July 23, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
A play written by Lily Chimenti of Stony Brook, N.Y., seen here preforming in Mount Saint Mary College’s production of The Saviour of Venice, was recently selected for a festival hosted by the Orange County Arts Council.
A short play written by Mount Saint Mary College senior Lily Chimenti of Stony Brook, N.Y. titled The Writer's Block was recently selected for reading at the recent Ten Minute Play Festival, hosted by the Orange County Arts Council.
“The Ten Minute Play Festival aims to showcase the voices of Orange County’s playwrights. Including a young, female voice like Lily’s was a thrill for us and the audience,” explained Jamie Sanin, Arts Administrator at the Orange County Arts Council. “Her piece was both funny and relatable to us and her perspective on the creative process was a joy.”
Chimenti, a Nursing major, wrote the play during the Spring 2018 semester as part of her Honors Research/Independent Study course. It was one of six in total that she penned for the rigorous Honors program.
The Writer’s Block tells the story of an artist struggling to find the right words and drawing inspiration from an unexpected friendship. James Phillips – associate professor of Theatre at the Mount – and his wife, Mary Phillips, preformed the play. Their daughter, Langley, read the stage directions.
“To be selected for this event and to have my work out there in the public feels phenomenal,” explained Chimenti. “To be able to contribute to a night that celebrates the arts the way that the Orange County Arts Council does is an absolute privilege, and I am so humbled to have been chosen to participate.”
Chimenti is no stranger to the Mount stage, having performed in several productions, including The Saviour of Venice, The Laramie Project, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Although she is aiming for a profession in health care, Chimenti is able to nurture her passion for theater thanks to the Mount’s liberal arts curriculum. In addition to focusing on one’s chosen major, Mount students can enrich their education with a broad array of knowledge, from fields such as philosophy and language arts to mathematics and the natural sciences. The problem-solving skills, methods of thought, and other critical academic tools learned in these courses can be applied to any field of study.