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Playwrights’ Fest showcases talents of students

Annual festival will allow student writing to shine

The School of Theater's annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights' Festival will be held Thursday, May 27 through Saturday, May 29. The festival features three days of outstanding student work, including two full productions of student-written plays.

Held each year at the end of May, the festival presents a year's worth of work by graduate playwright majors. First-year graduate students present their work in rehearsed seated readings, while second- and third-year students present their work in the form of rehearsed script-in-hand readings or full studio productions.

“Public readings and workshop productions are a vital step in the development of new work for the stage,” said Erik Ramsey, assistant professor of playwriting.

This year’s guest artists include Celise Kalke, director of new play development at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre; OHIO alumna Jeni Mahoney, a playwright and founding artistic director of Seven Devil's Playwrights Conference; and Dennis Zacek, artistic director for the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater.

The performances and readings will each be followed by a discussion with leading playwrights, artistic directors and other nationally known professionals. Audience members are encouraged to stay and participate in these forum discussions.

The festival’s featured productions are Garret Scheider's “The Magician's Apprentice” and David Robinson's “Olympic Village.” All of  the  festival’s shows will run at 8 p.m. May 19 through 28, 2010 at the Hahne Theater at Kantner Hall. Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students with a valid OHIO ID and available at the Kantner Hall box office.

Visit ohioplaywriting.org for the full festival schedule.