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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2010

For more information, contact
Cherise Oakley
(585) 395-2754
coakley@brockport.edu

The Story Behind The Story Fuels Newsroom Drama with Intensity

Press Release Photo The Story features Nihal Advani (top), Alysia Douglas (center), and Nellie Adrien (bottom).

Brockport, NY – Journalistic integrity gets a workout in Tracey Scott Wilson’s fast-paced drama The Story. When a Caucasian man is killed in an African-American neighborhood, coverage of the story pits a young reporter against her more experienced editor. But her reporting skills aren’t the only things that come into question as The Story unfolds. Performances of the The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre production will commence on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center LAB Theatre, 180 Holley Street. Tickets for the performances are $12/General, $10/Seniors and College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff 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. Please note: The Story contains adult language.

Prior to the Brockport performances, The Story will also be one of the productions featured in the Geva Theatre Center’s CollegeFest, a series of plays produced by area colleges, including Nazareth College and the University of Rochester. Performances of The Story at Geva’s Nextstage are April 8, 9 and 10, 2010, at 7 pm, and April 11, 2010, at 1:30 pm. Tickets for these performances are $15, and can be purchased by calling the Geva Box Office at (585) 232-4382, or online at www.gevatheatre.org/plays/collegefest.

What can initially be viewed as a taut newsroom exposé can also be viewed as something of a docu-drama, or at least one inspired by actual events. In the 1980s, a reporter for the Washington Post wrote a series of stories concerning a heroin-addicted boy from the inner city, for which she received a Pulitzer Prize. When it was discovered that the investigative series was mostly fabrications, the reporter was forced to return the prize.

A reporter’s accountability opens the play to a variety of other themes, as well. Issues of race and sexual dynamics feed the vicious cycle of the highly charged newsroom. If Yvonne, the reporter, was a Caucasian man, would her ambition be squashed by her editor in the way she perceives? Or would she already be on the newspaper’s metro or national desks, instead of languishing in the “softer” Outlook section? Would she be anchoring television news, in this telegenic world in which we live? And is her ambition boundless enough to get her there?

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The full performance schedule for The Story at The College at Brockport is: April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 at 7:30 pm, and April 25 and May 2 at 2 pm. The performance on April 25 will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired..

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Photo Captions: All photos by Jim Dusen. Photo: Nihal Advani (top) as “Neil,” Alysia Douglas (center) as “Latisha,” and Nellie Adrien (bottom) as “Yvonne” in The College at Brockport’s production of Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story, appearing at Geva Theatre Center’s CollegeFest April 8 – 11, 2010, and at The College at Brockport on April 22 – 25 and April 29 – May 2, 2010.


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