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Playcrafters’ New Play Festival presented Dec. 1-3

BOONE — The Appalachian State University student organization Playcrafters presents the Annual New Play Festival (NPF) hosted in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre Dec. 1 – 3 at 7:30 p.m. Each night features three original works that have been written, performed, directed and designed by students. Student ticket prices begin at $6 per person, cash only. For more information, visit www.theatre.appstate.edu or call 828-262-3063.

The three pieces chosen for this year’s production are: “The Birthright of Young Werther” by Anneliese Moffitt, which stretches the imagination; “Immortal” by Morgan Stewart, a surprising tale of the struggle for immortality; and “The Wedding Farce” by Victor Rivera, a tale of misunderstandings.

Emma Holland, a junior double major in theatre performance and dance, directs “The Birthright of Young Werther” – a compelling intellectually poetic piece that relies heavily on a chorus to carry its tale. “To some it (death) may come as an old friend, or a sturdy mentor that welcomes us in our journeys,” Holland shared. “To us, it is a dark beauty, one that we can never escape, nor understand, try as we might.”

Carlyn Holland, a senior performance major, is the director for “Immortal” and said it is, “a play about five people who wake up in a room, not knowing who they are, where they are or what they are doing there.” They discover their path as a voice tells them that they have to choose amongst themselves the one who will gain immortality.

Jonathan Green, a senior double major in theatre education and English, is director of “The Wedding Farce.” He explained, “This is a play about a wedding where a few misunderstandings lead to an interesting day full of mishaps, which lead the characters to discover what is truly important.”

Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 12:30-5 p.m., or by phone at 828-262-3063. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $10 for adults. Cash only. More information is available online at www.theatre.appstate.edu.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m. and the Rivers Street parking deck.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed within the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the BS degree in teaching theatre arts and the BA degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship, and service.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Dawn Shepler-Hamilton
Telephone: 828-262-8342
sheplerhamiltonde@appstate.edu