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Tuesday, December 28,2010

American College Theater Festival comes to MSU

Productions from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan will be staged

by City Pulse Staff

Michigan State University will start the new
year with a whole lot of new theater.


From Jan. 4-8, MSU hosts the Region
Three presentation of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival,
featuring productions from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Kalamazoo
College, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Michigan-Flint, Indiana State University,
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Miami University.



The Region Three shows will be:




  • “Everywhere
    You Look”
    by Jeffrey Nichols, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • “Alison
    Shields”
    by Joe Tracz, Kalamazoo College

  • One Day in the Season of Rain” by Mohan
    Rakesh; new translation by Aparna Dharwadker and Vinay Dharwadker, Carthage
    College

  • “Almost,
    Maine”
    by John Cariani, University of Wisconsin-Green
    Bay

  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by
    Stephen Adly Guirgis, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • The Drowsy Chaperone,” book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, music
    and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, University of Michigan-Flint

  • “Real
    Girls Can’t Win”
    by Merri Biechler, Indiana State University

  • “My
    Soldiers”
    by Richard Kalinoski, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  • “Art” by Yasmina Reza, Miami University


Three “productions
of note” will also be performed:



  • “Spooky Dog and the
    Teen-Age Gang Mysteries”
    by Eric Pliner
    and Amy Rhodes, Xavier University

  • “Unser
    Zuverl'ssiges Haus”
    by Kiri Palm, Southern
    Illinois University-Carbondale

  • “Wait for It” by John Ray and Derek Dunavent, Sinclair Community College



The shows will be evaluated and scored by a
national selection team made up of Debra Otte of Montclair State University,
Thomas Mitchell of University of Illinois, and Bryan Willis of the Northwest
Playwrights’ Alliance.'Productions that win at the regional level may
travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the national festival, taking place
April 18-23 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Guests at the
KCACTF include Michigan native
S. Epatha
Merkerson (“Law and Order,” HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues”), actor and professor of
theater Clarence Gilyard and Lauren Weedman (“The Daily Show,” HBO’s “Hung”).
For more information on registration, visit http://www.kcactf3.org

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