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New Playwrights Festival
To be Held April 28-29
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MAILED: April 14, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's New Playwrights Festival will take place at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, and at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The scripts to be performed were written by students in Dr. Terry Allen's fall playwriting class.
"Each of my 13 students wrote a dozen scenes, a monodrama, a 10-minute play and a one-act play," said Allen, professor of music and theatre arts. "From all that material, we had a selection process where we picked 11 scripts to be produced at the end of April."
The following plays will be performed:
  • "A Place in the World" by senior Megan McGee, Oshkosh. This one-act play relates that some people can love each other every day. But for Jeff and Phoebe, it's one day of every year. The play is directed by senior Jody R. Gross, Gleason, and performed by junior Rolf Bruhn, Waukesha, and senior Catherine Rollman, Appleton.
  • "Par for the Course" by sophomore Aaron Zook, Fall Creek. During this 10-minute play Aggie tries to get his revenge for being thrown in jail by hitting golf balls at the courthouse. The play is directed by junior Rob Susedik, Eau Claire, and performed by 1997 UW-Eau Claire graduate Brad Calli, senior Eric Busse, Omro, and freshman Josh Paffel, Spooner.
  • "Invincible" by senior Ingrid Nordstrom, Wyoming, Minn. This 10-minute play says life on the reservation consists of killing time. But is that a way to live? It will be directed by McGee and performed by community member Tim Hartzel and freshman Dan Wendorf, Horicon.
  • "Prayers Over Fine China" by senior Josh Lind, Eau Claire. This 10-minute play rests on the theme that Sundays are a good time to stop and make sense of the world. It will be directed by 1999 UW-Eau Claire graduate Russell Zook and performed by sophomore Emily McPeck, Clayton, and community member Joshua Neill.
  • "The Mighty Quinn" by senior Tom Gross, Oconomowoc. This monodrama is about a man who finally can move on with his life after the death of a loved one. It is directed by Nordstrom and performed by Aaron Zook.
  • "The Surviving Melon" by senior Katherine Grosskopf, Fall Creek. During this monodrama, audience members will learn if a happy, mysterious angel really is saving Lady's life. It is directed by Tom Gross and performed by junior Kate Weiler, Athens.
  • "Forward Back" by Jody R. Gross. Through this monodrama a young dancer tries to explain his life and his feelings for his father in a last conversation with his mother. It is directed by Grosskopf and performed by Hartzel.
  • "Supermen" by Susedik. In this 10-minute play Jose devotes his time to making others happy. However, someone else ends up paying the price for Jose's good deeds. It is directed by Aaron Zook and performed by sophomores Jordan R. Keller, Wisconsin Dells, and Mauricio Alessandro Urusquieta, North Prairie, and senior Carissa Trumble, Cushing.
  • "Mrs. Huddersham" by Lind. A teacher in her early 50s reminisces about her life choices in this monodrama. It is directed by junior Jessi Else, Rochester, Minn., and performed by senior Sarah Glader, Spring Lake Park, Minn.
  • "Check Mate" by Nordstrom. This short play is not just about a game of chess; it's about Sarah's boyfriend having another chance to control everything. It is directed by McGee and performed by senior Karlina Mahle, Plainview, Minn., and freshmen James Owen, Nelson, and Kale Nelson, Frederic.
  • "A Jaded Simulation" by Else. Sexual tension arises in futuristic flight simulations in this short play. It is directed by community member Tony Duerkop and performed by Urusquieta, sophomore Colleen Giles, Eau Claire, and senior Ben Richgruber, Sparta.
Tickets are available for $2 at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and at the door.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: April 14, 2000