June weekend entertainment: Ghostlight Players presents’ A Few Good Men ‘and Sundog Theater brings George Orwell’s’ 1984 ′ to life

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Ghostlight Players presents Aaron Sorkin’s, “A Few Good Men,” a courtroom drama directed by Joseph Daly set to run for two weekends from June 9 through June 18 in Hemsley Hall, the Parish House for the Church of St. Andrew, at 4 Arthur Kill Rd. at Historic Richmond Town.

The production tells the story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay. During the course of the trial, they uncover a high-level conspiracy designed to eliminate weaker soldiers in the name of patriotism.

The Navy lawyer, an inexperienced young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened.

Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

“Who doesn’t love the movie, ‘A Few Good Men’?” said Daly. “And how many people even knew it was a play first and written by Aaron Sorkin who, including The West Wing, The Newsroom, Moneyball and The Social Network has become one of America’s premiere screenwriters.”

“I first did the play at Sea View Playwright’s Theater shortly after the movie opened in 1992, playing the prosecutor, Kevin Bacon’s role, and have wanted to do another version ever since. Originally scheduled for spring of 2020, I’ve waited two years and several venue changes, but here it is! With a cast of the finest actors – a few good men and one woman – on Staten Island! We are ready to tell the story of Dawson and Downey and Lt. Kaffee and Col. Jessup! Can you handle it? ”

Ghostlight’s cast features Christian Cespedes as Harold Dawson, Tino DeAlmeida as Luden Downey, James West as Sam Weinberg, James McKeon as Daniel A. Kaffee, Marybeth Vinci as Joanne Galloway, Frank Randall as Isaac Whitaker, Mark Palladino as Matthew A. Markinson, Will Simancas as William T. Santiago, Greg McGovern as Nathan Jessep, Eric Rosen as Jonathan James Kendrick, Nick Gennaro as Jack Ross, Gary Bradley as Jeffrey Owen Howard, Charles Sullivan as Julius Alexander Randolph and Frank Ninivaggi as Walter Stone.

“A Few Good Men” is designed by Joseph Daly (set / sound), Charles Sullivan (costumes) and Nick Diaz (lighting). Katie Scibelli is production stage manager.

Performance times are 8 pm Thursday, June 9 and Thursday June 16, Friday, June 10 and Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 11 and Saturday. June 18 and matinee Sunday, June 12 at 3 pm

Proof of vaccination required. Tickets are $ 25 and $ 20 (seniors and students).

Limited seating is available. Tickets available at Ghostlight Players, Inc. Presents: A Few Good Men (onthestage.tickets)

SUNDOG THEATER’S 1984 ″

Next up is Sundog Theater’s presentation of George Orwell’s tale “1984 ″, set to run from June 17 to June 26 at Wagner College’s Stage One at the Grymes Hill campus.

Orwell’s iconic novel was published in 1949 and this version of the play was written more than 30 years ago. Sundog’s production of “1984 ″, however, is the first one to be produced professionally on Staten Island.

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“Although Orwell did write the play as a warning rather than a prediction, the subject matter is prescient” said Sundog Executive Director Susan Fenley. “Surveillance, government control, loss of rights, media misrepresentation, and propaganda are here. Of course, these occurrences were not new at the time of writing, since they were realities throughout Orwell’s life. Re-reading the play after so many years showed how timely it still is. Art again serves as a mirror for society. That is what makes it frightening. ”

George Orwell wrote “1984 ″ as a result of his experiences during the times of Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, WW II, Russian Communism, and Fascism in Spain.

Written as a satellite of “totalitarian” government, readers for decades have seen it as a cautionary tale. Terms that Orwell coined in “1984 ″ have been in popular vernacular since the book was written: doublespeak, Big Brother, thoughtcrime, newspeak, and thought police.

Heading up the cast as the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, are Shea Ryan as Winston Smith and Ritty Mahoney as O’Brien. Also appearing in key roles are Kaitlyn Cox, Diane Zerega, Jason Biss, Caitlyn Efner, Austin Nakamura, and Joseph DeSena. Director is Mickey Tennenbaum. Costumes are by Joe Gambino and lighting design by Pamela Pangaro.

Performances dates are Friday June 17, Saturday, June 18, Sunday, June 19, Friday, June 24, Saturday. June 25 and Sunday, June 26.

Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 pmand Sundays at 3 pm at Wagner College’s Stage One, 610 Howard Ave.

Tickets: $ 20 general admission and $ 18 for students with ID and seniors.

For tickets and further information visit www.SundogTheater.org or phone 718 816-5453.

The production “1984 ″ is part of the New York Festival, a citywide collaborative featuring more than 300 organizations across New York City presenting events and shows during the summer of 2022.

Sundog Theater is a Staten Island-based performing arts organization, formed in 2002 that provides contemporary and original theater for adults and children, educational touring shows, acting classes for young people, and programs that bring teaching artists into schools to support curricula through the arts that help make learning come alive.

For more information phone the above mentioned 718 816-5453 or visit SundogTheater.org or info@SundogTheaterre.org.

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