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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2013

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Stuart Soloway
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“Acting Funny” is the Focus of “Stage Whispers” Talk

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10 am in the College's Tower of Fine Arts Center

Press Release Photo Tom Coiner, featured in Geva Theatre Center's The Book Club Play will be the guest at Stage Whispers

Brockport, NY – There is an old theatrical adage which imparts “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Yet when a room full of funny people is gathered, hysterics usually ensue. Such is the case with Geva Theatre Center’s new production, The Book Club Play. One of the actors featured in that show, Tom Coiner, will visit The College at Brockport to talk about “Acting Funny,” the next installment of the Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals series on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10 am, in the College’s Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 180 Holley Street. The talk is free and open to the public.

With his experience in both Shakespearean and more contemporary comedies, Coiner will be able to shed light on the difference between those, as well as physical comedy and drawing-room comedies, where the dialogue is supposed to elicit the laughs. He can also speak to instances when directors may have had to reign in him or his fellow actors. Comedy also requires different ways of maintaining your performance so that each audience sees the same show, leaving them in stitches.

Coiner is delighted to return to Geva after being in Rochester last winter for Perfect Wedding. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol and Othello at Denver Center; Saturn: A Play About Food at Superhero Clubhouse; As You Like It, 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Winter’s Tale, Man and Superman, Hair and The Three Sisters at National Theatre Conservatory; Listeners and A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Dog Sees God and Direct Object at Hyde Park Theatre; and The Brats of Clarence at Bedlam Faction. Mr. Coiner holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA from Kenyon College.

The “Stage Whispers” series is sponsored by The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies in conjunction with its educational partnership with Geva Theatre Center. The series gives members of the community insight into the process of professional theatre artists. For more information, please call (585) 395-2787. -end- Photo: Photo 1: Tom Coiner, featured in Geva Theatre Center’s The Book Club Play, will be the guest at Stage Whispers: A Conversation with Theatre Professionals at The College at Brockport on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10 am.

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