New Voices Festival to Feature Plays Written by WPI Community Members

The nation's longest-running collegiate new and original play festival, celebrating its 29th anniversary this year, will present performances April 13 to 16.

The WPI Department of Humanities and Arts and its theatre group Masque are celebrating the 29th anniversary of New Voices, the nation's longest-running collegiate new and original play festival, with performances April 13-16 in the Little Theatre.

Since 1982, New Voices has featured original, unpublished scripts by WPI students, faculty members, staff, alumni, and friends. This year, eight plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival. They are

  • A Lesson Trolls, by Rhiannon Chiacchiaro (student)
  • A Shot in the Dark, by Megan Faulkner (student)
  • A Spy by Any Other Name, by Tofer Carlson (alum)
  • Everybody Poops but You, by Robert Connick and Andrew Wilkins (students)
  • One Card from Caving In, by Holly Fletcher (student)
  • Searching for Something, by N. Harrison Ripps (alum)
  • The Experiment, or, Let Them Eat Cake, by Tofer Carlson (alumni)
  • Yellow Jacket, by Angela Simpson (student)

Performances will be held April 13-16, 2011: Wednesday, invited preview at 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 5 and 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 p.m. Tickets are free, first-come, first-served.

WPI offers a rich theatre program. Masque is one of several producing groups at the university. The others include M.W. Repertory Theatre, Sunburns Theatre Company (summer theatre), VOX, and Student Comedy Productions (improvisational and sketch comedy troupes). The Rho Kappa cast of Alpha Psi Omega (National Honorary Theatre Society) puts on one Show in 24 Hours. These organizations offer approximately 20 productions a year (six plays, one musical, one festival, approximately 10 comedy shows, and one 24-hour show) to the WPI and Worcester communities. Admission to New Voices productions is free and open to the public.

April 12, 2011

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