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For Immediate Release
April 7, 2009

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Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797

Women of World War II are the Focus of The Cover of Life

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Press Release Photo Kate Derry ("Tood") checks that Bethany Burrows' ("Sybil") has drawn on her seams straight as they conserve nylon for the war effort

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Press Release Photo Bethany Burrows as "Sybil" draws on her seams to conserve nylon for the war effort

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Press Release Photo Andrew Antao as "Tommy and Kate Derry as "Tood" evoke a famous Life magazine cover

Brockport, NY – “War is hell,” said William Tecumseh Sherman. It may be true, but so is the prospect of spending World War II living with your mother-in-law in sultry, humid Louisiana. This is precisely what three women find themselves doing in R.T. Robinson’s The Cover of Life. This comic drama will be presented by TheatreBrockport, beginning on Friday, April 24, 2009, at 7:30 pm. Performances take place at The College of Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

When three brothers get married at the onset of the war, it is decided that their brides should move into their mother’s home in order to save money. This unusual move captures the attention of Life magazine’s editors, who dispatch Kate, a reporter and photographer, to document the situation. As she gets to know the women being profiled, Kate’s life is forever changed.

Robinson’s play, which is based on events that actually took place within the writer’s family, draws open the curtain on that war at home, and how the women were forced to cope during the era. “The war gave rise to a newfound feminism, what with Rosie the Riveters working in factories. Women were able to see that they could have lives outside of the home, and these advances were all quashed when the servicemen returned home from their tours of duty. It is especially evident in Kate, the photographer, who has been covering the hard news stories concerning the war, who feels less valued when she is reduced to shooting this feature; this ‘fluff’ piece.” says P. Gibson Ralph, chair of the Department of Theatre.

Performances of The Cover of Life are April 24, 25, 30 and May 1 and 2, at 7:30 pm and April 26 at 2 pm. The performance on Sunday, April 26, will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Tickets for the performances are $12/General, $10/Seniors and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. Tickets can also be obtained at all area Wegmans supermarkets.

All photos by Jim Dusen

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