For the new year, Wagner College Theatre is offering an entirely new show, “Used Records,” with performances in Main Hall auditorium from March 2-4 and March 9-12. Evening performances beginning at 8 p.m. are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays.
With a conception and core story developed by director Jack Cummings III, the WCT production of “Used Records” is a completely new work created by the company that explores the multigenerational story of Colleen O’Brien through the 20th and 21st centuries.
Like a ball, grief and trauma roll through O’Brien’s family from one generation to the next, often undetected. A daughter can be affected by a great-aunt whom she never knew. A grandfather’s actions as a youth can impact the life of his children forever. A long-lost daughter can never be found, yet remains a strong presence within the family for decades. Through a series of life-threatening circumstances, Colleen decides to finally unpack it all and piece together the fabric of what has led her to where she is today. In a masterclass of “show, don’t tell,” the performers use physical communication and a curated playlist to lead the audience through a journey of anger, tenderness, sadness, relief and, most of all, acceptance and forgiveness.
“Used Records” was conceived and is directed by Jack Cummings III. The assistant director is Joshua Thau, scenic design by Oscar Escobedo, costumes by Alan Michael Smith, lighting by Vicki Neal, sound by Julian Evans and technical direction by Brian T. Sharron. The cast includes Alex Moss, Charles Rudalavage, Greyson Riley, Justino Tesoro, Katrice Jackson, Maddie MacLellan, Nika Skylar, Anya Nardone, Cait Efner, Gracie Klebine, Angelica Velez, Katie Cox, Kevin Luck, Madison Gracia, Rares Damsa and Theresa McCarthy.
Jack Cummings III (story/conception, director) is the cofounder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Transport Group Theatre Company. He is a two-time Obie Award winner, a five-time Drama Desk Award nominee, and an Audelco Award nominee. Cummings earned his B.A. from the College of William & Mary and his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. He is married to actress Barbara Walsh.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the WCT Tickets page. You can also contact the WCT Box Office directly at 718-390-3259 and firstname.lastname@example.org. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m., and one hour before every performance. Ticket prices vary, depending on date and seat location: adults $25 to $32, seniors $23 to $30, non-Wagner students $18 to $20, children $18 to $20.
If you feel ill, or test positive for Covid-19, please do not come to the theater; instead, contact the box office, and we will do our best to accommodate your ticket request for another date.
All audience members at WCT productions are strongly encouraged to wear masks when attending the productions.
About Wagner College Theatre
Wagner College’s Performing Arts Department provides students with a strong liberal arts background combined with intensive training in dance, music, acting, design, and more. With more than 50 years producing live performances on Staten Island, Wagner College has become a leader in the field and has ranked among the top 5 collegiate theatre programs in the United States by the Princeton Review since 2004, most recently ranking 3rd nationally in their 2023 “Best 388 Colleges” guide. Through a rigorous combination of theory and practice, the department seeks to foster leadership, a sense of community, artistic integrity, intellectual expertise, and the best professional values to serve students in their chosen profession.
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