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 SRU Theater Department to Host 3-Night Theater Festival 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A three-night theater festival offering nine, 10-minute, student-written plays touching on death, love triangles, family issues, homosexuality, male friendship, politics and other everyday facets of life, a night of student-written, one-person monologues and a production of Dr. David Skeele’s “Dark North” are being planned for May 2-4 at Slippery Rock University.

     The Brave New Plays Festival, coordinated by Jeff Feola of New Castle, is set for the Sheely Theater in the Maltby Center.

     The works are the result of Skeele’s playwriting class and Laura Smiley’s directing class. Skeele and Smiley are both members of the SRU theater department faculty.

      The 10-minute works will be offered at 8 p.m. on the festival’s opening night, with the second night, billed as “Flying Solo: A Night of One-Person Shows” featuring monologues written and directed by SRU students.

      The final night, set for 9 p.m., offers Skeele’s original work which deals with supernatural horror offering the audience “edge of your seat” story of a family’s curse. Proceeds from the play’s performance will be used to help fund a cast trip to the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh Scotland in August. 

      The opening night playwrights, hometowns and plays are:

      Jon Dobis  Zelienople  The Anchor and the Sea

      Marquita HefflinPittsburgh  Triangle

      Marilen Ilagan   Mount Pleasant    Little Piggy

      Nick Ciesielski  BridgevillePrivate Love

      Shannon Bono     Greenville  Time is Up

      Patricia Palmateer     Beaver Falls      Talking Heads

      Shari Mastalski  Butler      Justice

      Jeff FeolaNew Castle  Low Tide

      Dr. David Skeele       Regular Twilight             

      PN, PGN, WPN, PR




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