OSWEGO – Paul McKinney, the president the Oswego Players, will direct the comedy,”An Act of God” as the second production of its 80th anniversary season.
McKinney started his involvement with the Oswego Players during his freshman year at SUCO in 1965.
He read for a part in “She Stoops to Conquer” directed by Robert Milam and got the role.
He said he thought he had died and gone to heaven being able to work with the Oswego Players.
Since then, he has been a supporting member of Players.
Work and family has not always allowed him to be active, but over the years he has taken on various roles in productions, worked on sets, attended meetings when he could and last year finally got to direct his first show, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”
He is president of Educational Resources, Inc., a professional development company working with schools across the U.S., helps run Seven Acres Alpaca Farm with his partner of 34 years, Bill Bundy, and writes a regular column for the Valley News.
“An Act of God” begins with the supreme being having decided that the message of the original Ten Commandments has become distorted and outdated, returns to earth in the form of an actor. to roll out a new “improved version.
In this endevor he is aided by the the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.
The Oswego Players’ production of the play features Matt Fleming as God, with Patrick Carmen and Tammy Wilkinson as Michael and Gabriel.
The show is produced in collaboration with Theatre Du Jour.
The play, authored by comedy writer David Javerbaum, had two limited runs on Broadway in 2015 and 2016, and was just recently released for production for local theater companies.
This makes the Oswego Players’ production of An Act of God” one the first in Upstate New York to be granted the royalties to the show by special arrangement with the publisher, Dramatist’s Play Service.
Director Mckinney is assisted by Alex Taylor as stage manager. Production staff also includes light and show designers Tom and Morgan Fazzio. Tammy Wilkinson is the show’s producer.
The show is slated to be performed at the Francis Marion Brown Theater in Oswego on April 28 and May 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices include: student and seniors $9, adults $14.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 315-343-5138 or at www.oswegoplayers.org
New this year, the Oswego Players is also offering a season ticket package available online with prices pro-rated depending on the number of shows remaining in the season.