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Show about parental loss coming to Mount Vernon

August 14, 2013

“A Little More Than You Wanted to Spend,” Chris Clavelli’s heart-warming one-man play about parental loss, is coming to the First Street Community Theatre in Mount Vernon at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 for one performance only.

A one-night-only performance of "A Little More Than You Wanted to Spend,”  Chris Clavelli's comedy about parental loss, is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the First Street Community Theatre in Mount Vernon.

A one-night-only performance of “A Little More Than You Wanted to Spend,”
Chris Clavelli’s comedy about parental loss, is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the First Street Community Theatre in Mount Vernon.

Fresh off a New York City run, the show garnered extraordinary press and commercial success. In “A Little More Than You Wanted to Spend,” Clavelli, a New York-based actor and director, tries to make sense of the sudden death of his 6-year-old son, an event that occurred 10 years ago.  With blunt honesty and openness, Clavelli describes the harrowing, funny, and ultimately life-changing process he underwent to cope with and grow from the experience.

Clavelli developed the play in workshops at the Off Square Theatre Company in Wyoming, and at The Bricolage Theatre in Pittsburgh.

This one night only performance is sponsored by the Cornell College Department of Theatre, the Student Theatre Council, and the lectures, artists, and cultural events committee at Cornell, with additional support from Trude Jo and Rick Elliott.

Clavelli made his Off-Broadway debut in the original production of David Ives’ “All in the Timing.” An associate artistic director of The Florida Repertory Theatre and a faculty member of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and The Cooper Union Connect Program, he acts and directs in New York and at regional theaters across the country.  He won a Carbonell Award for his lead performance in “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at the Florida Shakespeare Festival, a Barrymore Award for “Sideman” at the Philadelphia Theatre Companies, and he was nominated for the Alan Schneider Direction Award.

The play is being produced by The New Dog Theatre Company led by artistic director and founder, Dean Grey.

John Hickok, director, directed the Olivier-nominated world premiere of “Burning Blue,” as well as its L.A., San Francisco, and New York premieres. His extensive acting resume includes Broadway (“Parade,” “Aida,” “Little Women”), Off-Broadway, and regional.

The show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Theatre Department Chair Jim VanValen or visit the play’s website.

For more information, please contact Cornell's Director of Media Relations

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