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Eastern to Present Phoenix New Play Series

Written by Kate Harner

            Willimantic, Conn. - Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will perform the Phoenix New Play Series at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            This year's Phoenix New Play Series features six 10-minute plays written and directed by Eastern students. Luke Reinwald will direct Nathan Rickard's "The Vineyard" and Shane William Kegler's "Almost Home"; Max Loignon will direct Katharine McManus' "Going Out" and Ben Donnel's "Lackey's Mask"; and Jacob Kapustinski will direct Matt Hulten's "The Interview" and Alison Schiller's "My Last Pediatrician."

            "My script is about a couple staying home for a romantic dinner date, but nothing is as it seems," says McManus, who wrote the play in her scriptwriting class, taught by Communication Professor Edmond Chibeau. "My play's main themes are understanding and the need for companionship."

            The Phoenix New Play Series are rehearsed readings of new plays. A question-and-answer period will follow the readings. "The staged readings allow for the playwrights to hear their work out loud and get feedback from the audience, cast and directors," says Kegler, president of Eastern's Drama Society. "This prepares the playwrights for the next stages of the writing process."

Ellen Brodie, professor/director of theatre, has organized this year's series with the help of Kegler.

For more information, contact Eastern's Drama Society at  


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