University Players Present ‘The Moors’

Rehearsing for The University of Scranton Players’ production of “The Moors” by Jen Silverman, which will run Mar. 1-4 are, from left: Sophia Cornejo, Ali Basalyga, Julia Consiglio and Shaye Santos.
February 21, 2018

The University of Scranton Players will present Jen Silverman’s play “The Moors,” directed by Estefanía Fadul. The show will run Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4, in the Royal Theatre of the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m.

“The Moors” follows two sisters and their dog living on the English moors as they wrestle with desires and expectations of love and power. This dark comedy premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2016 and opened off-Broadway in New York City in February 2017 at The Playwrights Realm. Silverman is the recipient of the Yale Drama Series Award and the Helen Merrill Award.

The production features Sophia Cornejo of Hazleton as Agatha; Ali Basalyga of Scranton as Huldey; Shaye Santos of Wrightstown, New Jersey, as Emilie; Julia Consiglio of Oceanside, New York, as Marjory; Conor Hurley of Woodside, New York, as The Mastiff; and Reilly Charles of Rockaway Park, New York, as A Moor-hen. Basalyga is a graduate of West Scranton High School and Cornejo is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School.

Additionally, the production showcases design and direction from award-winning guest artists. The creative team for “The Moors” includes Heidi Hoffer, set designer; Janice Tellier, costume designer; Dave Yezefski, lighting designer; Sinan Refik Zafar, sound designer; and Estefanía Fadul, director. Hoffer is currently a Fulbright Specialist in Islamabad, Pakistan working at Theatre Wallay, and she has previously been awarded the 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar Award to South Africa. Fadul is the recipient of the 2017 Bill Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in addition to the 2017 O’Neill/NNPN National Directors Fellowship.

Tickets may be purchased or reserved by calling the box office inside the McDade Center, 570-941-4318, or online at Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students, and University of Scranton faculty and staff.

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The University of Scranton Players is an academic theatre program that brings exceptional theatre to Northeastern Pennsylvania every season. The Players’ productions feature University of Scranton students in a mix of classical and contemporary works under the direction and mentorship of award-winning faculty and guest artists. The Players are celebrating 25 years in the the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts this season.

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