URI Theatre stages Stephen Sondheim’s comedy, “Company”

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 15, 2012 — The University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre will present Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company.

The show will be staged Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 to 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 2 and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., J Studio in the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning Nov 12 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.

Set firmly in, and often about, New York, Company’s plot revolves around Robert, a single man with no emotional commitments who reassesses his life on his 35th birthday by reviewing his relationships with his married acquaintances and his girlfriends. As Sondheim said in his book, Finishing The Hat (2010), “That is the entire plot.”

Based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Sondheim, the Company was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won six. For the only time, the Tony Awards for Music and Lyrics were split into two categories. Sondheim won both awards.

URI’s production is directed by Professor Paula McGlasson (Singin’ in the Rain, The Rocky Horror Show, Oklahoma); musical direction by guest artist Lila Kane; costume design by URI Alumna, Amanda Downing-Carney; sets by Associate Professor Christian Wittwer; lighting design by guest artist Kathy Giebler and sound design by guest artist Mike Hyde.

Company Cast

Actor, Character, Hometown

Samantha Acampora, Marta, Providence

Joshua Andrews, Harry, Coventry

Julia Bartoletti, Sarah, Worcester, Mass.

Lindsy Bissonnette, Amy, South Kingstown

Andrew Burnap, Robert, South Kingstown

Brenna Calderara, Woman, Newtown, Conn.

Jimmy Calitri, Larry, South Kingstown

Benjamin Hill, Peter, E. Hampton, Conn.

Ashley Iannaco, April, Hudson, N.H.

Sophia Kreyssig, Vocal Minority, Chariho

Rae Mancini, Joanne, Providence

TS McCormick, Paul, Providence

Benjamin Miller, David, Barrington

Jacqueline Pecora, Woman, New Brunswick, N.J.

Katherine Riley, Jenny, Hillsdale, N.J.

Erika Rethorn, Kathy, Coventry

Mia D. Rocchio, Susan, Lebanon, NH

Pictured above

IN GOOD COMPANY: (l-r) Jimmy Calitri of South Kingstown as Larry, Andrew Burnap of South Kingstown as Robert, Julia Bartoletti of Worcester, Mass. as Sarah, Joshua Andrews of Coventry as Harry, and Rae Mancini of Providence as Joanne in Stephen Sondeim’s comedy, Company. Tickets and showtime details are at www.uri.edu/theatre.

URI photo by Randy Osga