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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 3, 2007

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NR-New Plays 2007

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WHAT:    5th Annual New Play Festival
             Eight short plays written by local playwrights.

WHO:    Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department & Theatre Club

WHEN:    May 18 & 19, 8 PM; all tickets $5.

WHERE:    MENDOCINO COLLEGE, Little Theatre1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.

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5th Annual Festival of New Plays

The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will present the Fifth Annual Festival of New Plays on Friday and Saturday May 18 and 19 at 8 PM in the college’s Little Theatre, room 710 on the Ukiah campus.

The festival features eight new plays by local playwrights.  Each play is approximately ten minutes long and will be presented at both performances. Many of the plays were developed in English professor Jody Gehrman’s writing classes.  Gehrman has also served as the production’s dramaturge.

The plays have been directed by Mendocino College directing students under the guidance of theatre professor Reid Edelman. The short plays cover a range of topics and performance styles.  According to Edelman, “this annual festival is one of the college theatre program’s most exciting projects.”

Max Oken’s “5000 Cigarettes” starts as a satiric ode to the romance of cigarette smoking, and develops into a powerful eulogy for tobacco’s trail of death.   Sarah Walker directs this surprisingly theatrical response to the allure of the Marlboro man.  

Corinna Roger’s “No Matter What” examines the struggle of two seemingly open-minded and progressive parents as they deal with their suspicion that their daughter is a lesbian.  This charming play ends with a delightful twist.  Joel Shura is the director.
     
In Frank Bari’s “MU,” a man is placed on trial for an unspecified crime of which he has no knowledge.  The play, directed by William French, Jr. is both haunting and comedic.  

Published local children’s author Natasha Yim penned “Oh, Baby!”  In this comedy of mistaken identity, directed by Jonathan Whipple, three very different couples meet in a childbirth preparation class. When one of the women commences her labor during the class, the play spirals into some very funny directions. Yim based this play on a real life experience!

Bill Walls’ “Pissing on Your Shoes,” directed by Chris Dill, explores the relationship of a grown son and his mentally failing father.  The play confronts a serious issue with great humor and humanity.  This piece features veteran actors Doug Hundley and Jason Davis in two very challenging acting roles.

 “Landscape Postmodern” is an absurdist take on the welfare system and the plight of the working poor. This bizarre play by published author Andrea J. Onstad, a Willits resident who also teaches writing in Missouri, is both disturbing and hilarious. Margie Loesch is the director.

In Paul Kubin’s “How To Pick A Winner,” Celia and her infertile husband Lou agonize over the selection of a sperm donor for their future child.  The situation brings out the couple’s fears, hopes and insecurities. Under Jim Williams’ direction, the charming play is both funny and moving.

Finally, in “The Space Between Us,” published local playwright Keith Aisner launches audiences into the hysterical world of rivalry between Star Trek and Star Wars fans.  When two nerdy Trekkies have to choose between loyalty to their chosen Sci-Fi world and two very attractive and scantily clad young women, the scene is set for a very funny spoof.  KC Dill directs this delightful play.

Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the Mendocino College Bookstore.  Admission is $5.  This production is expected to sell out quickly, so audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets soon!  All proceeds will help support the college theatre club.   For more information, call Reid Edelman at 468-3172.

 
Nichole Phillips and Geoff Graham in the 2006 New Play Festival
 
Tony Rakes and Boone Platt in the 2006 New Play Festival



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Created: May 03, 2007 @ 11:10 AM
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