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Readers theatre performances showcase student plays

Nov. 29, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Three readers theatre presentations at Western Michigan University mark the end of fall semester for students in the Department of English playwriting program.

All three performances--one Dec. 2 and two Dec. 6--are free and open to the public and take place on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. Performers include both playwrights and WMU theatre students.

The first presentation begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and highlights short scenes, dialogues and one-page plays from guest instructor Bethany Gauthier's playwriting course. The lineup includes new works by student playwrights Darin Bluhm, Adam Briggs, Katie Dickinson, Jason Leverett, Cyndie Lutzke, Dan Malley, Laicey Parent, Zay Weaver and Zack Webb.

Works from the advanced playwriting course taught by Steve Feffer, assistant professor of English, and by Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, are featured at the 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, performance. It includes writing by Nik Blahunka, Kevin Drzakowski, C.C. Flagg, Nick Gauthier, Charles Graski, Lana Hubbard, Johanna Kelly, Jill Marcusse and Ron Riekki.

The final performance begins at 7 p.m. Monday and focuses on student works from the playwriting workshop directed by guest instructor Suprotik Stotz-Gosh. Included are pieces by Kara Dunn, Ryan Kalin, James Kruska, Michael Nagle, Justin Spooner and Paul Zurek.

Numerous plays from WMU's playwriting program, particularly those showcased at past end-of-semester readings, have won productions and awards at theatres in and beyond Southwest Michigan.

Refreshments will be offered at all three performances. For further information, please call the Department of English at (269) 387-2572 or Arnie Johnston at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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