Posting Date: September 23, 2010
KSU will present student-written and directed production
"What's Your Secret" performance inspired by "PostSecret" exhibition
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KENNESAW, GA— The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present "What's Your Secret?" Oct. 5-10 in the Black Box Theater. The performance will feature student-written and student-directed short plays from last year’s New Works and Ideas Festival and is inspired by the spring “PostSecret” exhibition at KSU. “Secrets are inherently dramatic and theatrical,” explains co-coordinator Margaret Baldwin. "A friend of mine gave me a PostSecret book years ago, and I find them very evocative. It seems like each one of them could be its own little play.” With Baldwin, Associate Professor Karen Robinson will also coordinate the event.
In addition to KSU’s own talent, the performance will feature new short works by guest artists Allison Moore and Steve Yockey, two nationally produced playwrights, as well as Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts playwright and director, Michael Haverty. "An Escape," written and directed by Haverty, is “not the typical play with the normal sequence of events, plot development, protagonist and antagonist,” says KSU actress Sara Thornton. “There isn't a single motion, movement or action which exists in this play that isn't symbolic."
Baldwin explains that “The whole point of the New Works and New Ideas Festival is to bring in a number of different works that are at different stages of development. Usually we feature one play that has a reading by a professional playwright, and then we have the 10-minute play festival which is student driven.” Each fall, the department does a call for student submissions, and from these a certain number of them are chosen to be produced.
KSU student Jeanette Matte is directing "For Me, For You," a play written by student Sarah Greene. “I am grateful for the department's integration of student written works into their season. Not only has it given me a way to showcase my work, but it has also given me experience on what it's like for a playwright in any aspect of a production," Greene explains. "There is no greater joy than to hear your own words being spoken onstage and to see the reactions from the audience during the final performance."
As part of the performance, members of the production set a goal to collect 1,000 secrets from the students and audience members, which they will incorporate into the interludes at each night’s performance.
The Tuesday through Saturday performances will take place at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.