Mount student’s play selected for local festival

July 18, 2017

The cast and writer of Oh, So Charming, left to right: Mount student Danielle Petricca of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Thomas Fallon ‘15, Lily Chimenti of Stony Brook, N.Y., and Alexander Florez ’15.


A short play written by Mount Saint Mary College junior Lily Chimenti of Stony Brook, N.Y. titled Oh, So Charming was selected for reading at the recent Orange County Ten Minute Play Festival, hosted by the Orange County Arts Council.

Chimenti, a nursing major, wrote the play for her Introduction to Theatre course, which she is taking though the Mount’s rigorous Honors Program.

Mount alumni Alexander Florez ’15 and Thomas Fallon ’15, as well as current Mount student Danielle Petricca of New Hyde Park, N.Y., were selected to deliver the dramatic reading.

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. The productions were directed by James Phillips, associate professor of theatre at the college.

Although she is aiming for a profession in healthcare, 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.

“In any profession, the ability to read critically, to write, and to express yourself clearly when speaking will always be a great advantage,” said Dr. David Kennett, Mount Saint Mary College president.