Mason Theater Alumni Present New Works at Kennedy Center

Posted: September 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several George Mason students and alumni will take the stage with the Smallbeer Theatre Company of Washington, D.C., as part of the Kennedy Center’s third annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival this weekend. The festival offers readings, panel discussions, and other events for local plays and musicals in progress. Smallbeer Theatre Company will present its three new works from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Center’s AFI Theater.

Mason graduate Kate Taylor, BA Theater ’04, along with Sarah Bever, BA Theater ’04, will perform Bound, the first play written by Taylor. It revolves around the life of a young Mormon girl who is trapped between her faith and reality.

Another production, If It Bends, will highlight scenes from a work in progress by playwright Chanon Bernstein, and will include performances by current Mason students Zach Myers, Jenny Girardi, and Jesse Nepivoda.

I, Witness, the third Smallbeer production featured at the festival, is part of a musical about the life of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. It was written by Lynnie Raybuck, assistant professor of theater at Mason and Smallbeer’s artistic director, and Lani Novak Howe. Mason alumnus John Slone, BA Theater ’99, is also featured in the production.

The three presentations, along with the rest of the Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, are free to the public. For a full listing of events, visit the Kennedy Center’s web site.

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