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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life" November 11-15

Date Released: 10/28/2008

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents William Saroyan's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Time of Your Life directed by Benard Cummings. The first play to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, this charming comedy features the eccentric patrons of a San Francisco saloon on the eve of World War II.  Performances are November 11-15 in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and non-Purchase students, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or online at

Performances are November 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 PM and November 15 at 2 PM.

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

In The Time of Your Life, the characters in the saloon find themselves chasing happy endings while a mysterious millionaire learns to appreciate the best qualities in the human spirit. The play takes "infinite delight" in all aspects of life --from the ridiculous to the profound. 

 In his director's note Benard Cummings says the preface by Mr. Saroyan sets the tone for the play. "In the time of your life, live -- so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. The play is not only a testament to the America of William Saroyan's age but to our own."

 Benard Cummings recently directed American Blues: A Collection of Tennessee Williams One-Act Plays at Purchase College. He has also directed Dark of the Moon, The Three Sisters, and Flying West  at the College.

 As an actor, he has worked off-Broadway at The Signature Theatre and with The Working Theatre. Regionally, he has performed at The Goodman Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of D.C., Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Yale Rep., and Hartford Stage. He has also performed on episodic TV shows.

 As a playwright, his works have been produced in the Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Women's Tapestry Project in NYC, Twice as Loud Theatre Company in London, Stamford Theatre Works, ETA Performing Arts Center in Chicago, Theatre Geo and Howard Fine Studios in Los Angeles, and the Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas.

 Benard Cummings is a guest lecturer in acting at Purchase College, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He is an adjunct Professor in acting at Pace University. He holds degrees from Tyler Junior College, Southern Methodist University, and the Yale School of Drama.

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

 The Purchase Repertory Theatre Season continues with: New Plays Repertory, featuring Marisol by Jose Rivera December 9-13; Book of Days by Lanford Wilson Dec 10-13; An Evening on One Act Plays by contemporary playwrights  February 10-14; All in The Timing, six one-act comedies by David Ives, Emelin Theatre, February 27-March 1; Richard III, William Shakespeare, March 31-April 5.