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March 5, 2014
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Students, alumni showcase original plays in festival

Bowie State University students and recent alumni will showcase their original short productions at the First Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The five featured plays – touching on topics like racism, love, grief and issues of identity – were written, directed, performed and produced by students and alumni. The plays were selected by a blind review process by a panel of theatre arts faculty and were submitted by students from playwriting and honors humanities courses. The directors were selected by the faculty.

“The purpose is to share new plays and students writing with the campus community and give theatre majors independent production experience,” said Professor Bob Bartlett, an associate professor of theatre who is coordinating the festival.

The plays and playwrights are:

  • Jello Pudding by Crystal Roberts, a 2013 graduate with a bachelor’s in theatre arts
  • The Nurturer and the Artist by Blake Melvin, junior theatre major
  • Humility by Tamieka Briscoe, a 2013 graduate with a bachelor’s in communications
  • Going on an Adventure by Sierra Davis, a freshman business administration major
  • Hephaestus by B. Nichelle Hicks, a freshman computer technology major

The directors are:

  • Charles Franklin IV, a sophomore theatre major
  • Tamyra Lewis, a sophomore theatre major
  • Sophia Barden, a freshman theatre major
  • Aziza Kelly, a freshman communications major
  • Kimberly Richmond, a senior fine arts major

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