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FGCU Theatre Lab Presents Three Events at the Crossroads of Theater and Civic Engagement
4/14/2008

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Theatre Lab presents "Performing Communities: Six Original One Acts," 8 p.m. April 22, April 23 and April 24 in the Arts Complex. Six FGCU theater students wrote original one act plays based on narrative interview transcripts collected over the course of the semester in assistant professor Michelle Hayford's Performing Communities Field Methods class.

The class is a practicum in creating ethno-dramatic work that brings ethnography and the study of community together with the craft of playwriting. The acts interrogate important challenges faced by those in our community such as honoring diversity, understanding American-isms, dealing with loss, homophobia, assimilation and gang violence that emerge in these performances of non-fiction text and personal narrative. The community is encouraged to become a part of the audience during the three nights of the extraordinary theatrical event.

"Singer Stars and Stripes," by Melissa Gallagher, stages the life of a young woman who moved to America from Korea when she was 19 years old. Her dreams to become a "singer star" are met with the realities of becoming a mother and the hardships faced while trying to get a job and learn English. "Lies Beneath," by Adalys Alvarez, seeks to identify sources of prejudice towards the homosexual community. Religion, current events and violence are addressed in an effort to prevent tragedies that are bred by prejudice and hate. Curtain opens 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 22.

"Impact," by Nicole Scarpaci, is a dramatic portrayal of one family's journey through grief, acceptance and recovery from the traumatic death of a family member. "Follow the Leader," by Jennifer Russette, explores the repercussions of the notorious crimes committed by local youth gang the Lords of Chaos. Curtain opens 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 23.

"Pendulum: America through Foreign Eyes," by Miriam Schroetter, showcases six FGCU students from Argentina, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Great Britain and Macedonia reflecting on their time living and studying in the United States. "No Hablo Espaņol," by Rebecca Ormiston, is a mixed-media bilingual piece that explores issues of racism, xenophobia and identity politics under the guise of language. FGCU students perform personal stories as bilingual speakers in Southwest Florida. Curtain opens 8 p.m., Thursday, April 24.

The performances are free and open to the public. The Arts Complex is located on the main campus. Free parking is available in Lot 7 for Arts Complex visitors. Parking passes are available at the parking kiosk located at the University's entrance.

For more information, contact the FGCU Theatre Lab at (239) 590-7238.


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