In 1958, Joe Cino opened up a small coffee house in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cino’s original idea was to open a coffee shop that would host music concerts, art exhibits and poetry readings. Soon, however, plays were thrown into the mix, and it is for these plays that Caffe Cino is famous. Rightfully so, many famous people started in this small caf: William Hoffman, Marshall W. Mason, Tom Eyen and even Al Pacino to name a few.
Now 56 years later, the Knox Department of Theatre is recreating the Caffe Cino experience, and you are invited Ñ well, tickets are sold out, but there is always the chance that some guests will not claim their reservations, and then anyone is welcome to take those seats. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 29, students of Knox college will be performing two one-act plays in the Studio Theatre located in the Center for Fine Arts building. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and pastries, which attendees can purchase with cash. The first performance of the night will start at 7:30 p.m. This is the same schedule for the performances on Thursday, Oct. 30; Friday, Oct. 31; Wednesday, Nov. 5; Thursday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 7.
Students involved with the productions have been working hard to create an exciting and authentic experience.
“It’s been quite a journey. It’s been super difficult, but I found [my character], I really did, and I think you guys are gonna like [the show],” said sophomore Tristan Yi of his experience working on Robert Heid’s play “The Bed.”
Sophomore Padraig Sullivan is involved in two productions: “A Funny Walk Home” by Jeff Weiss and “Who Killed My Bald Sister Sophie?” by Tom Eyen.
“My experience with the Caffe Cino project [has been] great. I’ve been involved in this huge project with people I’ve worked with before, people I haven’t worked with before, and it’s going to be fantastic.”
With so much excitement, it doesn’t sound like there could be any better way to spend your Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights these two coming weeks. If you do not already have tickets, there is still a chance that there will be room for you if you arrive at the Studio Theatre early. For more information on which plays will be performed which nights, go to Knox’s event calendar online Ñ names of plays and other information about the event are located there.