WPI Play Invited to Compete in Off-Off Broadway Festival

Preview Scheduled for WPI Campus on July 18

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Catherine Darensbourg '02, author Passing, selected to compete in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City.


For the second year in a row, a Worcester Polytechnic Institute play has been selected to compete in the prestigious Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. The festival is an invitation-only, two-week-long event featuring some of the best theatre companies, professional schools and universities that foster playwriting.

The one-act play, Passing, will be performed on the WPI campus next week before the production departs for Manhattan. The special WPI preview will be followed by a reception, and a chance to meet the cast, crew, and playwright Catherine Darensbourg '02.

Passing is an edgy comedy about an office worker who decides to leave her job after failing a workplace drug test rather than admit that the medications she takes are for her mental health. Darensbourg's play Dreams Abridged was selected and performed by a WPI production during last year's festival.

On Friday, July 22, the WPI troupe will perform Passing at the 30th Annual Samuel French Festival at The American Theatre of Actors (some tickets are still available; reservations may be made by calling 212-769-7973, x-3). Passing was nominated by Susan Vick, professor of drama/theatre and director of WPI's theatre program. The WPI play is just one of more than a hundred plays selected (and only one of four colleges) to compete in the festival from more than 300 nominations received nationwide.

This year, Darensbourg will have some competition from another WPI graduate, Patrick Brennan '89, whose play Bits, nominated by Playwrights' Platform in Boston, will be performed at the festival on July 17.


Playwright Catherine Darensbourg wrote Passing for this April's WPI New Voices 23, one of country's longest continuously run university new play festivals. Darensbourg has had 15 plays produced in the New Voices, most recently Daddy's Girl and It's Not Identity Theft If You Pay The Bills On Time.

The production of Passing is directed by Danielle LaBrecque '00, and consists of 16 members of the WPI community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is a co-production of WPI Masque and the WPI Department of Humanities and Arts.


Monday, July 18, 2005
7:00 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Riley Commons
Sanford Riley Hall
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.


Free (but, donations are welcome)

More Info

For more information, e-mail passing@wpi.edu.