Posting Date: March 3, 2011

Kennesaw State presents New Works and Ideas Festival
Event features new play readings and student work

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KENNESAW, Ga.— The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present the forth annual New Works and Ideas Festival March 22-26. The festival will introduce readings of new plays to the public as well as showcase student work.

“Waxing West,” a nonlinear comedy about immigration and American identity by Romanian-born playwright Savania Stanescu, will be read on March 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Stanescu's work ties in with the Year of Romania at KSU and examines political uprising, independence and relationships between children and parents.

“Dark Forest,” an adaptation of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm by John Gentile, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, will be presented in a workshop reading on March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. The play is scheduled to be presented in a fully staged production next fall at KSU and will be co-directed by Gentile and Henry Hylan Scott, whose last collaboration was "Moby-Dick," which went on to win the "Best Performance" award at the Casablanca Theatre Festival.

The New Works and Ideas Festival also receives entries from students throughout the university and will be producing nine of them in 10-minute plays. The theme this year is bloodsucking, but it’s not all about vampires. “Our culture is kind of overwhelmed with vampire stories and these plays have a very different take on it,” says Dean Adams, associate professor and coordinator of the event. “The theme is much more connected to human behavior than human fantasy.” Those who entered were encouraged to write about subjects such as bloodsucking bosses or relationships rather than vampires.

The student performances will be on March 26 in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater at 8 p.m. Admission to the student plays is free, and Adams encourages students to attend. “I hope that in addition to being entertained people will find a connection with the characters on the stage and will reflect on their own actions and their own way of thinking.”

Tickets for “Waxing West” and “Dark Forest” are $5. To purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office.

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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.


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