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From the Page to the Stage

Widener University's Lone Brick Theatre Company, in conjunction with the Spring 2014 Creative Writing 154 classes, will present the first Student Voices Project on Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in Widener's Alumni Auditorium. This collaboration brings student writing to the forefront with a one-night-only staged reading of six 10-minute plays and a film poem.

Throughout the semester, students in James Esch's and Jane Thompson's creative writing classes have been honing original material that ranges in focus from giving voice to unheard coal miners to creating urban legends to imagining a post-apocalyptic world . Actors from Widener's Lone Brick Theatre Company will now share this material with an audience.

The staged readings will follow the traditional format of minimal movement and no costume or set, which allows the impact of the writing and acting to take center stage. "This is a very exciting collaboration, because it gives the writers and actors a perspective that they otherwise may not have in a medium that ultimately is an amalgam of shared visions," said Melissa Mowday, an adjunct professor and director of the Student Voices Project.

The Student Voices Project features original work by Michael Acciavatti, a senior political science major; Richard Bethke, a sophomore psychology major; Heather Burns, a sophomore psychology major; Stephanie Kensil, a senior Spanish major; Katherine Rogan, a sophomore chemistry major; Anna Roman, a sophomore communication studies major; and Kelsey Styles, a sophomore communication studies major.

For more information, contact Robert Reutter, Lone Brick Theatre director and senior lecturer of English, at 610-499-4276 or

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