Friday, June 25, 2010

The Tony, the Emmy, the Grammy, and the Arnie...

The Seventh Annual New Play Project closes this Tuesday, January 29th, at 7 PM in the York Arena Theatre in the Gilmore Complex with script-in-hand staged readings of this year's Arnie Johnston Award winning plays.

A wine and cheese reception celebrating the playwrights will immediately follow the hour-long reading. Admission to the reading and reception is free.

Last year in honor of the retirement of our colleague and friend Arnie Johnston, the English Department established an award to celebrate excellence in student playwriting: The Arnie Johnston Undergraduate Playwriting Awards. Two “Arnie’s” are given each year: One to a promising WMU undergraduate to partially fund his or her participation in having a play developed through the New Play Project; and one to a playwright from our five state region (MI, IL, IN, OH, and WI), so the winning playwright can attend a reading of his or her play at the New Play Project and focus attention on the substantial new play work being done at Western. This year’s WMU winner is Kristina House, and the regional winner is Patrick McLean from De Paul University.

Now in its seventh summer, Western Michigan University’s New Play Project has developed and presented over ninety plays to audiences in the York Arena Theatre. Each summer fifteen student-plays are selected for a developmental rehearsal process with a company of actors and directors from the Theatre Department that culminates in a series of script-in-hand productions.

Please join us to celebrate these talented students, see some terrific theatre, and honor and support the playwriting legacy of Arnie Johnston. If you have questions about the evening or the “Arnie” Award please feel free to contact Dr. Steve Feffer at

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