Feb. 2, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 10

Big Role for BC in Theater Festival

For the first time, the Boston College Theater Department has been invited to present two original student-written plays at the 2006 Region I Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival being held this week in Fitchburg.

The two plays - "Swimming After Dark" by Emily Dendinger '05 and "Zoe" by Richard Lawson '05 - debuted at Robsham last February as part of the "New Voices" series.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is a national organization which promotes the pursuit of excellence and diversity in undergraduate theater around the country, and provides theater students with opportunities to develop advanced skills and professional standards.

Each winter, Region I, one of eight KCACTF regions, holds a four-day festival to celebrate the best in college and university acting, design, playwriting, criticism, and dramaturgy from throughout New England. This year's festival, which is hosted by Fitchburg State College, began on Tuesday and will run until Feb. 5, and along with performances includes workshops, portfolio reviews, new play readings and an acting competition.

BC's theater program has tasted considerable success in the KCACTF national and regional competitions. Last spring, Megan Rulison '06 won the national award for dramaturgy. At the January 2005 regionals, first place awards went to Rulison and Crystal Gomes (costume design), while Dendiger's "Swimming After Dark" was one of two plays selected for a stage reading.

Also at the 2005 regionals, Chris Tocco '06 and Krista D'Agostino '05 were among 14 students cast for an evening of short plays and Class of 2005 members Christine Daley, Jennifer Boarini and Julienne Penza and Dan O'Brien '06 competed in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Award competition, with Daley and Boarini making it to the final round of 16.

Along with the "New Voices" cast and crew, a number of other Theater faculty, students and staff will participate in this year's KCACTF Region I Festival. Assoc. Prof. Crystal Tiala, Adj. Asst. Prof. Jacqueline Dalley and Costume Shop Supervisor Anna Light will lead workshops in design and technical theater. Patricia Noonan '07 will be one of five student-playwrights to have a 10-minute play rehearsed and performed at the festival. Anthony Nunziata '06 will serve as an assistant director on the ten-minute plays.

In addition, several BC-affiliated actors and designers will show their work, and Adj. Asst. Prof. Patricia Riggin will attend in her capacity as a member of the KCACTF National Selection Team, which will issue invitations for the national festival to be held in April.

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