The university's first theatrical performance of the school year will be the rendition of screenplay writers George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's "You Can't Take It With You." Directed by Dr. James P. McGlone, a Seton Hall theater professor, the play is a classic comedy that focuses on love. The story in short: girl meets boy, girl falls for boy.In the play Anthony "Tony" Kirby is establishing a government-sanctioned monopoly by buying all the land surrounding a competitor's factory to force him out of business. His only barrier is Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, an eccentric who refuses to sell his home. Grandpa's granddaughter Alice, a stenographer from a family of individualists, has fallen in love with Tony. When Tony proposes to Alice, she is ecstatic. Unfortunately, Tony's mother's stuck-up ways dampen Alice's enthusiasm and Tony fears that Alice's family will clash with his. Chaos ensues, as neither family is quite prepared for the other. Alice is played by sophomore Megan Hanson, a broadcasting major with a concentration in TV, and a double minor in public relations and theatre. "Alice is the female ingenue in the play. Essentially, Alice is the only normal one in her family," Hanson said. "She loves her family dearly but they're all a bit eccentric, and she feels hesitant about exposing them to her fiancé, Tony. A few people understand her family and the way they choose to live." When she auditioned for the role five weeks ago, Hanson said she wasn't sure which role she wanted."When you audition, you may have a certain role in mind that you'd like to play, but essentially you just audition, and the director places you where he sees fit," Hanson said. "I did have interest in playing Alice only because I had never played the role of the ingénue before. And honestly I wanted to test myself to see if I could take on a role like this." Freshman Kristen Velloza, a newcomer to the stage at Seton Hall, knew she was going to audition, but no idea when. During University Day, she decided to visit the theatre table and was encouraged to come out and audition. "I don't know what that has to do with my major, but I feel like speaking is a big part of diplomacy," Velloza said. "So you have to be able to speak in front of large audiences. Acting helps me build confidence by performing and speaking to people." Velloza said that she never got the character roles. "But it's fun for me to play those roles because they're not real life people; they're just there to make people laugh. It's cool to be someone else," she said. "The director gave me tips on how to play an alcoholic, it was like alcohol 101." Freshman Pat Daly replays a childhood memory when he steps into the role of Ed Carmichael, the son-in-law of Grandpa Martin. "Ed is always happy and willing to help out and I feel like that encompasses me very well," Daly said. "Ed is a funny guy, but he's very misunderstood. He likes to play music and efficient love for printing. Unfortunately, his zeal at the printing press gets him in trouble sometimes because he prints things without thinking about it."Daly, a diplomacy major, is a newcomer to the stage. Auditioning for the first play of the year was a spur of a moment decision influenced by a friend of his. "I've never done a play before," said Daly. "My friend Bill who's playing Paul asked if I wanted to go audition. So I thought I'd go and meet some cute girls and I ended up getting this part."Senior Rob Huryk, who plays Kolenkhov, said that while this wasn't his favorite play, he's learning to experience the new challenges in Seton Hall Theatre."I usually have a lot of fun, but this show isn't very fun for me," Huryk said. "I love comedies though." Kolenkhov is a ballet teacher straight out of Russia who has a thirst for higher artistic ability. He views everything as if nothing is up to his standards.Sarenia Hertilus is the only stage manager administering the play, and is a veteran when it comes to Seton Hall Theatre. This is her second year as stage manager and as a senior, she has decided theatre is what she wants to do for the rest of her life. "I don't get overwhelmed with having all the weight on my shoulders because it is my job. I plan on doing this for the rest of my life so it's nothing new to me," Hertilus said.Velloza added, "I am very excited about this production, and I hope that a lot of students and faculty hear about the show and attend one of the performances. We'd love and appreciate good crowds." The play will be performed in the Theatre-in-the-Round in the Bishop Dougherty University Center on Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.Toneisha Friday can be reached at email@example.com.
When going to see Dough Hughes' production of David Mamet's "Oleanna," bring your boxing gloves and fighting words. Currently playing at the Golden Theater on Broadway and featuring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, this all-out verbal (and sometimes physical) brawl presents the issue of sexual harassment and assault with the tagline, "Whatever side you take, you're wrong."
The Division of Volunteer Efforts and the Sophomore Discovery Program at Seton Hall are collaborating on a Coat Drive that officially began on Oct. 16 and will culminate in a student distribution of the coats on Nov. 7 at the Apostle House in Newark.
Seton Hall University has elected to join the National Sexual Assault Response Team program to help provide services and support to victims of sexual assault.
Seton Hall alum and former Arts and Entertainment Editor of The Setonian Jeff Fucci will host a charity event called Haunted Hill House"on Oct. 23-25 at his home in Carlstadt, New Jersey.In its third year, Haunted Hill House has become the largest backyard Halloween walk-through and performance in northern New Jersey, admitting over 1,500 visitors. The theme of this year's event centers around the fictitious Hill High School's homecoming dance. The dance is still on despite the recent disappearances of some students and a few break-ins within the school. Two characters from last year's event, Dr. Jack McKnight and Mr. Vincent Darcone, are back and posing as science teachers at Hill High. Unbeknownst to the school, these two are actually evil scientists determined to turn the dance into a sacrifice and open a portal to hell that will unleash evil into the world. Not one to miss out on the fun, Fucci is an actor in the show as well as its producer, playing the part of Vincent Darcone. His best friend and Haunted Hill House collaborator, Joe Cutalo, plays Jack McKnight. The rest of the cast and crew include volunteers, family members and theater students. Fucci began the project with Cutalo in 2007 after discovering that the haunted houses he loved to visit no longer existed. "When I was a kid, there were lots of these backyard haunted houses," he said. "Now there's no more." While Fucci had the ambition, he had no house. Everything fell into place once Fucci moved into his current residence in Carlstadt two years ago, which had been in his family for years. Upon discovering 100-year-old furniture in the attic and the basement, he knew he had found the perfect location for a haunted house."I said to Joe, ‘Why not bring this crazy furniture outside and build a haunted house in the backyard and do something for the community,'" Fucci said. The event has come a long way in its three years. The first one, back in 2007, consisted of only a backyard walk-through with no show or plot. While it was a successful first outing, Fucci and Cutalo saw the need for improvement. According to Fucci, there was not enough light, no sense of crowd control and confusion about where to exit."People kept tripping over tree roots because it was so dark," he said. "We were literally banging on things with sticks and whispering to people where to go." To improve the next year's event, Fucci and Cutalo got creative. They invented the characters Dr. Jack McKnight and Mr. Vincent Darcone and a storyline (he said fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will recognize that their story isn't completely original). They also decided to add a small show in addition to the backyard walk-through. But Fucci didn't want his haunted house to be all scares and no heart. "The kind of spectacle we were doing was fun, but it wouldn't be right without some kind of cause," he said.In its first year, Haunted Hill House partnered with Angel's Attic, which takes the profits from clothes donations and distributes them among other charities. The following year, they partnered with the Gift of Life International, which provides funding for heart surgeries to children in need all over the world. With generous donations from its visitors, the event raised over $2,000 for both charities. This year, all proceeds will go to the New Jersey Center for Food Action. Fucci, Cutalo, and their loyal band of volunteers plan to donate the money toward Thanksgiving dinner for needy families.This year, Haunted Hill House is located at 539 Hackensack Street in Carlstadt, NJ. The event will last from 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to donate. Dana Cassidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centuries ago, the Chinese government implemented a form of slow torture by dripping water on its prisoners' heads, which, though seemingly innocuous, ultimately drove the detainees to the brink of insanity. It defined the notion of cruel and unusual punishment, an unprecedented strategy until this month, when Shakira, the hip-convulsing Latin singer, released her new album, "She Wolf."
This year marks 50 years of groundbreaking modern art from the world famous New York City museum, the Guggenheim. When the white, jutting spiral shaped building was first erected on October 21, 1959, across from Central Park, the Upper East Side didn't understand the modern marvel among old New York classic architecture. While the plans for the building started in the early 40's, the grand opening didn't take place until a few months after the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's death.