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Playwrights clean up at Kennedy Center regional fest

Jan. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Three Western Michigan University graduate student playwrights were among the top finishers at the Region III competition of the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival held earlier this month at Saginaw Valley State University.

Plays by Kris Peterson, Christine Iaderosa and Karen Wurl will all go on to further national competition to decide which productions will be presented at the finals at the Kennedy Center.

Peterson's play "Gun Metal Blue Bar" was one of two 10-minute plays sent forward from the regional event, while Wurl's "Now and At the Hour Of" won first place in the region for one acts and will go on to national competition. Iaderosa's "The Sins of Kalamazoo" was the only full-length play presented at the regional festival and will continue in national competition.

"It was a great week," says Dr. Steve Feffer, WMU assistant professor of English, who serves as the vice chairman for the National Playwriting Program for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's regional competition.

Region III covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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