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New Play Festival Presented Nov. 30-Dec. 3

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s annual New Play Festival, which celebrates student, staff and faculty playwrights, will be presented Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

The New Play Festival is sponsored by Playcrafters Dramatics Society, a student organization.

General admission is $4. Tickets can be purchased in advance between 2 and 5 p.m. weekdays in the Valborg Theatre Box office in Chapell Wilson Hall. Call 262-3028 for more information.

This year’s winning playwrights are student Luke Aeschleman who makes his playwrighting debut with “A Grave Diggers Eulogy”; student Ira Sargent, who makes his second appearance at the festival with “Prophets”; and playwriting professor John Crutchfield with “Bob Agonistes.”

Each piece is directed by a student director. Scott Bean directs “A Grave Diggers Eulogy” which features Andy Eaker and Bryan Seagraves as a pair of embittered gravediggers who, while burying a young girl, come to terms with their own pasts. The show is stage managed by Stephanie Brookover.

Roman Presnell directs “Prophets,” which follows the story of Clarence, an inept prophet who claims to have a vision of the end of the world, complete with frozen burritos, janitorial mishaps and an amorous German prophet.

The show features Amie Russo, Whit Emerson and Luke Aeschleman in a variety of roles. “Prophets” is stage managed by Nikki Caruso and assistant stage managed by Jordan Lance.

“Bob Agonistes” is directed by Inga Draper, and features an ensemble cast including Wesley Dixon and Mindy Wilson. The piece tells the tale of “Bob,” an unusually lucky man who becomes bored in a life without troubles. The show is stage managed by Hilary Edwards.