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Knox channels Big Apple

November 14, 2014

Cassie Burton / The Courier - Katie Robertson, Brittany Shumaker and Alli Vaughn perform at Knoxs College for the Caffe Cino production.

New York isn’t just a state of mind for Monmouth College students participating in the Caffe Cino Project at Knox College. The Knox theatre department has recreated the legendary Caffe Cino, originally a small coffee house in Greenwich Village that is known for its theatre productions.

MC students Brittany Shumaker, Alli Vaughn, Cassie Burton, Alexi Licata, Katie Robertson and Haley Willits will all be performing in a one-act play titled “He Killed My Bird, or Now That We’re in Heaven” by Claudia Burnett.

“I’ve had this play on the brain for several years,” said director Emily Rollie. “They did a staged reading [of this play] at a conference a couple years ago, but it’s never fully been staged.”

In addition to performing this play for the first time, this is the first time in recent history that the MC and Knox theatre department have collaborated on a single project.

“Joe Cino, [the owner of the original Caffe Cino], was interested in collaborating… so when Jeff Grace at Knox put the project together… he was like, ‘Let’s have a collaborative venture,’” said Rollie of the partnership.

“[The Knox students and faculty] have been very open with us and helpful with everything,” said freshman Alli Vaughn of the collaboration.

The show will take place on both Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre located in the Center for Fine Arts building at Knox College. Admission is free, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be drinks and pastries in a true coffeehouse fashion for purchase, as well.

Seating is limited and will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Mackenzie Mahler
Courier Features Editor

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