SUNY JCC Uncommoners To Open ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ Next Weekend

JAMESTOWN – The SUNY JCC Uncommoners’ production of Pump Boys and Dinettes is set to take the stage next weekend.  

The protection with host performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 19, and 20 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 21 in the Weeks Teleconference Hall, located in the center of the Jamestown Campus’ Katherine Jackson Carnahan Center.  

Conceived and written by John Foley Mark Hardwick Debra Monk Cass Morgan John Schimmel Jim Wann, Pump Boys and Dinettes spotlights L.M., Jackson, Jim, and Eddie, four men who work at a gas station, and two waitresses, sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, who work at the Double Cupp Diner, a dinette located somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, N.C. 

The Uncommoners’ performance of the show was postponed from April 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  

The cast features Skyler Schapp, of Little Valley, as Jim; Derek DeVlieger, of Lakewood, as L.M.; JoAnn Liffner, of Jamestown, as Prudie; Teal Weatherley, of Jamestown, as Rhetta; Adam Hughes, of Jamestown, as Jackson; and Brandon Milanowski, of Salamanca, as Eddie. The production is directed by Adam Owens, with technical direction by Graham Riggle. 

“The last two years have been filled with trials and tribulations for all of us, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about all the beauty and good things in the world,” Owens said. “Come and celebrate the return of live theater at JCC, and let the Pump Boys and Dinettes show you what life is like in their neck of the woods.” 

Pump Boys and Dinettes first appeared at the Colonnades Theatre in New York City on October 1, 1981 and was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Musical and also received nominations for the 1982 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music. 

Tickets $6 for JCC students, $19 for senior citizens and students 18-and-under, $11 for Faculty Student Association faculty and staff, and $19 for the general public. They can be purchased by calling the box office at 716.338.1187 or at the door. 


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