Professor stars in off-Broadway play this weekend

Suny New Paltz web portraits.Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Connie Rotunda is the star of a new theatrical collaboration, “Daughter of the Waves,” which had its world premiere last weekend during the Theater of the New City’s 2014 Dream Up Festival. The show runs through this Saturday, Sept. 6, in New York City.

According to a prepared statement, Rotunda will be starring alongside Andhy Mendez of the TV series “Orange is the New Black,” Sophia Parra of the TV series “House of Cards,” and Jay Goldenburg, acting coach to Hollywood stars like Salma Hayek and Jared Leto.

“Daughter of the Waves,” by Eileen Connolly, stars Rotunda as Bryne, a family circus owner and World War II refugee in 1941 Ireland. Theater reviewer Howard Miller of called Rotunda’s performance “splendidly acted.”

Rotunda has created and performed shows both regionally and off-Broadway, and currently works as an actor and movement director with Wallis Knot, an experimental theatre company in New York City, as well as a rogue artist with the Anthropologists investigative theater group. At SUNY New Paltz, Rotunda teaches Movement and Acting in the Theatre Arts Department.

“Daughter of the Waves” shows at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit the show’s website or read the press release from