Cow Town, A new play by Spencer Christiano
advance tickets students $8 general $10
at the door students $10 general $12
- “Cow Town”
A new play by Spencer Christiano
Directed by Melyssa Hall
Thu-Sat July 24-26 at 8pm
Matinee Sat July 26 at 2pm
Contains nudity, violence, profanity, and drug use. Absolutely no one under 17 will be admitted. TRIGGER WARNING for victims of sexual violence.
“Cow Town” explores the attraction and dangers of exploitative relationships, fast love, and the subtleties of consent in this world premiere production of a daring new work by Rochester playwright Spencer Christiano.
“Cow Town” follows four young adults in the urban and rural Americas as they interweave through a slice of summer friendships, attractions, obsessions, and infatuations. Fast-moving romances and casual hookups quickly snowball into much more complex relationships– both sought after and feared. As the characters struggle to communicate truths between generations built on secrecy, find the future in barren impossibility, and grasp self-reliance from inescapable dependence, the nature of desire is examined, clarified, and muddled.
Dean Amsler, Timothy Ellison, Victoria Schellenberg, and Haven Shea.
PHOTO BY MELYSSA HALL – (Clockwise from left) Timothy Ellison, Victoria Schellenberg, and Haven Shea in a scene from “Cow Town.” The play is written by Spencer Christiano and directed by Melyssa Hall
About the author:
Spencer Christiano is a published playwright, poet, journalist, and writer of short fiction. His works have been produced at The MuCCC Theater, Geva’s Nextstage, and The University of Rochester’s Todd Theater. His duet of plays, “The Rochester Plays – Part One: Attraction / Part Two: Escape,” was recently produced and published by the University of Rochester International Theater Program. He is the only Rochester playwright to ever be produced and published by the University.
He is also known for “M.I.A.,” “To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman,” “Midnight in the Front Lawn of Good and Evil: a hypothesis,” “Mystery of the Golden Buddha,” and “WAR TERRIER.” He is the recipient of three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Certificates of Merit, Geva Theater Center’s Young Playwright Award, and a Special Recognition Award from Vietnam Veterans of America.
About the director:
Melyssa Hall is a Rochester-based director and actress. She studied English Literature and Theatre at SUNY Geneseo. Her most notable credit during her time as a student was directing Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in the style of 1960?s avant-garde camp with special emphasis on LGBTQ subtext. Additional credits include directing Sarah Ruhl’s “Melancholy Play” and “Eurydice.” She also appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” as Lady Capulet, “The Vagina Monologues,” and the Geneseo Community Players production of “Don’t Dress For Dinner.” Since relocating to Rochester she has directed Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” for the Fringe Festival as well as serving as producer, director, and actor in the Aspie Works production, “Love in the Style of Will,” a collection of Shakespearean love scenes.
Contact: Spencer Christiano