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


January 10, 2008

For the fifth consecutive year, 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 2007 “The Pen is a Mighty Sword” international playwriting competition.  The readings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29 in the Ring Theatre. 

Members of the VTP, which include theatre professionals from Los Angeles and New York, and the 2007 PEN winning playwrights will work with professional actors from Winston-Salem and Wake Forest students and faculty to produce the plays. 

Before the performance of the PEN play each night, one of the winning plays from Wake Forest’s “10-Minute Play Competition” will be presented.  Each evening will conclude with adiscussion by the cast, director and author of that night’s PEN runner-up play.

The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 28:  “Django Salvatore’s Awe-Inspiring Death-Defying Big Top Spectacuganza…Featuring Ralph,” by Wilmington, N.C., playwright Justin Cioppa and “The Shrouded Canvas” by Wake Forest senior Drew Grindrod.

Jan. 29:  “Safekeeping” by Pittsburgh, Pa., playwright Rob Zellers and “One Dick, Two Dick, Red Dick, Blue Dick” by Wake Forest senior Michael Christatos.

The Virtual Theatre Project is a global theater company dedicated to identifying, developing and staging new works.  It seeks plays that question the status quo and shed light on today’s global societies and challenges.

Past Virtual Theatre Project winning plays include the internationally acclaimed "Belfast Blues” by Geraldine Hughes, “Gray Area” by John Ahlin (opening in New York mid-February), Laura Harrington’s play “N (Bonaparte)”  and “A Yankee Trader” by Kato McNickle.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, for one or both evenings.  Tickets will be available at the door.

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

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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