Hope College Theatre Opens Season
With "The Years" on Sept. 28
Posted September 21, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College Theatre opens its 2001-02
season on Friday, Sept. 28, with a production of "The
Years," a modern drama by Cindy Lou Johnson.
The production plays in the DeWitt Center studio
theatre, with additional performances on Saturday, Sept. 29;
Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3-4; and Thursday-Saturday,
Oct. 11-13. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
"The Years" begins when Andrea, a young woman who
has recently lost her parents, is attacked on her wedding
day. In a surprising and precipitous decision, Andrea tells
her family that she slipped and fell, thus protecting her
assailant. As the play unfolds over a 16-year period, this
event, together with others, reverberates with moving, comic
and surprising results. In the end, redemption comes for
each character, not through large acts and rituals, but
through almost insignificant, long-forgotten moments.
According Daina Robins, chair of the college's
department of theatre and director of the production, the
department chose the play for its themes involving family
relationships and self-perception. Ultimately, she said,
the play is about forgiveness, which she noted is both a
timeless and a timely theme today.
The cast of six student actors includes: senior
Jill Nyquist of Dyer, Ind., as Andrea; senior Quincy Marr of
Gridley, Ill., as Andrew; junior Elizabeth Sturrus of Grand
Rapids as Eloise; junior Kristin Tiscornia of Geneseo, N.Y.,
as Isabella; junior David Ovies of Royal Oak as Bartholomew;
and sophomore Matthew Farmer of Bangor as Jeffrey.
Costume and make-up designs are by senior Anne
Pott of Hamilton under the supervision of Michelle Bombe,
associate professor of theatre. The rest of the designs are
by members of the theatre faculty: Richard Smith, for
scenery and properties, and Perry Landes, for lighting and
sound. Kim Daelhousen, a senior from Sinking Spring, Pa.,
is the stage manager.
Tickets for "The Years" are $7 for regular adult
admission, and $4 for senior citizens and students, and are
available in the theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt
Center. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and
until 8 p.m. on performance nights, and can be called at
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at