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King University News :: Student-directed Short Play Festival to Kick Off Spring Theatre Season at King Feb. 28-March 3

Two senior theatre majors will kick off King’s spring Theatre season by directing two dramatic short plays during King University Theatre’s short play festival, taking place Feb. 28 through March 2, 2013. 

The first of the two student-directed productions is “Spasíba: Thank You!,” a devised theatre piece created by senior Theatre major, Jenson Lavallee, and fellow Theatre students.  Lavallee says, “The show will be made up of individual études that we will create as an ensemble.  Études can simply be thought of as short scenes - a beginning, middle, and an end.  That's the basic layout.”  Each actor will bring with them their favorite item, such as a quote, poem, song, picture, painting, or stuffed animal to the rehearsal process where scenes will be created.  More and more theatre groups are creating devised theatre pieces as a unique way to tell stories.

The second short play production is “4.48 Psychosis,” an intense play written by Sarah Kane and directed by senior Theatre major, De-Anda Hatfield.  The script dramatizes a character suffering from severe clinical depression and covers ideas such as medical treatment, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and possible causes for depression.  “Depression is a condition that is often misunderstood and this play responds by boldly depicting one person’s struggle,” says Hatfield.  “The play is stark, disturbing, and wrenching.” 

“We are excited about the student productions,” said Elizabeth Dollar, associate professor of Theatre and director of King’s Theatre program.  “Both De-Anda and Jenson have chosen challenging projects that are really stretching our students.  The experience they are gaining as theatre artists can’t be measured.”

The Short Play Festival will take place in King University's Fine Arts Theatre on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., on Feb. 28 through March 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Dollar at or 423.652.4839.


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