Le Moyne’s Production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Receives Several Nominations and Awards
posted on: 11/15/2013
Le Moyne College’s fall 2013 production of Sarah Ruhl's “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” has received several accolades since closing its two-week run on Nov. 2. The College has been notified by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) that is has received a merit award for “Outstanding Student Ensemble.” In addition, the production garnered Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations for Le Moyne seniors Natasia White, Ryan Bannen, and Jessica Gherardi, as well as an invitation for Stage Manager Emily Piraino to present her work at organization’s regional festival in January.
Perhaps the most impressive recognition was an invitation for the production to be included as one of only 10 to 15 plays (out of roughly 150 entered) designated as a "held" show. This designation keeps the door open for “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” to be entered into further competition for national awards at the KCACTF regional festival, which is composed of college and university theatre programs throughout the northeastern United States. In 2011, another Le Moyne production – “Rhinoceros” – was one of five chosen in the northeast region to be remounted at the festival.
“We're honored and very excited,” says Director Matt Chiorini. “This is such a prestigious festival and a fiercely competitive region. Our shows have consistently received awards and merits for each of the past four years that we've been participating, but to be “held” again is a huge honor, especially for college our size.”
The KCACTF Region 1 Festival will be held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Hyannis, Mass. Le Moyne will find out if "Dead Man's Cell Phone" has been accepted to compete for national awards in mid-December.
Founded in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the U.S. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.