New Works Project features plays by students, alumni

Special to HNN from WV Supreme Court Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Department of Theatre will present its 5th annual New Works Project beginning Thursday, June 16, and running through Saturday, June 18.

The New Works Project is a contemporary theatre festival created to help develop, promote and present readings of plays in their earliest stages.  The New Works Project has presented the work of both local and national playwrights. Works presented have included full-length plays, shorts, one-act plays, musicals, children’s plays, screenplays and television pilots.

This season’s schedule is as follows:  

·         Thursday, June 16, at 7  p.m.: The Student Playwright Project

This is a chance to see five brand-new short plays, all written, directed and performed by Marshall University students.  Plays include: Marlboro Man, written by Chuck Herndon; A Last Supper, written by Erik Woods; In Progress, written by Rocky Scarbro; and Burgle, written by Dylan Clark. The featured act of the evening will be Marshall University theatre alumnus Jonathan Joy’s new work, Count Your Blessings.

·         Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m.: The Contemporary Theatre Project

Well, written by Lisa Kron, is a Tony Award nominee that puts an entirely new spin on the art of storytelling. This is a mother-daughter tale recounting the life of the play’s author. Depicting herself as an anxious performance artist, Kron illustrates the struggles of healthy living and, ultimately, “wellness.”

·         Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.: The Musical Theatre Project

Collis P! had its first reading at the premiere season of the New Works Project in 2007.  Now in its final stages of development, this original musical is back.  Collis P! centers around the larger-than-life character of Huntington, W.Va.’s own founding father – Collis P. Huntington.

One of the most important aspects of the New Works Project is its audience collaboration sessions. After each evening’s presentation, audience members are encouraged to stay and give direct feedback to the playwright and company, in order to bring each play one step closer to its full completion. 

Each performance will take place in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on Marshall’s Huntington campus. All shows are free to the public but donations are encouraged in order to support future performances of new works.

For ticket information, contact Sam Kincaid at 304-696-ARTS (2787).

The Marshall University New Works Project is sponsored by Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts.