Student Playwrights Festival Kicks Off Wednesday With Free Readings

Office of Communications | February 20, 2013
Actor/playwright Rick Chason and playwright Steeve Joazard in rehearsal for Joazard's Surprised.

Actor/playwright Rick Chason and playwright Steeve Joazard in rehearsal for Joazard's Surprised.

Fully Produced Student Plays to be Staged March 6-9

The Performing Arts Department kicks off its inaugural Student Playwrights Festival today with free staged readings of four plays written by UMass Boston students.

The staged readings, each less than 20 minutes long, will be held today and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the McCormack Theatre, located on the second floor of McCormack Hall:

  • SidMarie Arroyo’s Beams of Light, which looks at the impact of the shootings of four young women
  • Rick Chason’s This is Not a Play, a mindbender that may or may not be what it seems
  • Thomas Cosgrove’s Wishful Thinking, about gravediggers trying to fix a mistake
  • Cat Roberts’s Plastic Knives, about two strippers who realize what they have in common

Admission to the readings is free.

The festival continues March 6-9 with fully produced presentations of four more short plays, also in the McCormack Theatre:

  • O’Rama Antoine’s Bloom, about the secret of a young woman who claims to be a murderer
  • John Burns’ Four Tuxes and Limo, about three friends who console a buddy left at the altar
  • Steeve Joazard’s Surprised, about a Rhode Island family who has to confront their prejudices when their daughter’s boyfriend comes to dinner
  • Luis Turbides’ The Old Metronome, about a war veteran in search of a family heirloom that has ended up in an antique shop

These four plays will be performed March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., March 8 at 8 p.m., and March 9 at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for UMass Boston students and senior citizens, and $15 for the general public. For reservations, email Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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