Bickford Theatre Play Features Drew Students and Professors
Ravenscroft is a darkly funny thriller.
January 2017 – Four students and three professors from Drew University are featured in the professional production of Ravenscroft at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown.
The darkly funny thriller features a character named Inspector Ruffing and is set in a remote house, where Ruffing investigates the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down a staircase. In the process, he encounters five alluring and dangerous women who hold all the cards–and all the answers.
Playing the roles of Dolly and Gillian are Jessica Sroczynski and Erin Farrah, respectively. Michal Kortsarts and Annie Belkin, meanwhile, are assistant stage managers. The co-production between the Morris Museum and Drew premieres Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 12. Tickets are available here. Here’s a closer look at the players.
Sroczynski, a senior, is majoring in women’s and gender studies and minoring in film and media studies. Her Drew productions include Sure Thing, in which she played Betty, and Top Girls (Kit/Shona/the Waitress). She also appeared in a Hoboken, N.J. reading of the play, Blue/Whitney by Steven Haworth.
This is the first professional production for Sroczynski, who also acted in high school. At Drew, she works as an assistant in the Women’s and Gender Studies and English departments and handles publicity for Drew’s Center for Global Education.
Dolly, the maid of the house, is a “nervous wreck most of the time, and she just wants to make people happy,” Sroczynski said. “Since she is lower class, her job is really important to her but she often messes up very simple tasks.”
Farrah, a sophomore, is an anthropology major minoring in theatre arts. Previously, at Fayetteville High School, she played the roles of Sandrine in Almost, Maine and Doo Wop Girl in Little Shop of Horrors.
She has several acting credits at the New Threshold Theatre, including Missy in Luminous; the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; Olive in Nothing Is The End Of The World Except For The End Of The World; and Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo. She also appeared as Chloe in Corporate Ladder at Drew.
Gillian, a sheltered 17-year-old who becomes a murder suspect, displays a “very vivid, creative imagination,” Farrah said. “She likes to use it to mess with people and confuse or frustrate them because she finds it to be amusing. She is a very strange mix of childish and mature, and isn’t afraid to let either side show.”
Kortsarts, a senior, is majoring in theatre arts and pursuing a double minor in psychology and arts administration. She also the tour manager for On a Different Note, Drew’s all-female a capella group.
She has stage managed several Drew performances, including Hamlet and two dance productions. In addition, she has freelanced as a stage manager in Philadelphia; most recently, she stage managed a piece about gun violence that played in the city during the Democratic National Convention.
Belkin, who’s also a senior, is pursuing a major in theatre arts and a dual minor in applied performance and sociology.
The Drew professors contributing to the production are Jim Bazewicz (set designer), Andrew Elliott (sound designer) and Dan LaPenta (stage manager).