2006-2007

With New Voices, WPI Celebrates 25 Years of Original Theatrical Plays

WPI's theatre group Masque and its Department of Humanities and Arts will celebrate this Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14, the 25th anniversary of New Voices, the country's longest continuously running university new plays festival. The seven plays will be performed in the Little Theatre, located in Sanford Riley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Performances in WPI's Little Theatre to Take Place April 12-14

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) theatre group Masque and its Department of Humanities and Arts are celebrating the 25th anniversary of New Voices, the country's longest continuously running university new plays festival. This year, seven plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival. They are:

ATTIC, by Catherine Darensbourg; Shot in the Heart, by Sarah Pavis; 25, by Dean O’Donnell; Footsie, by Dean O’Donnell; Raccoon a la Mode, by Shannon (Haz) Harrower; Union Station, by Shannon (Haz) Harrower; and The Princess and the Body Snatchers, by Shannon (Haz) Harrower. The production will feature a scenic design, called Nirosta, by Brendan O’Brien and Smriti Shrestha.

More than 100 students are involved in this year's New Voices production. Masque, which is among WPI's oldest student organizations, is one of several theatre groups at the university. M.W. Repertory Theatre, Sunburns Theatre Company (summer theatre), and Student Comedy Productions (improvisational comedy troupes) bring the WPI community about eight productions a year.

Admission to all New Voices productions is free and open to the public.

For more information about New Voices 25, visit www.wpi.edu/~NV25.

When

Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 13 at 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
(Doors open 30 minutes prior to show start.)

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Little Theatre, located in Sanford Riley Hall
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

April 9, 2007

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu