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Staged readings of winning 'PEN' plays to be presented at Wake Forest

February 21, 2007

For the fourth year in a row, Wake Forest University will work with The Virtual Theatre Project (VTP) to present staged readings of the first and second runner-up plays in the 2006 “The Pen is a Mighty Sword” international playwriting competition.  The readings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 in the Ring Theatre. 

Members of the VTP, which include professional actors from Los Angeles, Colorado Springs and Winston-Salem and British novelist and 2006 PEN winner Mark Goodman, will work with Wake Forest students and faculty to produce the plays. 

The group arrived on campus today and, in addition to the staged readings, they will spend the next week holding workshops and classes with students and faculty.

Each night after the performance of the PEN play, one of the winning plays from Wake Forest’s “10-Minute Play Competition” will be also presented. 

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 26:  “Joe” by Los Angeles playwright Ed Cunningham and “Lyrics” by Wake Forest sophomore Rebecca Cannon.

Feb. 27:  “Feeding the Roses” by Martin Goodman and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by Wake Forest senior Matt Creacy.  Goodman, will hold a question-and-answer session following the performance of his play.

The Virtual Theatre Project is a global theater company dedicated to collaborating with artists around the world to produce innovative plays that question the status quo and shed light on today’s challenges.

Past Virtual Theatre Project winning plays include the internationally acclaimed “Belfast Blues” by Geraldine Hughes, “Gray Area” by John Ahlin and “A Yankee Trader” by Kato McNickle.

The 2006 first-place winning play “Confessions of a Catholic Child” by Elizabeth Appell will premiere in Los Angeles this spring. 

Admission is $5; Wake Forest students are admitted free with ID.

For more information, call (336) 758-1997.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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