July 20, 2006
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SRU THEATER TROUPE TO PRESENT PLAY IN
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– Slippery Rock University students will present seven
productions of “Dark North,” a play written by SRU
theater Professor David Skeele, at the 60th Edinburgh [Scotland]
Festival Fringe, the largest international arts festival in the
actors and seven student technicians will produce the play Aug.
5-12. The monthlong festival includes 400 theater companies from
around world performing in the Edinburgh area, with an expected
audience of 1.3 million, according to the festival Web
participate, theater companies must find a Scottish sponsor that
believes the theater company offers an interesting production with
broad appeal, said SRU’s Gordon Phetteplace, associate
professor of theater and department chair.
Paul’s Church Hall in Edinburgh agreed to sponsor SRU after
Laura Smiley, assistant professor of theater, visited last summer
to discuss sponsorship. The play, directed by Smiley, will be
performed in the church.
in theater circles knows this festival,” Phetteplace said.
“It’s a great experience. It gives students the
opportunity to experience another culture, produce a show in a
once-in-a lifetime venue, and it will provide a job boost when they
receive three credit hours for the experience, which counts as a
"Dark North," a
horror story, involves the fictional TV medium Daniel Dark North
who discovers he can talk to dead people. “I like it because
we don't use a lot of special effects; it's what the other people
on stage are experiencing," Skeele said.
participating: Mark Blackstock of Monroeville; Braden Blauser of
Parker; Stephanie Brauner of Palm; Deanna Brookens of Slippery
Rock; Katie Erskine of Tarentum, Jeffrey Feola of New Castle; Randi
Gartner of Pulaski; Lydia Giese and Rikki Stupka, both of Butler;
Casey Hughes of Roseland, N.J.; Kelly Mcbane of McKees Rocks;
Matthew McNear of Beaver; Nicholas Quinn of Pittsburgh, and Bethany
Vahabzadeh of Pittsburgh.
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