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Buffalo Laboratory Theatre: Curtain Up! South will begin the 2013 – 2014 season

RING, RING — Katie White and David Hayes star in the premier play of the season, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” Photos submitted by Buffalo Laboratory Theatre.
HAMBURG — The actors and crew were slowly filtering into Swan Auditorium Theatre at Hilbert College for a dress rehearsal of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”

The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre will lift the curtain on its 2013 – 2014 season. Cofounded by Artistic Director Taylor Doherty and Kathleen Golde, associate artistic director. The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre is in house at Hilbert College, but is a separate entity from the school.

“There really is no professional theater in the Southtowns,” Golde said, adding that she hopes to provide such an avenue for local residents. “We are here and proud to be a part of this community and help provide arts and culture.”

Hilbert College is the alma mater for both Doherty and Golde. The Swan Auditorium Theatre holds nearly 500 people.

The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre originated in 2007. It is comprised by all professional actors and actresses that have years of performing under their belt. Many have had international experience and Golde said the goal of the company is to strive for nothing less than spectacular. “We’re not setting our bar for ‘are we good enough for local?’”

The company transforms the space for each show. “We’re a laboratory; we experiment,” Golde said, adding that the members of Buffalo Laboratory Theatre are provide a show that is accessible and professional for the audience.

Curtain Up! South is the main gala event to open the upcoming theater season. It is an evening of “celebration and good conversation,” Golde said.

CHEERS — From Curtain Up! South attendees toasted the beginning of the 2010 – 2011 season. The Curtain Up! South gala for the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre will take place on Sept. 20 at the Swan Auditorium Theatre.
Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and mingling will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., before the premier of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a play written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Doherty.

Ruhl, who also wrote “The Vibrator Play,” wrote “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” as a satirical comedic look into technology and its effects on human relationships.

As described by the theatre, it is “a wildly imaginative odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.”

The upcoming show will star Katie White, David Hayes and Diane Di Bernardo-Blenk. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday from Sept. 20 – Oct. 5. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The next play on the schedule is Doherty’s adaptation of “Cyrano,” a play about unrequited love originally by Edmund Rostand. Since it is being produced in conjunction with Shea’s Performing Arts Center, this particular show will be performed at the 710 Main Street Theatre.

The play stars Doherty, Ray Boucher, Morgan Chard and Katie White. It will run from Feb. 6 – 23.

The Buffalo Laboratory will also present “Choose Your Own Adventure: The Mystery of the Silver Chalice!” a play written and directed by Doherty. The outcome and plot of the story is dependent on the audience. Audience response devices similar to those used in shows such as

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” are given to attendees. As the play progresses, the audience members will choose what will happen with the performing characters and their stories.

The play will star John Kaczorowski, Ray Boucher and Anne Roaldi and will run from April 11 – 26.

To purchase tickets or, for more information about the Curtain Up! South gala or any future Buffalo Laboratory Theatre performance, call 202-9033 or visit www.buffalolabtheatre.org. Swan Auditorium Theatre on the Hilbert College campus is located at 5200 South Park Ave. in Hamburg.

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