New Works Project to Present Dead Letter Office at Marshall

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New Works Project to Present Dead Letter Office at Marshall


The Marshall University Theatre Alliance and Lunar Strategem will collaborate for the 2012 New Works Project with the presentation of a new play, Dead Letter Office. The play will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, and run through Saturday, June 16. The New Works Project is a contemporary theatre organization that develops, promotes and presents theatrical readings of plays in the earliest stages of development. Currently in its sixth season, New Works has presented the writings of playwrights both locally and nationally and has presented works of all shapes and sizes, including full- length plays, shorts, one-act plays, musicals, childrens plays, screenplays and TV pilots. The most interesting feature of New Works Project, said Jack Cirillo, associate professor of theatre at Marshall, is the audience collaboration session that takes place after each evenings presentation. The session offers audience members a chance to give feedback directly to the playwright and company in an effort to bring the play that much closer to full production. Cirillo, who is managing artistic director of the New Works Project, noted that while the concept of play development in a performance may be unusual in the Tri-State area, the concept is a mainstay of American theatre. Play development is a collaborative event, and in order to succeed in its mission, the participation of actor, director and audience member is essential, Cirillo said. …

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