Siena College’s Creative Arts Department, in collaboration with Historic Cherry Hill and the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York present an original play by Megan Stuart ’22 and Emily Furlong ’21, directed by Jean-Remy Monnay.

Tell Me That You’ll Not Forget Me paints a detailed portrait of African American life in Albany in the 19th century through the lens of the Knapp and Van Rensselaer families at Historic Cherry Hill. The play was written as part of Siena’s Living Museum Project, and was crafted by the playwrights using the extensive letters, artifacts, and documents from the archive at Cherry Hill.

As a part of the continuation of Siena’s Living Museum Project collaboration with Historic Cherry Hill, the production is entirely designed and managed by students for summer scholars 2022. The student production team includes: Arthur Paschoal Dimenstein ‘26 as stage manager, Ernie Briskey ’24 as assistant stage manager and student producer, Hannah Alsaadi ’26 as costume designer, hair, makeup, and student producer, Isabella McClave ’24 on props and wardrobe, Jack Ellis ‘24 as set designer and lighting assistant, Jaime Cochran ‘26 as sound and lighting designer, and Fortune Iheanetu ’26 as dramaturg.

The show opens Friday June 17 and runs until Sunday June 26 in the Beaudoin Theatre in Foy Hall at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Director Jean-Remy Monnay states “This is about a piece of history that is important to tell the story of and showcase the people who made the path for Black people to get to the point they are now.”

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