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Winner of WSU’s national playwriting contest being performed this week

9:35:05 AM CDT - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

“FreezeFrame,” the winner of Wichita State University’s 32nd Annual National Playwriting Award, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 18-22, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22, in the Welsbacher Theatre of the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

The play is an experimental piece set in a college campus in Philadelphia. It alludes to the Snow Queen fairy tale, while looking at people’s attempts to connect with one another in the new millennium. Issues of religion, science, loneliness and loss of control are explored through four college students as they struggle to be heard, seen, felt and understood.

Playwright Deborah Yarchun is no stranger to college life: She is a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, majoring in playwriting and screenwriting. She has twice won the Young Playwrights Festival National Playwriting Competition in New York and was the second-place recipient of the VSA arts (an international nonprofit created by former Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith) 18th Annual Playwrights Discovery Award for a play she co-authored that dealt with autism. The play had a staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Guest director Danette Baker is directing the play. Whitney LeBarge plays Aliyah, Marius Ausbie is Paul, Todd Mika is Mark and Camille Schmierer plays Brianna. Megan Richardson is in charge of costumes and makeup, Andy Brooks is handling scenic design, Cody Davis is the lighting designer, Joseph McIntire is handling sound design, Shannon Smith is the properties designer, A.J. Kellison is the technical director, and Deanna Ornelas is the stage manager.

Tickets are $8 with discounts available. Call 978-3233.



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