"On the Verge" SUNY

Eric Overmyer’s “On the Verge” at Parker Theatre

by Editor

The Department of Theatre Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz’s Mainstage Productions will conclude its 2013 – 2014 season with performances of Eric Overmyer’s play, On the Verge. This witty, delightful and surprising production opens Thursday, April 24 with performances running through Sunday, May 4 in Parker Theatre located on the New Paltz campus. Connie Rotunda, assistant professor in the theatre arts program, directs the production.

L to R: Jenny Berger as Fanny, Emma Larsen as Mary, and Kristin Battersby as Alex. Photo by Jack Wade

L to R: Jenny Berger as Fanny, Emma Larsen as Mary, and Kristin Battersby as Alex. Photo by Jack Wade

The play portrays three adventurous intrepid Victorian female trekkers journeying to Terra Incognita, “the last unknown, unexplored bit of globe.” As they travel from beach to cliffs to jungle to snowfield, they begin to discover strange objects in their backpacks and even stranger words in their mouths. They find themselves moving forward, not only through space, but also through time, starting in 1888 and warping into 1955. Along the way, they meet several fascinating and sometimes confusing characters – including a German dirigible pilot who may not be quite what he seems, a baby yeti, a bridge troll trained as a method actor, a slang-​​talking teenager, and a slick Havana-​​style nightclub owner.

Cast photo by Jack Wade

Cast photo by Jack Wade

On the Verge speaks to the feminine journey of longing and self-​​discovery through history. It is a play about language – the language of movement, time, space, change; the language of the heart and the language we speak,” said Rotunda. “It is about the beauty of yearning and the delicious confusion in the journey of self-​​discovery.”

Eric Overmyer

Eric Overmyer

Overmyer has written and/​or produced numerous TV shows, including St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The Wire, New Amsterdam, and Treme. His playwriting has garnered critical praise from The Seattle Times, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and The New York Times, among others.

Rotunda is a Guild-​​Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and has worked as the training program practitioner in the New York City Feldenkrais® Method Professional Training Programs. She holds an MFA in acting from the FSU/​Asolo Conservatory. A professional actor and coach, she has worked regionally and off-​​Broadway, created and performed sketch comedy with Alarm Dog Rep, as well as performed and taught as a guest artist. She currently works as an actor and movement coach with Wallis Knot, an experimental theatre company based in New York City. She is a rogue artist with the Anthropologists.

Director Connie Rotunda. Photo by Silvia Saponaro

Director Connie Rotunda. Photo by Silvia Saponaro

Before coming to SUNY New Paltz, Rotunda served on the faculty at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts as the lead teacher of movement. In addition to Feldenkrais, she has trained in the Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Wendall Beavers, Anne Bogart, and the SITI Company; Linklater with Andrea Haring; Middendorf breath work with Juerg Rofler; and Trish Arnold work with Merry Conway.

The production is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Beverly Brumm, whose scholarly approach toward dramatic literature and the art of acting helped bring the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz to excellence.

The performance schedule for On the Verge at the Parker Theatre is as follows:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26 @ 8pm and a 2pm matinée on Sunday the 27th.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1,2 and 3 @ 8pm and a 2pm matinée on Sunday the 4th.
Reserved tickets for all performances are $18 for general admission, $16 for seniors, SUNY faculty/​staff, and for non-​​New Paltz students, and $10 for SUNY New Paltz students.
To purchase tickets and for directions go to:
newpaltz​.edu/​t​h​e​a​tre or call (845) 257‑3880.
Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

One of the most well-​​regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Fine & Performing Arts and Education.

New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.


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