2008-2009

WPI Celebrates 27 Years of New Voices; Original Theatrical Plays

WPI will celebrate from April 8 to 11 the 27th anniversary of New Voices, the nation's longest-running collegiate "new and original" play festival. This year, seven plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival. The free performances will be held in the Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. those days, with a 5 p.m. show on April 10.

Performances in WPI's Little Theatre to Take Place April 8-11

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Department of Humanities and Arts and its theatre group Masque are celebrating the 27th anniversary of New Voices, the nation's longest-running collegiate "new and original" play festival. Since 1982, New Voices has featured original, unpublished scripts from WPI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. This year, seven plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival.  They are:

A Letter Unsent, by Tofer Carlson; Mad City, Inhabited, by Dominic DiGiovanni; Men are from Oz, Women are from Venus, by Shannon “Haz” Harrower; Schrodinger’s Cat in the Hat (Fancy That!), by Shannon "Haz" Harrower; Screw This Noise, by Shannon "Haz" Harrower; The Spy in Size
4's, by Nick Bebel; and Thirty Six Situations, by Ben LaVerriere.

Masque, which is among WPI's oldest student organizations, is one of several theatre groups at the university. The others include M.W. Repertory Theatre, Sunburns Theatre Company (summer theatre), and Student Comedy Productions (improvisational comedy troupes). These organizations offer approximately eight productions a year to the WPI and Worcester communities. Admission to New Voices productions is free and open to the public. For more information about New Voices 27, visit www.wpi.edu/~theatre .

When

April 8-11, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. performance Friday, April 10

Note: Doors open 30 minutes prior to show start.

Where

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

April 1, 2009

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