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Herberger College Theatre launches sixth annual New Plays Marathon


February 28, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College’s Department of Theatre at ASU announces the sixth annual New Plays Marathon, a series of staged readings written by ASU graduate student playwrights and presented free to the public.

The New Plays Marathon is a celebration of the process of developing exciting new works for the theatre. Guillermo Reyes, ASU professor of theatre and head of the playwriting program, heads up this ambitious project in play development.

In addition, the marathon features a guest artist panel on and by Arizona playwrights, including Elaine Romero, Terry Earp, Ben Tyler and Toni Press-Coffman, entitled: “Arizona Playwrights: The Craft, the Profession, and Putting It All Together.”

WHEN: March 28 through April 6, 2002, times vary.

WHERE: Barbara Salisbury Wills Child Drama Studio, Nelson Fine Arts Center 131, 51 E. 10th St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.

HOW MUCH: Free.

CALL: For additional information, the public may call 480-965-5337.

ASU NEW PLAYS MARATHON 2002 SCHEDULE:

  • March 28, 5:30 p.m. Passion Fruit by Laurelann Porter, directed by Christopher Danowski
    This is a story of passion, loss and a bisexual love triangle. Passion Fruit is a lyrical, poetic solo performance written and performed by Laurelann Porter, with original songs by Porter.
  • March 28, 7:30 p.m. The Final Shot of the Artful Dodge Shakespeare by Christopher Miller, directed by Rob Taylor. 
  • March 29, 2:30 p.m. ©Sullivan by Luke Krueger, directed by Lisa Mitchell
    A dark comedy about war hero Eric Sullivan’s return to his five-year high school reunion where, out of a class of 99 people, no one remembers him. Eric has interesting news: he copyrighted the town’s name, Sullivan. He demands the city rebuild the school library in order to keep the name. The city refuses and decides there’s only one solution to this dilemma: “Kill G.I. Joe.” Not Appropriate for Children.


  • March 29, 5:30 p.m. Guest Artist Panel – “Arizona Playwrights: The Craft, the Profession, and Putting It All Together.” Panelists include Elaine Romero, Terry Earp, Ben Tyler and Toni Press-Coffman. 
  • March 29, 7:30 p.m. Oy! It’s a Boy by Amy Dominy, directed by Janet Arnold. She’s Jewish; he’s not. It didn’t matter – until they find out, it’s a boy! Now Lacey and Wade must decide if they should circumcise their baby and, at the same time, deal with their meddlesome parents.
  • March 30, 3:30 p.m. The College Try by Mark Zeller, directed by Kathy Krzys. Can a college freshman lose his virginity and his manhood in the same night? Well, yes, but Hunter is going to get his manhood back it kills him! Come see this determined young man, locked in a battle of wits with a jealous roommate, try to find redemption! 
  • March 30, 5:30 p.m. Conversations by Cary DeBerry, directed by Jen Kulick. Enter a world where each character is plagued with his or her own set of neuroses, ideals and expectations. Sound like anyone you know? Structurally based upon La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, this play explores the inner recesses of the human condition.

  • April 5, 7:30 p.m. Sullivan by Luke Krueger
  • April 6, 3 p.m. Passion Fruit by Laurelann Porter
  • April 6, 5 p.m. Oy! It’s a Boy by Amy Dominy
  • April 7, 1 p.m. Conversations by Cary DeBerry

  • April 7, 3:30 p.m. The Final Shot of the Artful Dodge Shakespeare by Christopher Miller

  • April 7, 5:30 p.m. The College Try by Mark Zeller



Media Contact:
Megan Krause
480-965-8795
megan.krause@asu.edu