Thursday, February 3, 2011

Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Fest

Theatre Kalamazoo! (TK) is proud to announce the first annual New Play Festival February 4-5 at the Epic Theatre in Downtown, Kalamazoo. The festival will feature written work from Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University students in the form of staged readings. Most the member theatres of the TK consortium will each produce a work in the New Play Festival, including Black Arts & Cultural Center, Centre Stage ofComstock, The Civic, Farmers Alley Theatre, Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College, The New Vic, Portage Summer Entertainment Series, and University Theatre of Western Michigan University.

The Festival will begin on Friday with Art Hop and three, 10-minute plays running from 5-7pm. Following Art Hop will be a full-length play beginning at 8pm and another late-night, full-length beginning at 11pm. The Festival will begin on Saturday with a one-act play at 1pm and then all five 10-minute plays at 4pm and finally a full-length play to conclude the festival at 8pm.

WMU English Department alum Ryan Dolley, a playwright and theatre critic for TIMEOUT CHICAGO,will be a special guest respondent to the plays.

The New Play Festival is produced in association with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and is generously supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. Admission to the Festival is FREE of charge, but there is no advance ticketing. The doors will open 20-minutes prior to the performance time. For more information visit .

Friday, February 4
(Three 10-minute plays during Art Hop)
5:30pm-Dearest Beloved by Marissa Rossman
6:30pm-Writer Block by Marianne Stine
7:00pm-Bluff by Mariel Watson

8:00pm-I’ve Got You Now by Noah Hilgert [WMU] (a full-length play followed by a talkback)

11pm-Lemons by Erin Shelton [WMU] (a 20-minute play followed by a talkback)

Saturday, February 5
1:00pm-Rich Soil, by Micealaya Moses [WMU] (a one-act play followed by a talkback)

4:00pm-five 10-minute plays
Dearest Beloved by Marissa Rossman
Writer Block by Marianne Stine
Bluff by Mariel Watson
Southern Bell by Martin Goffeney
The Violin Case by Allie Semperger

8:00pm-Trinity by G. William Zorn [WMU] (a full-length play followed by a talkback)

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