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Aug 03rd, 2022

NAPLES, NY (August 2022)

Bristol Valley Theater, the Finger Lakes' award-winning live professional theater, will continue its 2022 Summer Season with the world premiere of It's a Small World (or The Robot Play).

Written by Amber Palmer, It's a Small World (or The Robot Play) tells the story of Anne (an engineer with some baggage) and Cyrus (a poetry spouting robot who was once a coffee pot) as they hit the highway together on an odyssey from Disney World to Canandaigua in what may be the world's most original road trip. Along the way these two unusual buddies encounter characters animate and inanimate and adventures both whimsical and oddly touching.

Through our New Works Initiative, BVT has committed for many years to bringing new plays to the stage, both with several staged readings and one fully-produced new work every year,” says BVT Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “When we staged a reading of The Robot Play back in the summer of 2019, we knew we had to bring it to life on our stage. The laughs, the poetry, the heart: it has it all!”

The cast features Claire Leyden as Anne, Matthew Coordsen as Cyrus, Christopher Zou as Adam, Zak West as John and Billy, Adriana Spencer as Ruby and Marjorie, and Hope Garland as Erika and Curator. The creative team consists of director Kate Reynolds, scenic designer Tim McMath, lighting designer Christina Watanabe, costume designer Zech Saenz, and sound designer Aaron Harris Woodstein.

Performances run from August 11 - 21 at the theater at 151 S. Main Street in Naples. Performance times are August 11-13 at 8pm, August 14 at 2pm, August 17-18 at 2pm, August 18-20 at 8pm, and August 21 at 2pm.Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $38 for seniors, and $27 for groups of 15 or more. For reservations and further information, call the box office at 585-374-6318 or visit

In compliance with guidance from the CDC, New York State, and Broadway, BVT will require masks for entry to all events.

Bristol Valley Theater's 2022 season continues through September 4 with Amy and the Orphans.

It's a Small World (or the Robot Play) is sponsored by Arbor Hill/Brew and Brats. The 2022 Season Sponsor is Constellation Brands with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts.


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