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New Voices 2011 - BC Student Playwrights Featured at Robsham Theater Feb. 23-27

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (February 2011)  –  The Boston College Theatre Department and Robsham Theater Arts Center underscore their continued commitment to support “new work” this winter, when they present the second production of the spring semester, New Voices 2011, an evening of original plays by BC student playwrights.

The production—performed in Robsham Theater’s Bonn Studio Theater—features two works: The Missing Piece by senior Riley Madincea and Chase 304 by junior Meghan Crosby. Under the direction of Theatre Department Chair Scott T. Cummings, a Theatre Department associate professor, NV2011 marks the second revival of the original project: Preliminary Stages, which was produced in 1999.

Left to right: Playwrights Meghan Crosby ’12 and Riley Madincea ’11 with Director Scott T. Cummings. Photo by Lee Pellegrini.

"This is a great opportunity not just for student playwrights but for student actors as well to learn about new play development," noted Cummings. "The crucible of rehearsal prompts lots of changes and adjustments in the scripts. It's an exciting process."

The Missing Piece tells the story of an estranged brother and sister who are reunited by their mother's funeral. Their encounter with a mysterious stranger leads each of them to a better understanding of who they are and what really matters in life. Chase 304 is a slice‐of‐life comedy about eight college women hanging out in their dormitory common room late on a Saturday afternoon. The play takes a tender look at campus life from a distinctly female point of view, as the characters deal with homework, social lives and the perplexing questions of love and romance.

"The two plays could not be more different in tone and style," Cummings said. "I think the audience will be pleasantly surprised."

Both Madincea and Crosby are undergraduate theatre majors who are active on campus. Madincea  moved at an early age with his family from Florida to Surrey, England, where he grew up and where his family still resides. The director of My Mother's Fleabag, BC's oldest improv comedy troupe, Riley plans to return to the UK to pursue a career in acting after graduation. Crosby has taken the Theatre Department by storm. The Guilford, Connecticut, native is active in a number of campus cultural groups, including the University Chorale, Liturgy Arts Group and Artists Striving to End Poverty. She will appear in the Theatre Department's spring production of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The New Voices 2011 cast features BC students Courtney Alpaugh ’13, Shannon DeBari ’13, Owen Grover ’12, Hana Hyseni ’13, Maggie Kearnan ’14, Steven Kreager ’12, Phoebe Kuhlman ’13, Thais Menedez ’14, Nicole Trauffer ’13, Mary Vasile ’14  and Sarah Winglass ’14. The production team includes resident Costume Designer Jacqueline Dalley and three guest artists: Cristina Todesco (Scenic Design), Scott Clyve (Lighting Design), and David Wilson (Sound Design).

Following productions in 2005 and 2007, this is the third time that Cummings and the Theatre Department have presented an evening of original student‐written plays under the “New Voices” umbrella. It is part of the Theatre Department's commitment to foster new work by students and faculty. Other projects have included CodeMonkey, a musical comedy by faculty member Luke Jorgensen inspired by the songs of singer/songwriter Jonathan Colton; Ashley's Purpose, a multi‐media ensemble creation about celebrity, violence, and the news conceived and directed by Cummings; and Dreaming Shakespeare, a collage of Shakespeare scenes and songs and dances assembled by faculty member John Houchin.

The production opens Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:30pm and runs through Saturday, February 26, 2011, and Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2pm in the Bonn Studio Theater at the Robsham Theater Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the RTAC Box Office, or by calling 617‐552‐4002. For more information, please go to


Contact: Scott T. Cummings, Boston College Theatre Department,, 617.552.4012