A NEW WAY HOME: DUCHESNE PLAY PREMIERE

by SHANNON GAFFNEY ’17

What do you get when you gender swap The Wizard of Oz and add new, zany characters, a modern twist, and spontaneous, interactive dance parties? You can find out in two weeks at the premiere of A New Way Home, a play written and directed by Craig Donnelly, Manhattanville’s community service coordinator.

This 45-minute production runs Thursday, October 9th, Friday, October 10th, and Saturday, October 11th at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 12th at 2pm, in the X Theatre in Founders Hall. 

The story follows Darren, a teenager from a foster home who embarks on a journey to find his mother in the mysterious Old Town. Along the way, he and his best friend encounter plenty of interesting characters, riddles, jokes, music, and adventure. 

Not only is the production clever and entertaining, but it also serves a wonderful cause. “This play is being performed to raise money for the children from the CAST Kids Program,” shares Donnelly. “We want the money to go towards taking them to a Broadway show.” The program, which Donnelly has been running for a while, never fails to bring joy to the children, audience members, and Donnelly himself. “My favorite part of directing is working with so many wonderful actors!” he tells Touchstone. He also pointed out that the show is great for children because of its feel-good attitude and moral. “The main message is that all dreams can come true and we should all be treated equally.

This 45-minute production runs Thursday, October 9th, Friday, October 10th, and Saturday, October 11th at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 12th at 2pm, in the X Theatre in Founders Hall.