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A man's battle with his memories is the subject of a world-premiere production by Cayuga Community College's Harlequin Productions beginning this weekend.

Jeffrey Wolf's "Drowning the Stream" sees a father fall under attack by good and bad memories tormenting his conscience as he tries to resolve a moment of crisis. The father is portrayed by veteran actor Michael Antico. The nature of the role led Harlequin Director Bob Frame to take the rare step of casting a non-student actor in a Harlequin production.

In a news release, Frame said that acting next to Antico will be an educational experience for Harlequin's student members.

“They’ll be trading lines and playing off someone who has been acting onstage for years and knows the subtleties that come with a great performance,” he said. “Mike has been setting the bar high for our students, and they’re working hard to reach it.”

Frame said he has been holding onto the script of "Drowning the Stream" for years, waiting for the right cast to perform it. Ten Cayuga students have roles and the show, and several more are working as crew members. 

“There are some powerful moments in the script, moments that really have a strong impact. The students are enjoying it and rising to the challenge of this material,” Frame said.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 7-9 and 14-16, in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre at the college, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. In the news release, Wolf said he intends to see the March 15 and March 16 performances.

"It’s an incredible opportunity. It’s amazing to me that Bob remembered the play for such a long time," he said.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for students. 

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