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'Good Death' preview helps fund student travel

Dec. 17, 2009

KALAMAZOO--In preparation for their upcoming trip to the Region III American College Theatre Festival, Western Michigan University theatre students will present a special preview performance of "Good Death."

The production will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, in Williams Theatre at WMU's Gilmore Theatre Complex. All seating is general admission and there are no advance ticket sales. A $10 suggested donation will help fund the students' Jan. 6-10 trip to the regional festival in Saginaw, Mich., where they will compete for a coveted spot at the Kennedy Center's national festival in April.

"Good Death" is an original collaboration, created entirely by WMU theatre students and members of the acclaimed Tectonic Theater Project. The production explores the hard questions and emotional conflict behind euthanasia, terminal illness, aging, medical ethics and other controversial topics. It is a result of intense research and interviews that were conducted this summer.

The celebrated production originally ran in October. Since then, the cast and creative team have gone back into rehearsal, refining the production in preparation for its competitive debut.

Cast and creative team

Guest artists Leigh Fondakowski and Kelli Simpkins direct the all-student cast, which includes Therese Anderberg, Tori Blade, Jenna D'Angelo, Ethan Hedeen, Darren Johnston, Jasmine Lake, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Adam Pasen, Kenzie Ross, Joe Russell, Chad Sutton, Janai Travis, Max Wardlaw and Frank Williams.

The "Good Death" creative team includes WMU staff member Kate MacKenzie, costume design, and students Ben Bauer, sound design; Kaitlyn Anderson, lighting design; Josh Reid, set design; and Emily R. Cherry, stage management.

Dramaturgs include WMU students Adam Pasen, Justin Garascia, Mikala Hansen and Cait Ryan.

For more information, visit University Theatre online or call (269) 387-3227.

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Media contact: Emily Duguay, (269) 387-3227, emily.duguay@wmich.edu

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