For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
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Brockport, NY – As spring hits the air, and golf courses come to life after a long winter, The Department of Theatre and Music Studies at The College at Brockport would like to pose this question: What do you get when you cross-pollinate a golf tournament, a lost engagement ring, and some of the ugliest sweaters on earth? Why, it’s Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway,, one of the funniest farces to come down the pike in some time. The comedy will have its Western New York premiere on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Additional performances of The Fox on the Fairway are April 27 and May 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm. There is a matinee on Sunday, April 28, at 2 pm, which will be sign language interpreted. Tickets for The Fox on the Fairway are $15, $10 (Seniors and College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff) and $8 (Students) and are available by calling (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
Ludwig has mined this territory before, in Lend Me a Tenor. This time he takes comic aim at the well-established, tony country club set, which always seems ripe for derision. Frank Kuhn, a professor in the department and director of the production, feels that “farce — from Aristophanes onward — has always had fun with social conventions and the mores of marriage, business, politics, and other domains where behavior is proscribed. Farce’s targets are often the carriers of those conventions in support of unreasonable hierarchies. In The Fox on the Fairway, the country club environment, with its highly structured codes of behavior, aspirations to old fashioned elitism, and conservative traditions, is a perfect setting for a farce.”
Though Kuhn was drawn to the play for its craft and deft use of some classical farcical conventions such as young lovers being blocked, marriages in jeopardy, and a naïve ingénue, when it comes right down to it, he wanted to direct the play for slightly less academic reasons. Kuhn admits “I laughed out loud when I read Fox on the Fairway. It’s very funny.”
More information on the 2012-13 Fine Arts Series at The College at Brockport can be found at www.brockport.edu/finearts.
Images: Image 1: Scott Dahl’s rendering of the Quail Valley Golf Club, featured in Ken Ludwig’s farce The Fox on the Fairway, being performed at The College at Brockport on April 26 –28 and May 2 – 4. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets.
Image 2: Olivia Howard (as “Louise”) and Daniel Rivera (as “Justin”) are featured in Ken Ludwig’s farce The Fox on the Fairway, being performed at The College at Brockport on April 26 –28 and May 2 – 4. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets.
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