Quinnipiac University‘s Theater for Community will present the world premiere of “Lily Hare,” a dark comedy by New Haven playwright Kevin Daly, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.
The play also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1; 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.
Set in 1849, “Lily Hare” follows the fortunes of an actress who tours the country with her companion and student, Ned Tambourine, presenting a one-person show of badly memorized speeches from Shakespeare. Sadly for Lily, her talent does not match her ambition and her performances invariably end with the audience throwing tomatoes. Under the cover of this chaos, Ned cunningly picks audience members’ pockets to procure enough cash for Lily and him to make a quick getaway. Then, after one typically dreadful performance, Lily meets wealthy young admirer Simon Filbert and hatches a plan to use him and his money to advance her career.
Theater professor Crystal Brian will direct “Lily Hare,” with set design by Tricia Thelen, associate professor of theater, and sound design by Robert Bresnick, adjunct instructor. The cast includes Michelle Ayrapetyan as Lily Hare; Michael Bobenhausen as Ned; Dan Fox as Simon; Sara Detrik as old woman; Ashley DiFranza as stage manager; Mark Regini as Amity; Jen Espisito as Elm; Krystle Bernier as Whitney; Caitlin Riblett as Orange; Sean McLaughlin as Dixwell; Krista Langan as Whalley; Austin Demos as Goffe; Jen Fremd as Edwards; Alan Johnson as Humphrey; and Amir Boone as Edgewood.
Daly, who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences, is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University. It was while working toward a bachelor’s degree that Daly first became involved in theater. He began performing in theater department productions and worked closely with Brian on writing the Theater for Community’s productions of “The Antigone Project” and “The Troubles of Romeo and Juliet.”
Working on these projects ultimately moved him toward a life in the theater. Since earning his master of fine arts in playwriting from Indiana University, Daly has developed and produced plays at theaters around the country, most notably at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He has twice been named a semi-finalist for the National Playwriting Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. In 2008, he was awarded the Jason Stradtman Prize for Excellence in Playwriting and in 2011 his play, “In Kings and Fools,” was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. There is a special two-for-one discount for Quinnipiac alumni for the Friday and Saturday performances. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-582-3500.