Marywood Theatre Ensemble Chosen for KCACTF

Two Production Scenes Chosen for Regional Festival

Barbara Blackledge, M.F.A., Associate Professor, and a Respondent for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region II, has informed the Marywood University Community that two scenes from recent productions have been selected for performance at the upcoming KCACTF Region II Festival in January.

Following the Sette-LaVerghetta Main Stage performance of Proof, a scene was selected based on the recommendation of two visiting KCACTF Respondents. Impressed overall with the production, and also as a first-time entrant for consideration, the committee chose a scene involving three Marywood students, Catherine Carter (Catherine), Travis Murray (Hal), and Sophie Pauline (Claire). Proof, written by David Auburn is the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness.

The second scene selected is from the MTD Theatre Ensemble's Acting Showcase performance of Almost, Maine. The play is composed of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical place called Almost, Maine. At this point, two separate scenes are being considered. An announcement will be made in the next few weeks as too which will be performed. Both scenes are performed by Shane Hirschler and Gina Solebello.

It is important to note that all of the scenes invited include the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominees from each production. All five student-actors are under consideration.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival was Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

This years Regional Festival is being held at Towson University in Towson, Maryland from January 12-16, 2013. Regional Festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Regional festival productions are judged by a panel of three judges selected by the Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee. These judges in consultation with the Artistic Director select four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions to be showcased in the spring at the annual noncompetitive national festival at the Kennedy Center.

The keynote speaker for the festival is John Glover. Mr. Glover has been seen in four of Terrence McNally's plays: Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award), Some Men (Barrymore nomination), and The Lisbon Traviata (Helen Hayes nomination). He played Uncle Ben in the Mike Nichol's production of Death of a Salesman. Other New York appearances include: Waiting for Godot (Tony nomination), The Royal Family, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortell, and Dramaleague nominations), Secrets of the Trade, and Sorrows and Rejoicings. TV appearances include: An Early Frost; Nutcracker-Murder, Money and Madness; Brimstone; and Smallville.

Mr. Glover has garnered five Emmy nominations, and he has appeared in over 35 films including: Payback, Batman and Robin, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Gremlins 2, Scrooged, The Chocolate War, 52 Pick-Up, White Nights, Melvin and Howard, Annie Hall, and Julia.

Marywood University, in addition to having two invited scenes, will also be sending approximately fourteen of our Theatre Program students to attend, and work through, the entire five-day festival. This is an exciting opportunity, and wonderful theatrical experience for our majors, and minors. The entire Marywood Community wishes them well during their experience at the KCACTF, Region II Festival.