“New Works, New Voices” Presented by Theater-by-the-Grove

Posted on 10/28/2009 1:53:10 PM

Theater-by-the-Grove, produced by the Department of Theater and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present a collection of four new short plays titled New Works/NewVoices. The show runs November 5–7 and 11–14, 2009, at 8:00 p.m and November 8 at 2:00 p.m on the Waller Hall Main stage of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

What the Audience Said on Opening Night!

The work features Gossip!, a musical written by IUP theater major Joe York; The Embalmer: A Love Story, written by IUP theater major Tyler McPherson; The Noosemaker, written by IUP alumnus John Trevellini; and High on Golgotha, written by IUP alumnus Phillip Keeling. Directiing the production are IUP theater professor Jason Chimonides, with IUP students Hayley Faight, Nick Hrutkay, and Vikki Marcocelli.

When asked why Theater-by-the-Grove chose to do original student and alumni work on the main stage, Chimonides commented, “This is an educational institution where we can nurture our actors and playwrights. Choosing to do New Works/New Voices allows us to give not only our actors, but also our playwrights, an opportunity to receive a level of support on the main stage. Having student work done on this stage offers a chance to have it seen by a greater audience.”

New Works, New VoicesChimonides added, “This is a totally new process—a learning curve. While working, we need to be patient and flexible with each other. What we’re doing is good work. At the end of the day—even when the going gets tough—we need to keep in mind that this is a really important and positive project.”

The plays contain language and situations to which some audience members may object and is not recommended for younger children.

Tickets for New Works/New Voices are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before the performance. Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 with a university I-card. For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us at lively-arts@iup.edu.

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.