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School of Theater presents playwrights' festival

ATHENS, Ohio (May 24, 2005) -- The College of Fine Arts School of Theater presents the 2005 Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights' Festival May 25-28.

The Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights' Festival presents to the public the works of students in the Professional Playwriting Program. This year, the festival offers an opportunity to witness the work of nine diverse playwrights. This cumulative work from the 2004-2005 academic year is in the form of productions, workshops and readings of new plays. After the readings and workshops, audiences are invited to give feedback directly to the writers who then use that feedback to continue to shape and form their work.

Theater professionals from around the country are also in attendance during the festival. These professionals take on the role of mentoring each playwright during the four day festival. They conduct seminars, workshops, and also respond to the work of Ohio University playwrights. This year’s mentors include: Lee Blessing, Drama Desk award winner and Tony & Pulitzer Prize nominee; Sherry Kramer, author of The Wall of Water and NEA grant recipient; and Peter Filichia, theater critic for The Star Ledger and "News 12 New Jersey."

The Playwrights’ Festival provides a unique opportunity to the community by allowing them the equivalent of “a back stage pass” to experience one step in the new play development process, a process which extends from inception to production. A new play challenges all participants (writers, actors, directors and audience), empowering them with the opportunity to contribute to the development of a living play. This year’s living plays deal with a variety of eclectic issues including: fidelity, a war in Antarctica, familial responsibility and community, small town murder, an ice-cave rescue, escape from purgatory, and television’s stereotypes.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, May 25 
2 p.m. - "Bled White" by Laura Jacqmin
8 p.m. - "On the Line" by Melissa Gawlowski (paid performance*)

Thursday, May 26
1 p.m. - "Whatever Happened to Baby Abby?" by Merri Biechler
8 p.m. - "Belly of the Whale" by Mark Witteveen

Friday, May 27
1 p.m. - "Watchdog" by Christopher De Paola
8 p.m. - "Lives of the Saints" by Jean Seitter Cummins

Saturday, May 28
1 p.m. - "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Traci Meister
8 p.m. - "If Condition" by Aaron Carter (paid performance*)

*"On the Line" and "If Condition" are performed in the Hahne Theater
*All other performances are in the Forum Theater (RTV Building) and are free.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director School of Theater Maureen Wagner, (740) 593-9355 or wagnerm@ohio.edu

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