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Desperately Seeking the Exit

In 2007, writer, performer, and Buffalo State alumnus Peter Michael Marino created a musical version of the 1985 film, Desperately Seeking Susan. The show played a successful run in Tokyo and was announced for a London production to be directed by Joe Mantello, who directed Wicked. It seemed that a fairy tale was about to come true for Marino.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

When Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds opened at Studio Arena Theatre in 1971, it had just won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In a coup of casting the production starred Jo Van Fleet, an actress of astonishing power who had won a Tony Award for The Trip to Bountiful and an Oscar for her first film role, East of Eden, starring Julie Harris and James Dean. These were the Neal Du Brock years, the days when the roguish and ill-behaved artistic director was forging a path that put Studio Arena at the forefront of the Regional Theater Movement.

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