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Knox College Launches New Plays Festival

GALESBURG -- The Knox College New Plays Festival will feature works written by Knox students, faculty, and alumni in a series of readings and performances from April 12 through May 25.

Initiated this year, the New Plays Festival solicited original works written by Knox students, faculty, and alumni. A total of 13 plays were selected to be performed throughout spring term, in Harbach and Studio theatres in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Some performances will be staged readings, in which the actors may use scripts, while others will be "barestage" or partially staged productions. The final play in the series, "Crash by Sunny Bow Mar Lake" by 2012 Knox graduate Ben Lee, will be presented as a fully staged production, May 23-25.

All performances are free and open to the public.

April 12, 13 - 7:30 p.m. in Studio Theatre
"Henry Moore is Melting" by Jenny Seidelman '99, staged reading directed by Isaac Miller '12.
"Mitch in the Morning" by Joel Pierson '89,  staged reading directed by Jordyn Stewart '13.

April 19, 20 - 7:30 p.m. in Studio Theatre
"Portrait of a Ukulelist" by Becky Gonshak '15, barestage production directed by Holden Meier '16.
"Sips and Drags" by Isaac Miller '12, barestage production directed by Jon Hewelt '13.

April 26, 27 - 7:30 p.m. in Harbach Theatre
"Filthy Hands" by Dan Blask '96, staged reading directed by Connor Schmidt '14.
"A Good Roll" by Oscar Hallas '15, staged reading directed by Becky Gonshak '15.
"On the Day of the Shooting" by Noah Devros '15, staged reading directed by Ivan Keta '13.

May 3, 4 - 7:30 p.m. in Harbach Theatre
"Peloponessus" by Tim Lord '98, staged reading directed by Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre. Summary: Set in southern Illinois and echoing the 30-year conflict between two ancient Greek cities, the play shows the long reach of history when Tom returns to his hometown of New Athens and gets involved with Rachel, a girl from the neighboring town of Sparta. The play is recommended for mature audiences. It contains strong language, and depictions of drug use and theatrical violence. The author, Tim J. Lord received his bachelor's degree from Knox in theatre and English literature. A graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at the university of California at San Diego, Lord lives in New York and works with theatre companies nationwide.

May 9, 10, 11 - 7:30 p.m. in Studio Theatre
"The Mumbling Waitress" by Hali Engelman '13, barestage production directed by Isaac Miller '12.
"Scared Money" by Sherwood Kiraly '72, visiting instructor in English and theatre and writer-in-residence, partially staged production directed by Autumn McGarr '13 and Markie Jo Crismon '14. Summary: The play is a comedy about six characters in search of a hidden item in a college library. Recipient of a Knox Collage Alumni Achievement Award, Kiraly is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. His works include the novel "Diminished Capacity," which was made into a film that featured Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and Virginia Madsen, and was an official selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

May 16, 17, 18 - 7:30 p.m. in Harbach Theatre
"Summer Song" by Jon Hewelt '13, barestage production directed by Kathleen Gullion '14.
"McComb 1964" by Niki Acton '16, partially staged production directed by Emily Antoff '15.

May 23, 24, 25 - 7:30 p.m. in Studio Theatre
"Crash by Sunny Bow Mar Lake" by Ben Lee '12, a fully staged production directed by Elizabeth Carlin Metz, Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts.

Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois. Knox enrolls students from 48 states and U.S. territories and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

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