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Students Perform Phoenix New Play Series

Written by Tim Talley

Willimantic, Conn. - Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will perform Shorts from the Phoenix New Play Series on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            This year's new play consists of three short plays. The cast includes Ben Donnel, a senior theatre major from Groton; Craig Harlow, a senior theatre major from East Haven; Sarah Dillon, a junior theatre major from Putnam; Gia Kilbrith, a senior psychology major from Cold Spring Harbor, NY; Kate Harner, an junior English major from Oxford; Matthew Pryke, a sophomore from East Lyme; Kelsey Guggenheim, a freshman theatre major from Stratford; and Katrina Clark, a senior biology major from Willimantic.

            The first play, "Deck Chairs," is written by Bill Arnold and directed by Eastern alumnus Scott Kegler '06. The play is an absurdist comedy that takes place on the Titanic as it is sinking.

            The second play, "Anti-First Amendment Misinterpretation Collaboration League," is written by Alison Schiller and directed by Kegler. This play is about a young man trying to court a woman from a very religious family. He goes to dinner to try to impress her parents and win her over, but the night has disastrous results.

            The third play, "A/B Conversation," is written by Nicole Panteleakos and directed by Luke Reinwald, a senior theatre major from Branford. The play focuses on two women talking about their relationship, and one of them is more in love with the other, who is sarcastic and talks down to her lover.

            The Phoenix New Play Series are rehearsed readings of new plays. Ellen Brodie, professor/director of theatre, has organized this year's series with the help of Shane Kegler, a senior theatre major from Mansfield Center and president of Eastern's Drama Society.

            For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or


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