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September 25, 2018

Director Makes Debut At CNY Arts Center


FULTON – The 2017 theatre season continues at the Arts Center with the debut of another new director tackling the challenges of creating live art onstage.

Jessie Dobrzynski joins the directing team at the helm of 12 Angry Men with the production slated to run March 24 – April 2.

Jessie Dobrzynski makes her directorial debut at CNY Arts Center with the opening of 12 Angry Men running March 24 - April 2.

Jessie Dobrzynski makes her directorial debut at CNY Arts Center with the opening of 12 Angry Men running March 24 – April 2.

Dobrzynski is part of the mentoring program at CNY Arts Center which develops theatre artists in a variety of positions including technical and management along with directing.

Dobrzynski  joined the CNY Arts Center as an actress in the 2015 production of Oliver, then became a dance captain (Oliver), a choreographer (Seussical Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr.), and then was asked to be a new director for the 2017 slate by the Directing Committee at the Arts Center.

“12 Angry Men” written by Reginald Rose, examines volatile jury deliberations in the capital murder case of an 18-year-old man accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence.

The play demands strong characterizations in moral dilemma.

“I was thrilled when asked to be a new director at the center and immediately asked if I could choose my show. Everyone in theatre has a few dream shows they strive to one day be a part of; whether it is to act, tech, choreograph, or direct it. While I usually lean towards taking part in musicals, 12 Angry Men has been the singular play that has always stuck with me,” said Dobrzynski. “The script is so focused on each character’s emotions and beliefs that you get to know them in detail without revealing anything of their lives besides their professions. Ultimately, I like seeing the morph of the group, caused initially by one holdout. It gives the message that while each person holds strength and confidence in dealing with certain areas of life, we can always see another side if we just listen to those around us.”

Jessie Dobrzynski shares a moment with Reuby Holsopple in this archival shot from Oliver in 2015 at CNY Arts Center. Dobrzynski makes her  directorial debut at CNY Arts Center with the opening of 12Angry Men.

Jessie Dobrzynski shares a moment with Reuby Holsopple in this archival shot from Oliver in 2015 at CNY Arts Center. Dobrzynski makes her directorial debut at CNY Arts Center with the opening of 12Angry Men.

“While the political route in the story is often analyzed, I gravitated toward the humanitarian side. When staged, there is a refined tension in the 1957 script that draws you in. I’m incredibly excited for my debut and am so glad it could be this show!” she added. “This seemed to be a unique directing experience because I also created the graphics, chose the costumes, and helped design and paint the set. It was incredibly hands-on.”

Dobrzynski is currently the graphic designer and web manager for all programs and events for The Salvation Army throughout New York State.

In 2012, she moved to Syracuse to pursue a career in graphic design and advertising. Since then, she has been the resident creative designer for professional theatres, ad agencies and universities doing graphic design, photography, social media, writing, website design and branding.

12 Angry Men runs March 24 – April 2 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.

The play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing and made possible in part with funds from the decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

CNY Arts Center is located at 11 River Glen Drive on the Cayuga College Fulton Campus.

For more information, tickets and reservations, please visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).

For more information: [email protected]

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