WPI Presents its New Voices

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- New Voices 16, WPI's annual showcase of theater arts, will take place in Alden Memorial from Wednesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Each program includes a 15-minute intermission. The festival is free and open to the public.

Susan Vick, professor of drama/theatre at WPI, created new New Voices in 1982 to inspire students and other members of the WPI community to write short plays and other pieces and to submit them for consideration by a team of dramaturgs. This year, 42 "events" were submitted by 28 playwrights. "The selected group is a mix of comedies and dramas that includes one play with no spoken words, two monologues, one play with a monologue structure and one that is a sequel," says Vick. All told, nearly 300 pages of script will be produced. There are roles for approximately 25 women and 50 men. Another 20 roles were written to be performed by either men or women; 15-30 extras will also be part of the festival.

New Voices 16 will include the following:

And God Spoke, The Debtors or Fools and Fortunes: A Tale from Urbino, and The Secret is...An All Too Tragically Real Play by Thomas Russell '95 of Worcester, Mass.;

The Ballad of the Babysitter and My Aunt - The Vegetarian by part-time WPI student Catherine Darensbourg of Worcester, and A Mid-Semester's Night's Time Travel by Darensbourg with contributions by Susan Vick;

Cheap Thrill by Benjamin Wong '00 of Stoneham, Mass. and Aaron Chandler-Worth '00 of Northampton, Mass.;

Falling Fasade by Helene Andersson of Worcester and Kim Belli '97 of West Boylston, Mass.;

Lightning by Mark McKenney '00 of Smithfield, R.I.;

Monday? by Amy M. Sinyei '99 of Cranston, R.I.;

Remirroring by Katherine Journeay of Worcester;

The Wasted Land by Kristen Shepard '96 of Blandford, Mass.;

We Are the Cheese II Cheeze Molds AKA: The Story of Hansen Und Gretchen by Dave Eaton '99 of Chestnut Hill, Mass. and Anthony Ball '00 of Nobleboro, Mass.;

What's the Difference? by Dean O'Donnell '86 of Worcester, affiliate instructor of drama/theatre;

Without by Carol Suzanne King of Worcester.

WPI is an independent technological university founded in 1865. In 1997, U.S. News & World Report ranked WPI among the top 50 national universities in its Best Colleges Guide and 35th among the top national institutions in the magazine's Best College Values report.