On Monday, March 7, 2016, the cast lists were announced for the upcoming Works in Progress Readers’ Theatre production. Works in Progress brings to life the three winning plays from East Georgia State College’s annual Exit Stage Right playwriting contest. This year’s performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22 on the campus of EGSC-Statesboro. Admission is $5.
The cast list is as follows: Director, Sebastian Verdis; Stage Manager, Andrea W. Verdis. Cast for I Never Did by Sue Jarriel Garcia: Narrator, Brittany Brown; Dad, Jeff Howell; and Jenny, Sandra Sharman Price. Cast for Chicago’s Best by Niger Reaves: Narrator, Morgan Derst; Lacy, Amber Houston; and Jason, Logan Lee. Cast for The Man with Two and ½ Brains by Kenneth Homer: Narrator, Logan Lee; Theremin/Thurmond, David Altamirano; Woofer, Morgan Derst; Tweeter, Brittany Brown; Dr. Nevil Orloff, Bob Marsh; and Mrs. Gail Orloff, Joelle Romanchic-Cerpovicz.
Works in Progress, the innovative and creative Readers Theatre project developed by Sebastian Verdis to showcase the talent and creativity of local actors and playwrights.
Student, faculty and community playwrights are encouraged to submit their one-act play to Professor Verdis, who, along with a committee of EGSC faculty members, then selects the best submission, and informs the playwrights. Professor Verdis then holds auditions. Auditions are open to East Georgia State College to everyone: students, faculty and the community. The cast is then selected and given a copy of the script, to which they apply the methods and techniques of Reader’s Theatre, including script and character analysis. Through the rehearsal process, the cast helps to develop the play and their characters. There are usually no more than six rehearsals lasting ninety minutes each, during which lines are memorized. The new production is advertised and promoted in the community through newspapers and local media. Immediately following the production, the playwrights are invited to share their reaction to the performance of their work during a question-and-answer session with the audience, cast, and director. The entire process allows everyone to be involved in the process of developing a new work.
All East Georgia State College students, faculty and community are encouraged to submit their plays for consideration through the annual Exit Stage Right: 10 Minute Play Writing Contest each December, sponsored by the East Georgia State College Foundation.
Works in Progress continues to capture the talent, imagination, and creativity of the students, faculty and community.