morgan Stanley.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre, featuring students from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, creates exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays while bringing to the stage for the first time the next generation of actors, designers and technicians.