Fringe Festival March 16-18 Features Student Plays

UALR’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will present The 2010 Fringe Festival, a collection of student plays, at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, March 16 through 18, in the Haislip Arena Theatre of the Center for Performing Arts.

The Fringe Festival will feature six 10-minute plays which are student acted, directed, written, and produced. The students are mentored by UALR faculty. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5 for students and senior citizens.

For more information and reservations, call 569-3256.

The guest playwright for this year’s festival is Jack Heifner. Heifner is best known for his play Vanities, which ran for five years in New York and became one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history. He is also the author of Patio/Porch, Natural Disasters, Running on Empty, and many other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, and theatres around the country. Heifner is currently the playwright-in-residence at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he teaches play, screen, and television writing each spring.

The Fringe Festvial process begins with annual playwriting contest. Six plays were chosen for production from the submissions. Heifner will select 3 winners from the productions and the authors will receive cash prizes.

The plays to be produced for the 2010 Fringe Festival are:

Poupee de la Mort by Jonathan Eller

The View by Suzi Garcia

The Hoax by Sophie King

Silent, She Cries by Brianna Wesley

An Artist’s Rendering by Tyler Whiteside

Dogs by Jeff Wright

Honorable mentions were Blame by Robert Bruno and Suzy and Fred Contained by Jaala Holmes.

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