Jan. 15, 2014: Clarke University Drama Department's fall production of “Oleanna” was selected to participate in the Kennedy Center's regional American College Theater Festival (ACTF). The festival is scheduled for Jan. 19-25, at the University of Nebraska - Johnny Carson School of Theater & Film in Lincoln, Neb. Awards will be announced at a later date.
More than 100 productions from the six-state region (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota) were entered for consideration. Clarke’s production was one of five selected to be performed at the Region V Festival.
“This marks the third year in a row that Clarke has taken an invited show. Needless to say, we are quite honored and very proud of the work that we are doing at Clarke,” said Joe Klinebriel, associate professor of drama.
Clarke’s production of “Oleanna” features Klinebriel and Clarke junior Mary Zanger in the lead roles. Carol Blitgen, BVM, professor emerita, is the director.
Award recipients from the regional festivals will be invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April. The festival is sponsored by the Dramatists Guild of America.
Clarke drama productions have won numerous ACTF awards in recent years. In 2013, “The Glass Menagerie” and in 2012, “The Caretaker” were the selected performances. At the 2011 festival, Clarke's production of “Eurydice” won regional awards for student poster design and student set design. And, in 2008, “Agnes of God” was selected to perform.