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Lone Brick Theatre Company Produces Its First Original Student-Conceived Play

A scene from The Fate of Frank M'Kenna

Pictured from left to right are McKailey Gordon and Elizabeth Cocchiarale in a scene from “The Fate of Frank M'Kenna.”

Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company proudly presents its first student-conceived play, “The Fate of Frank M’Kenna,” written by alumna Autumn Heisler, ’15, and directed by Bridgette Saverine, '16. The show runs Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The final performance is followed by a talk back with the cast and author.

All performances take place in Widener’s Alumni Auditorium on Main Campus. Admission is free; donations are accepted.

The Fate of Frank M'Kenna” tells the story of a young lad who is trying to find himself after the death of his mother. Frank, along with his father, Cormac, attempt to move on but never quite see eye-to-eye. When fate strikes, Frank, with the help of his new friend, Eileen, must figure out how to mend the father-son bond if he ever wants to move on.

Heisler, a graduate of Widener’s Creative Writing Program from Allentown, Pennsylvania, adapted the piece from a fairy tale of the same title, “The Fate of Frank M'Kenna,” by William Carelton. Heisler first drafted the play as part of Dr. Ken Pobo's CRWR308: Playwriting course in the fall of 2014.

“The Fate of Frank M’Kenna” stars Josh Mulzoff, ’17, as Frank M’Kenna and Kirk Reichart, ’16, as Cormac M’Kenna. The cast is rounded out by Widener students Matthew Byrne, Sandra Dzogbewu, McKailey Gordon, Carolyn Lodge, Brynne Maddrey, Tyler Palma and Joshua Schneider as well as Senior Lecturer Robert Reutter.  This production also welcomes newcomer Elizabeth Cocchiarale, daughter of Dr. Michael Cocchiarale, associate professor of English, and Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale, director of Widener’s FreshBaked Theatre Company.

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performance. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/lonebricktheatreco

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