East Georgia State College – Statesboro’s annual Works in Progress Readers Theatre performance will be held at the EGSC-Statesboro campus’s atrium on April 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. The innovative and creative project was developed in 1984 by Dr. Sebastian Verdis at Catonsville Community College in Catonsville, Md., to bring the arts community and college together to showcase the talent and creativity of students and give local playwrights a forum for their work. When Dr. Verdis joined EGSC-Statesboro’s faculty, he brought the Works in Progress performances with him.
The three plays being performed in this year’s Readers Theatre are the first, second and third place winners in the annual Exit: Stage Right 10-Minute Play Writing Contest held each November. First place was Professor Ronald S. Ellison with his play, Phantom Limb Syndrome, a play about an injured cockroach that lives to share final wisdom with a rival. It is a story of loss, love and identity. Cast members are Robert Marsh as the Narrator, Jordan Hall as Smokey, and Michael A. Luzzi as Rutilus.
Second place was Joseph Marshall of Savannah with his play, Memory Loss. The play is about three family members that discuss life changes with a relative with dementia. Cast members are Destin Hartfield as the Narrator, Joelle Romanchik-Cerpovicz as Gaga, Brittany Brown as Aaron, Sarai Avila Rodriguez as Cindy, and Deanna Ryan as Sheila.
Third place was Dr. Jeffery B. Howell with his play, Grande Hacienda. The play is about foreign travel and what matters in life through the eyes of two American teenagers. Cast members are Kenneth Homer as the Narrator, Destiny Hartfield as Danny, Joshua Gee as Josh, and Michael A. Luzzi as Julio.
The casts of these three plays are made up of EGSC-Statesboro students, faculty and community members.
This year, the Exit: Stage Right contest saw over twenty entries from Brunswick to Atlanta, as well as South Carolina, that were judged by five faculty members: Dr. Sandra Sharman-Price, Professor Kathy Whitaker, Professor Linda Sue VanBergan, Professor Pat Homer and Dr. Mark Hovind.
The performances will be directed by Dr. Verdis. Tickets are general admission at $5 and can be purchased at EGSC-Statesboro or online at http://bit.ly/1VqEXF4.