New Play Festival Dec. 1-3 at ASU

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Article Published: Nov. 23, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 3, 2011

The Appalachian State University student organization, Playcrafters, presents the annual New Play Festival hosted in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre Dec. 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Each night features three original works that have been written, performed, directed and designed by students.

The three pieces chosen for this year’s production are: “The Birthright of Young Werther” by Anneliese Moffitt, which stretches the imagination; “Immortal” by Morgan Stewart, a surprising tale of the struggle for immortality; and “The Wedding Farce” by Victor Rivera, a tale of misunderstandings.

Emma Holland, a junior double major in theater performance and dance, directs “The Birthright of Young Werther” — a compelling intellectually poetic piece that relies heavily on a chorus to carry its tale.

“To some it (death) may come as an old friend, or a sturdy mentor that welcomes us in our journeys,” Holland said. “To us, it is a dark beauty, one that we can never escape, nor understand, try as we might.”

Carlyn Holland, a senior performance major, takes the role of director for “Immortal” and said it is “a play about five people who wake up in a room, not knowing who they are, where they are or what they are doing there.”

They discover their path as a voice tells them that they have to choose amongst themselves the one who will gain immortality.

Jonathan Green, a senior double major in theater education and English, is director of “The Wedding Farce.” He said, “This is a play about a wedding where a few misunderstandings lead to an interesting day full of mishaps, which lead the characters to discover what is truly important.”

Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and, or by phone at (828) 262-3063. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $10 for adults. Cash only. More information is available online at

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m. and the Rivers Street parking deck.

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