Bunbury players premiere new play, “finding home” At Sandy Hill Arts Center

Domestic abuse. Self-preservation coupled with self-discovery. Finding one’s niche when it is no longer viable to call your birth family “home.” These are just some of the themes found in local actor/director/choreographer – and now playwright – Timothy M. Frost’s play, Finding Home.

The Bunbury Players will debut a staged reading of Frost’s original work at the Sandy Hill Arts Center this Saturday.

Founded by Garrett West, the troupe was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a mission to provide accessible and free theatre. BP’s debut productions, The Importance of Being Earnest (October 2020) and Pygmalion (February 2021), were performed virtually over Zoom. This past June, the troupe rehearsed and performed in person, As We Stumble Along, a Broadway-themed cabaret, where audience members had the option to watch in person at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls. The cabaret was also streamed and archived on YouTube.

Cast photo from the 2021 virtual production of George Bernard Shaw’s, “Pygmalion”

Finding Home looks into the nuances and culpability of a family when its patriarch is discovered to be having intimate relations with his wife’s sister. “‘Blood is thicker than water’ is not a philosophy that can be used here as we look into the lives of a family that breaks apart” states Frost.

When asked about the creative process and inspiration behind the show, Frost said, “It was such an experience to write. It started off as each scene was created based on songs that I was listening to. Once I had a large collection of pieces, I then saw the storyline and weaved it all together.”

Featured is a cast that consists of Wayne Bowmanchester, Kathryn Capalbo, Jason Cromie, Leslie Eliashuk, Hasson Harris Wilcher, Gina Kowalski, Jerry Persaud Jr., and Syd Sadowski.

Jerry Persaud, Jr. (senior at Schenectady High School) and Leslie Eliashuk (choral director at Berlin Jr./Sr. High School) rehearse a scene from “Finding Home.”

The cast thoroughly enjoyed working with Frost and praised his collaborative and energized approach to breathing life into his work’s debut. “Timothy has taken the time to listen to ideas about our characters and has incorporated them into the script,” says Kathryn Capalbo. “His life experiences have motivated us as actors.”

The Sandy Hill Arts Center is a newly renovated historic build located in the heart of downtown Hudson Falls. In fact, the 21,000 square foot, five-story building was originally constructed in 1901 as a Masonic Temple and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. After a $2 million rehabilitation, the building opened its doors last fall and currently houses several artist studios, office space for nonprofits, and large event space complete with a stage. The stage is located on the fifth floor and is accessible by elevator. Free parking is available next door at the Strand Theater.

Admission to the staged reading is free, but donations will be accepted. Audience members must be masked and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The performance will also be live-streamed from the troupe’s YouTube channel.

Finding Home premieres on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM at the Sandy Hill Arts Center, 214 Main St, Hudson Falls, NY.

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