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Date Released: 10/27/2006

Actors, dancers, musicians and technical designers from the Purchase College School of the Arts join together as the Purchase Repertory Theatre presents one of the most lauded new musicals of the last decade, James Joyce’s The Dead, October 27-November 4 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Eleanor Holdridge directs the production, with a Tony award-winning book by Richard Nelson, music by Shaun Davey inspired by the folk music of Ireland, and featuring the Senior Acting Company.

Performances are October 27, 28 and November 2, 3 and 4 at 8 PM, and October 29 and November 4 at 2 PM. Tickets are $20, $15 seniors. Subscription series are $35 for Thursday and Saturday matinees and $50 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday matinees. For more information or to order tickets, call the Box Office at 914-251-6200.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

This production is unique in that students from the Conservatories of Theatre Arts & Film, Music and Dance will perform together in one production. Daniel Gray of the Conservatory of Music is the musical director. James Johnson of the Conservatory of Dance is the choreographer.

The musical is based on Joyce’s classic short story from his celebrated Dubliners collection. At the turn of the 20th century, three generations of friends and family gather at the Christmas party of Gabriel Conroy’s music-loving aunts in Dublin to eat and drink. This year, a guest’s song awakens a memory of Gabriel’s wife and revives a long-buried passion. The play is a haunting glimpse into the souls of two people who learn first-hand how hard it is to truly know one another.

Eleanor Holdridge has directed over eight plays for Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass., as well as the Off-Broadway productions of Cycling Past the Matterhorn, The Imaginary Invalid and Mary Stuart. She also has many regional credits to her name. She has been a resident director with New Dramatists in New York City, artistic director of the Yale Cabaret in New Haven, and founder and artistic director of the Red Heel Theatre in Philadelphia. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in directing from Yale University.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre features students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at Purchase College. The 2006-2007 season continues with Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph and By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr performed in repertory, December 1-9; Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, February 9-17; The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht, March 2-10; and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, April 27-May 5. All performances are at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 914-251-6830.