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Clarke Drama Production Selected for Performance at Regional ACTF Festival

Benefit Performance Scheduled for Jan. 16

posted on December 23, 2008

Clarke College is pleased to announce that the College’s drama department production of “Agnes of God,” by John Pielmeier, has been selected as an invited performance at the Region 5 festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival from January 18-23 in Lawrence, Kansas. The department will perform the show twice at the festival on Thursday, Jan. 22, once at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

The production is one of only five productions, and one alternate, from the region selected to be featured at the festival. Clarke’s region includes schools in seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

A special benefit performance of the show will be held on Friday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Clarke’s Terence Donaghoe Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students and all proceeds will benefit the department trip to the festival. Freewill donations will also be accepted.

The drama department originally performed the show on campus in October, at which time a panel of critics viewed it and made a recommendation to the festival selection committee, ultimately leading to an invitation to perform at the festival. Immediately following the holidays, a team of students and faculty will not only begin rehearsing the show, but will also practice constructing and deconstructing the set. At the festival, the crew will have a time limit to construct the set, which will be trucked to Kansas, and focus lighting. Following the performance, the group will have a specific time limit for striking the set.

The three-person cast includes students Erin Kane, of Dubuque, Iowa in the role of Agnes; Valerie Heitzman, of Dubuque, Iowa, as Dr. Martha Livingstone; and Allison Padley, of Marion, Iowa, as Mother Miriam Ruth. Clarke Professor of Drama Carol Blitgen, BVM, Ph.D. directed the performance, Chair and Associate Professor of Drama Ellen Gabrielleschi, MFA was the set and lighting designer, adjunct drama faculty member Robert Neumann was the costume designer and Associate Professor of Art Carmelle Zserdin, BVM, MA designed the graphics for the show.

“Agnes of God” is about Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, asked to determine the sanity of a young novice, Agnes, accused of murdering her baby. In her search for solutions, Livingstone engages Agnes, Mother Superior and herself in a re-examination of the meaning of faith and the commitment of love.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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