Media Alert

For Immediate Release — Friday, November 18, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Shear Madness Director Bruce Jordan '66 to Mingle with SUNY Geneseo Alumni After Sunday's Performance at Geva Theatre Center

GENESEO, N.Y. — Bruce Jordan, the co-producer and director of Shear Madness and a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, will mingle with Geneseo alumni after Sunday's matinee at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester.

Jordan, a member of Geneseo's class of 1966, will have two homecomings of sorts during his time here directing America's favorite comedy. In addition to his college roots that tie him to the region, Jordan also was a member of Geva's original acting company in the early 1970s. After performing the show here, Jordan and his fellow actor Marilyn Abrams bought the rights to Whodunit and transformed it into their unique show, now called Shear Madness, which is set in each city it plays.

The show has been seen by more than six million people and is one of the longest running non-musical plays in American theatre history. It is in its 26th year at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, its 19th year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and its 18th year at the Mayfair Theatre in Chicago.

Jordan will mingle with fellow Geneseo alumni after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 20. The reception is expected to begin around 4 p.m. The media are welcome to attend this event, where they will have the opportunity to talk with Jordan as his play becomes the most talked-about event in town. In addition, the media are welcome to film a portion of the performance. Geva Theatre Center officials have notified the actors and staff to welcome cameras into the theater during the performance.

During the reception, Jordan will be inducted into the Geneseo Foundation's Heritage Society, said Debbie Hill '75, executive director of alumni and parent relations for Geneseo.

Shear Madness, which opened Tuesday on the Mainstage at Geva, has sold more pre-sale tickets than any non-musical performance in the history of Geva, said Bob Russell, director of marketing for the theater. It has proved so popular, in fact, that Geva already has extended performances of the play through Dec. 31.

In the show, world famous musician Isabel Czerny learns that living above the Shear Madness hair salon on Park Avenue can be murder. The concert pianist meets her untimely demise, and everyone on stage has a reason to do her in. The audience decides who's guilty and who's not in this hilarious comedy-mystery that's different every night!

Geva Theatre Center is located at 75 Woodbury Blvd. in downtown Rochester. For more information about the play, go to

Coincidentally, another Geneseo alumnus, Lucas Papaelias '98, will be involved with a Geva production on Sunday. Papaelias is doing a reading of Hickory Dickory at 4 p.m. Sunday on the Nextstage as part of Geva's Hibernatus Interruptus Festival of New Plays. Papaelias, who starred in Lobby Hero on the Nextstage in the 2002-03 season, also appeared in the movie "School of Rock."

The media may contact Patty Hamilton-Rodgers, associate director of alumni and parent relations, on her mobile at (585) 261-0061 the day of the performance prior to and after the show.