Press Releases


Date Released: 10/6/2006

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents Suddenly the Sky Turned Blood Red, a new work of theatre directed by David Bassuk and inspired by the art of expressionist painter Edvard Munch. Performances are October 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 PM, and October 8 and 14 at 2 PM in the Dance Theatre Lab of the Dance Building. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 914-251-6830, or emailing ticket requests to

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

Suddenly the Sky Turned Blood Red is a splendid collection of tales of the fantastic, drawn from short stories that share Munch’s nightmarish imagination.  Edvard Munch’s most famous painting is The Scream, part of a series entitled Frieze of Life—A Poem about Life, Love and Death.

David Bassuk, of Ridgefield, Conn., is the Dean of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film in the Purchase College School of the Arts. He is the former artistic director of Novel Stages in Philadelphia, Penn., where he directed and produced the first plays written by Nadine Gordimer and Richard Sennett, and Out of the Depths, Chaim Potok’s first work written originally for the stage and given to Novel Stages for Mr. Bassuk to direct. He also directed the world premiere adaptations of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody, and Kafka’s Smile. The latter production garnered four Philadelphia Inquirer awards and toured extensively. He has also directed the world premiere musical adaptation of the novel Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Chaim Potok’s Off-Broadway adaptation of his modern classic The Chosen with Rob Morrow and George Hearn, and American Camera at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of The Bob Hope Award and the Augur Meadows Fellowship. A graduate of Purchase College, he also holds an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is a former director of the theatre program at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, Penn.

Subscription series include tickets for all six productions of the 2006-2007 Purchase Repertory Theatre season. Subscriptions for the Thursday series and the Saturday matinee series are $35. Subscriptions for the Friday series, Saturday series and Sunday matinee series are $50. To order a subscription, call The Performing Arts Center Box Office at 914-251-6200.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre features students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at Purchase College. For more information, call 914-251-6830.