SUNY Delhi College Players Present Locally-Authored "Hot Gilly Mo"

DELHI, NY (11/08/2016)(readMedia)-- The SUNY Delhi College Players are proud to present "Hot Gilly Mo," in The Okun Theatre in the college's Farrell Student and Community Center on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m.

"Hot Gilly Mo" is a three-act drama about a unique group of migrant workers and their struggle. The action takes place in a small town in Missouri during the early seventies. "Hot Gilly Mo" is an old southern expression of happiness and relief.

"I'm very proud of how the students have stepped out of their comfort zones to portray the wide range of characters who appear in this play," said Kelly Keck, College Players advisor. "It may be generational, but I find it amazing that the students are able to easily empathize with the characters no matter the character's socio-economic or racial status." Keck added that a third of the actors who appear in the play are first-year students.

David F. "Pops" Martin and Gayther Myers co-authored the piece, which was written in the late 80's and ran off-Broadway at the Academy of Theatre Arts (ATA) for two weeks. Martin and Gayther met at the Brooklyn Public Library while Gayther was working as a librarian. They began collaborating on screenplays and a novel entitled Salt Breaker during the early 70's.

Martin has been teaching boxing at SUNY Delhi for two decades. He received a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Claflin University in Orangebury, S.C. His love for performance arts, combined with his love of boxing, may seem like an unlikely pairing, but Sugar Ray Robinson is an idol who motivated Martin to be both a boxer and a poet.

Gayther graduated from Yale with a master's degree in Fine Arts and has taught drama courses at SUNY Purchase.

This event is free and open to the public. Following the Sunday matinee, there will be a reception in Farrell Center outside The Okun Theatre.

For more information, contact Kelly Keck at 607-746-4674 or email