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Hampshire Students'’ Scripts Chosen for WORD! 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Among scripts chosen by the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee for presentation at WORD! 2012 are works by Hampshire College students Gillian Cannon and Sam Congdon.

WORD! is an annual presentation of student-written scripts dealing with issues of race and diversity. Staged readings will be held Tuesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. at Amherst College's Marsh Arts House Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The productions, written by Five College students, take on themes reflecting issues of race and diversity using playwright August Wilson's idea that theater can raise consciousness and politicize communities of color.

Featured scripts:
Unmuted, Gillian Cannon, Hampshire College
LEGS: a gay play, Sam Congdon, Hampshire College
Our Father, Madison Cortez, Amherst College
Frankie, Baby, You Are So Cute, Diane Exavier, Smith College (MFA playwriting program)

For nearly two decades, the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee, supported by the Five College theater chairs and Five Colleges, Inc., has worked to creatively foreground the experiences of people of color. In addition to the annual WORD! Festival and visiting artist residencies, the committee does this by awarding mini-grants for student-centered productions.

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