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NOW at Berks theatre festival showcases student work


Penn State Berks' first student-theatre festival titled "NOW at Berks" (New Original Works) runs from April 20 to 24 in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium beginning at 8:00 p.m. each night.

The festival showcases six ten-minute, one-act plays written, performed, and produced by Penn State Berks students. The NOW 2009 faculty producer is Radhica Ganapathy, lecturer in theatre, and the student assistant producer is Danielle Fitzgeorge, a first-year student.

The following is a list of the plays, and the student playwrights and directors for NOW 2009:

  -  Possession, written by Jill Mehlman, sophomore, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management major,
     directed by Savannah Ganster, junior Professional Writing major

  -  A First Encounter, written by Savannah Ganster, directed by Andrew Vitalo, a former student

  -  Cyber Café, written by Katie Derkits, first-year student, directed by Cat Whelan, first-year student

  -  The Present, written by Danielle Moser, first-year student, Communication Arts and Sciences major,
     directed by Devon Floyd, sophomore

  -  A Small Matter, written by Ciera Ganster, first-year student, Communication Arts and Sciences major,
     directed by Lindsey Kurtz, senior, Science major

  -  The Cutter, The Drunk, The Rapist, The Cure, co-written by Melissa Davis, first-year student,
     directed by Courtney Vinson, sophomore, Communication Arts and Sciences major

General admission is $8, faculty, staff, and non-Penn State students with ID-$5, free to Penn State Berks students.

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