Geva Presents Miracle on South Division Street

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  • Media Contact: Dawn Kellogg Communications Manager

    (585) 420-2059



    A heartfelt and hilarious family comedy by the playwright of Over the Tavern.

    Rochester, N.Y., December 28, 2015 A family comedy by the playwright of Over the Tavern continues the

    2015-2016 ESL Wilson Stage Series as Geva Theatre Center presents Miracle on South Division Street by Tom

    Dudzick and directed by Pamela Hunt in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from January 12 through February 7.

    According to Nowak family legend, there was a miracle on South Division Street sixty years ago when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the familys barbershop on Buffalos East Side. Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. But now, the familys faith is shaken when a deathbed confession threatens to change everything. A heartfelt and hilarious family comedy from the author of Over the Tavern.

    Dubbed Buffalos working-class P.G. Wodehouse by the Buffalo News, Tom Dudzick is the playwright of the

    the Over the Tavern Trilogy, a semi-fictional trio of comedies based on his early life in Buffalo. The first of the

    trilogy, Over the Tavern, was produced by Geva in 2011 and has broken box office records all over the country

    and in Ireland. Hail Mary was Dudzicks next play and premiered at Buffalos Studio Arena Theatre and was

    followed by Dont Talk to the Actors, which received both East and West coast premieres. Miracle on South

    Division Street premiered at the Penguin Repertory Theatre in 2009 and ran Off-Broadway in 2012.

    Toni DiBuono (Broadway productions of The Boys from Syracuse, Wonderful Town and original cast member

    of Forbidden Broadway) returns to Geva following last seasons production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and

    Spike. In Miracle on South Division Street, Ms. DiBuono plays Clara, the Nowak family matriarch. Making their

    Geva Theatre Center debuts are Laura Gragtmans (New York productions of White Embers, October in the

    Chair and Other Fragile Things) as Ruth; Katharine McLeod (New York productions of The Religion Thing,

    Persuasion, Wonder of the World and Dear Harvey) as Beverly and Colin Ryan (Broadways Waiting for Godot

    and No Mans Land) as Jimmy.

  • Miracle on South Division Street is directed by Pamela Hunt (Geva productions of Radio Gals and Five Guys

    Named Moe). The design team includes Bill Clarke (scenic design), Amanda Doherty (costume design), Derek

    Madonia (lighting design) and Dan Roach (sound design).

    The 2015-2016 Wilson Stage Series is sponsored by ESL Federal Credit Union. Miracle on South Division Street

    is produced with support from Lead Co-Producer First Niagara; Co-Producers MVP Health Care and Tasteful

    Connections Catering; and Media Sponsors Legends 102.7 and News10NBC.

    Miracle on South Division Street begins previews on January 12, opens January 16

    and runs through February 7.

    For further information, photographs or to arrange interviews, please contact: Dawn Kellogg, Communications Manager, (585) 420-2059.


    Previews: Tuesday, January 12 @ 7:30pm Wednesday, January 13 @ 7:30pm Thursday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Friday, January 15 @ 8pm Saturday, January 16 @ 2pm (Open Captioned Performance*)

    Opening: Saturday, January 16 @ 8 pm

    Performances: Sunday, January 17 @ 2pm and 7pm Tuesday, January 19 @ 6pm Wednesday, January 20 @ 7:30pm Thursday, January 21 @ 7:30pm (Community Night: Out at Geva) Friday, January 22 @ 8pm Saturday, January 23 @ 4pm and 8:30pm Sunday, January 24 @ 2pm (Sunday Salon) and 7pm Tuesday, January 26 @ 7:30pm Wednesday, January 27 @ 7:30pm Thursday, January 28 @ 7:30pm Friday, January 29 @ 8pm Saturday, January 30 @ 4pm and 8:30pm Sunday, January 31 @ 2pm (Audio Described Performance) and 7pm Tuesday, February 2 @ 7:30pm Wednesday, February 3 @ 2pm and 7:30pm (Open Captioned Performances*) Thursday, February 4 @ 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance) Friday, February 5 @ 8pm Saturday, February 6 @ 4pm and 8:30pm Sunday, February 7 @ 2pm (Sunday Salon)

  • Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $25.

    Reservations: (585) 232-GEVA (4382), Website:

    Location: Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607

    *Open captioning is provided with support from Hearing Loss Association of America Rochester Chapter.

    GEVA THEATRE CENTER Founded in 1972, Geva Theatre Center is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre productions, programs and services of a national standard. As Rochesters leading professional theatre, Geva Theatre Center is the most attended regional theatre in New York State, and one of the 25 most subscribed in the country, serving up to 160,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students.

    The 526-seat Elaine P. Wilson Stage is home to a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics. The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Stage is home to Gevas own series of contemporary drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Gevas New Play Reading Series and the Hornets Nest - an innovative play-reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. In addition, the Fielding Stage hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown.

    Geva Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs, nurturing audiences and artists alike. Since 1995, the organization has been under the artistic direction of Mark Cuddy.



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