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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 27, 2007

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Reid Edelman (707) 468-3172
Ross Beck, Director of Public Information & Marketing
T: 707-468-3012, Fax: 707-468-3008, Email: rbeck@mendocino.edu

File: NR-New Play Fest 07
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WHAT: 5th Annual New Play Festival Auditions
Eight short plays written by local playwrights.

WHO: Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department & Theatre Club

WHEN: Auditions April 9, 6-9:30 PM


WHERE: MENDOCINO COLLEGE, Little Theatre, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.

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Mendocino College Announces Auditions for Eight New Plays


Ukiah, CA – The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will hold auditions for the eight new plays that have been selected to be produced this spring in the Fifth Annual Festival of New Plays.

The eight plays, each with an approximate running time of ten minutes, will be directed by student directors under the guidance of theatre professor Reid Edelman and writing professor Jody Gehrman.

Reid Edelman and Jody GehrmanAfter putting out a call to the community, Edelman and Gehrman received over seventy original scripts from local writers. Some were students in the college’s English and theatre classes, and some were writers in the area who decided to submit their work. “We’re extremely pleased,” says Gehrman. “Once again, the entries were wonderful—the quality of the submissions seems to be getting better and better each year! Deciding which ones to produce was extraordinarily difficult.”

The selected plays include: “5000 Cigarettes” by Max Oken (directed by Sarah Walker), “How To Pick a Winner” by Paul Kubin (directed by Jim Williams), “Landscape Post-Modern” by Andrea J. Onstad (directed by Margie Loesch), “Oh Baby!” by Natasha Yim (directed by Jonathan Whipple), “Pissing on Your Shoes” by Bill Walls (directed by Chris Dill), “MU” by Frank Bari (directed by William French, Jr.), “No Matter What,” by Corinna Rogers (directed by Joel Shura), and “The Space Between Us” by Keith Aisner (directed by KC Dill).

According to Edelman, “This annual festival of new plays has become a highlight of the college theatre season.” In recent years, the festival has played to sold out audiences. “I think the public will really enjoy these performances, but even more importantly, the collaboration between directors, actors and playwrights provides an invaluable learning experience for everyone,” says Gehrman.

Open auditions for all seven plays will be held Monday April 9 from 6-9:30 PM in the Little Theater on the Mendocino College campus. All interested actors should arrive at 6 PM and plan on staying until the auditions end at 9:30 PM. The auditions will involve reading short scenes from the selected plays. No preparation or experience is required for the auditions; however, scripts for the new plays are on reserve in the college library for those who wish to read them before auditioning. Performances are scheduled for May 18 and 19 at 8 PM. For more information, please contact Reid Edelman, 468-3172 or redelman@mendocino.edu.

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Created: March 27, 2007 @ 11:13 AM
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