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 SRU spotlights student, faculty, alumni playwrights in 'Brave New Plays' 



April 15, 2010

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU spotlights student, faculty, alumni playwrights in 'Brave New Plays' 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -  "Brave New Plays," a compilation of newly written plays by Slippery Rock University students, alumni and faculty, including David Skeele's "Deepchurch Hollow" slated for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, will be staged April 20-25 in Miller Auditorium.

           SRU faculty and students will direct the productions.

           Skeele will use the upcoming on-campus production to make final revisions to his "Deepchurch Hollow" before taking the show on the road this summer as part of the Scotland festival. The play revolves around a mental patient, a ghost hunter and a reincarnated spirit from the Civil War era.

           SRU has been selected to present works at the festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 2006. The festival includes more than 400 theatre companies that perform throughout the Edinburgh area before an audience estimated at 1.3 million.

        The SRU playwrights, directors, designers and actors collaborated for the week's worth of plays that include:

      "Sodden," the story of Andrea Yates, Rusty Yates and their children, and "Sand Dune Hangovers," a work based on baseball players and their manager interacting on the pitchers mound, both written by Zachary David Nading of East Brady;

      "Dabbling," a young man's contemplation of his sexuality, written by J. Jon David of Mercer;

      "AFK," the story of a breakup attempt between two World of Warcraft enthusiasts, written by Brittany Harry of Edinburg;

      "The Love of a Mother," in which two female inmates discuss their pasts and futures, and "No Different," about how two young boys find friendship through graffiti and the loss of their mothers, both written by Amy Sutton of New Kensington; 

      "Leaves," a monologue by a young woman who loses her lover, written by Sara Hancharik of Hilliards;

      " A Fine Tuned Killing Machine," a monologue performed by a young boy speaking to the monsters under his bed, and "Side Kick," about a super hero realizing his flaws, both written by David Rueda of Gibsonia; and 

      "The Cat," a play about the daily interactions of a family, was written by Matt McNear, a 2008 SRU graduate from Beaver.

           Student and faculty directors involved in the productions include: Skeele, Laura Smiley, assistant professor of theatre, Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre, Stacie Marie O'Hara of St. Mary's, Dan Cummins of Pittsburgh, Krista Vogler of Hudson, N.H., Maya Ogasawara of Saitama, Japan, Alex Hollock and Matt Buzanoski, both of Butler, Alexis Stanford of Philadelphia and Garret Dush of Brookville.

Acting in this festival are: Adam Harry of Cleveland, Ohio, Megan Nye of Utica, Jackie Freeman of Geneva, Ohio, Jen Reeher of New Castle, Nyomin Buhler of Slippery Rock, Brian Devine, Alexi Stanford and Ashley Clement, all of Philadelphia, Anthony Christe of Somerset, Amanda Tarr of Lower Burrell, Katie Makufka of St. Mary's, Alyssa Houk of New Castle, Kitt Anderson of Bridgeton, N.J., Nicholas Kreiser of Waynesboro, J. Jon David of Grove City, Eddie Pasqualin of Sterling, Va., Arielle Eiger-McFartlin of Boston, Mass., Emily Kantner of Bernville, Matthew Palla of Greenville, Ethan Rochow of West Middlesex, Thomasina Mike of Edinburg, Kevin Moore of Aliquippa, Justin Sheetz of Kutztown, Alex McGee of Shaler, Alex Hollock of Butler, Jenna Panza of Gibsonia, Jessica Kowach of Hopewell, and Nading, Dush, Cummins and Hikosaka.

The production staff includes: Michael Boone, SRU technical director, is the scenic designer and technical director; Nikki Thomas of Tyrone and Cummins are scenic designers; Stacie O'Hara is lighting designer; Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theatre, Kelly Myers of Natrona Heights and Ogasawara are costume designers; Ronnie Nocera of New Castle, Charlene Jacka of Oakmont and Ogasawara are sound designers; Nye is props mistress; Neen Carmichael of Erie and Vogler, are stage managers; and Frank Hammond and Nye are assistant stage managers.

           The production runs April 20-25 with curtains at 8 p.m. April 20-24 and 2 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for SRU students. Tickets may be purchased from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Miller Auditorium Box Office, or during regular business hours at the University Union Information Desk, or by calling 724.738.2645.


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