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March 11, 2004


'NEW VOICES' TO FEATURE STUDENT WRITING, DIRECTING, PERFORMING

    OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego student playwrights, directors and actors will collaborate for the 11th annual "New Voices" at 6 p.m. March 27 and 28 in Tyler Hall's lab theatre.

    The admission-free event features staged readings of six 10-minute plays written, performed and directed by students.

    The plays are "A Bundle of Sticks," written by Jonathan Altman and directed by Allie Heitner; "Indefinable," penned by Kenneth Nichols and directed by Erin Naughton; "The Happiest of Days," authored by Louis Paduano and directed by Michael Climek; the Stephanie Pivar-penned "Please Wait for a Complete Stop to Exit," which Ryan Oliver will direct; Daniel Preston's "What We May Be," staged by Bailey Glass; and "Something Blue," written by Adam Sweeney with Todd Silverman directing.

    The collaborative project developed more than a decade ago when Brad Korbesmeyer, associate professor of English and director of writing arts, and Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre, wanted to fill what they saw as a void in the writing and theatre programs.

    "There really wasn't an opportunity on campus to view the work of student playwrights," Korbesmeyer recalled. While student artists, actors and directors could all show their work, Korbesmeyer and Cole thought an avenue for playwrights would present a novel experience.

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