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Local playwrights' work featured in Q-C festival

May  01, 2012

Augustana will host the Quad-City Playwrights' Festival at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12, in the Black Box Theatre, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.). A reception will follow, and admission is free.

The 2012 selected plays are: Twoffer Tuesday or The Challenge Initiative by Orion resident Andrew Cline; The Social Worker by Caiti Harbecke, an Augustana junior majoring in psychology and theatre arts from La Grange, Ill.; Out of Order! by Moline resident Michael Callahan; Power Troopers by Davenport resident Adam Kuta; Out of Thin Air and Desperation by University of Iowa student and Bettendorf High School graduate Dani Helmich; and Just Desserts by Calvin Vo, an Augustana junior majoring in theatre arts and English from Moline.

The Quad-City Playwrights' Festival began in 1999 under the direction of then-Augustana professor and professional playwright Dr. Melissa McBain. The festival originally was created to inspire and showcase the work of budding high school writers. In 2005, the festival expanded its scope to include writers from throughout the Quad-Cities community. When Dr. McBain retired from Augustana in 2009, the festival was taken over by Jeffrey Coussens, professor and chair of the theatre arts department.

Each year, playwrights are encouraged to submit 10-minute original plays to the festival. These submissions are sent to an adjudication committee, and five to six plays are chosen. Each selected play is given a director and a cast of Augustana College students, who then present a staged reading of the work.

The lead director for the readings is Amy Sanders, a senior theatre arts and communication sciences and disorders major from Bartonville, Ill. Sanders is assisted by Christen Yuccas, a sophomore psychology major from Willowbrook, Ill.

The Quad City Playwrights' Festival is sponsored by the Quad City Arts Dollar$ program with in-kind support by Augustana College.

For more information about the festival, contact Professor Jeffrey Coussens at (309) 794-7320.

Sam Schlouch
Manager, Arts Events and Communication
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu