Students' Writing Comes Alive with Lone Brick Theatre's 2nd Annual Student Voices Project
In conjunction with the ENGL/CRWR 308 playwriting class, Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company presents the 2nd Annual Student Voices Project on Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.
Free and open to the public, this year's staged reading features seven dramatic pieces, ranging from monologues to 10-minute plays, which were developed in the Fall 2014 playwriting class taught by Dr. Kenneth Pobo, professor of English and creative writing.
Student Voices features the original work of Widener students Luis Aguilar, Emily DeFreitas, Matthew Drake, Devon Fiore, Taylor Jones, Gianna Sheridan, and Kim Vogel. In addition, the Lone Brick Theatre actors bringing the monologues and plays to life include Luis Aguilar, Jared Bernatowicz , Taylor Blum, McKailey Gordon, Carolyn Lodge, Nathan Mirando, Josh Mulzoff, Tyler Palma, Kirk Reichart, Erika Sprague, Kim Vogel, and Lizzy Yenser.
From a funeral for a man of questionable character to an altercation on a city bus, this year’s plays offer a delightfully cynical view on human nature.
“There is a shared desire to find an answer to the basic question of why people mercilessly use each other that links these plays,” said Melissa Mowday, director of Student Voices and adjunct instructor of English. “The plays highlight the urgency of needing to find empathy and decency in others, which makes us question our current cultural climate of what is and is not acceptable in terms of connectedness.”
Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performance.
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