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Kennedy Center Selects IUP Production

IUP’s production of Violet Sharp has qualified for and will be performed in regional competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II this month.

About twenty-eight students and faculty members from the program will travel to Philadelphia to spend the week representing IUP at the festival.

 “This is the sixth time in seven years that an IUP theater production has been selected for this honor,” said Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “This record of performance is unprecedented in this or any other region across the country. Our Theater and Dance Department has great reason to be proud,” he said.

Violet Sharp was presented in October by IUP Theater by the Grove. The play is about a domestic servant of Charles Lindbergh’s family that is suspected of kidnapping the Lindberghs’ infant son. It was directed by Barbara Blackledge.

Blackledge was awarded a Certificate for Meritorious Achievement for her direction of this production, and theater majors Scott Fetterman, of New Tripoli, and Jessica Sabol, from Morrisdale, each earned a Certificate for Meritorious Achievement from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their work on the production as videographer and dramaturg, respectively.

Dramaturgy is a specialized branch of theater art and involves translating the elements of story to stage. As such, it often involves research, contextualization, and creative composition.

Sabol was chosen by the Kennedy Center Festival national selections team last spring as its number one choice in the dramaturgy category for her work with IUP’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which was selected for the regional competition in 2007.

Only nine productions throughout the region have been invited to perform in their entirety at the festival. More than seventy productions from colleges and universities around the northeast region were entered in this competition.