CCC Presenting Actors' Equity Association Guest Artist in 'The School for Wives'
For the first time in Camden County College history, an Actors’ Equity Association Guest Artist is appearing in a campus production. “The School for Wives” features professional actor Stephen Bonnell – a veteran of Second City, Off-Broadway productions and “The Guiding Light” television soap opera – from Dec. 2 to 10.
Bonnell is starring as “Arnolphe” in Molière’s comedy. The Philadelphia resident is a member of the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia and has appeared at the Media Theatre in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Showboat,” “My Fair Lady” and “Oliver!” His credits include Off-Broadway and regional acting and directing as well as teaching at the Strasberg Institute in New York City and the University of Miami.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to have worked as an actor for 40 years, and I’ve enjoyed teaching and directing as well,” Bonnell said. “This is my first time performing Molière. I really like high comedy, and this piece – written all in verse – is a challenge. I love working with the students.”
Bonnell was one of five actors who auditioned for his role, a rich merchant under the delusion that he can create a perfect marriage by creating a perfect wife. Professor Marjorie Sokoloff, who is directing the Stages at Camden County College production, characterized the play as “a sophisticated satire and a delightful comedy of crossed purposes” that audiences are sure to enjoy.
“‘The School for Wives’ demonstrates to what ludicrous lengths man will go in his attempt to control an uncontrollable universe and what kind of ironic comeuppance is bound to be his reward,” Sokoloff said. “Stephen has made himself invaluable to our process, and we are sure that his inclusion in our work will make us more visible and make it clear to our local audiences and beyond that we are taking our work to the next level.”
Also appearing in the production are student and community members. They are: Melissa Rittmann of Ewing , Ian Taylor of Erial, Sean Casey of Audubon, Tim Rinehart of Cherry Hill, Maria Panvini of Pine Hill and Paul Brodo of Deptford. The stage manager is Michael Walker of Trenton, and the assistant stage manager is Sadie Mawson of Voorhees. Scenic design and technical direction is by Donald Swenson of Pitman.
Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in The Little Theatre. The venue is located inside Lincoln Hall on CCC’s Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, senior citizens and CCC students, faculty and staff with valid identification. A rate of $8 is available for members of groups totaling 20 or more.
To reserve tickets or for additional information about the production, contact Stages at Camden County College by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: December 01, 2011