‘FreshINK’ presents new plays by students, faculty
Parkside Theater's FreshINK staged reading series presents the debut of five original plays by writers affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Penned by faculty members and students and read by current Theatre Arts students, each performance is free and open to the public.
"This season we are doing something special! Our new plays are all by local playwrights--very local," said Artistic Director Jamie Cheatham. "We are featuring the works of a UW-Parkside student, a dean, a senior lecturer in our English department, and two of our alumni."
The series starts Sept. 21-23 with the drama "As We Forgive." Written by UW-Parkside Senior English Lecturer Patrick McGuire, "As We Forgive" is the story of a Catholic priest challenged by shifting ideas and modern thinking; ideas and thinking that go against his own beliefs and those of the church.
FreshINK continues with "Voices from the Quilt" Nov. 2-4. Inspired by and performed alongside the AIDS Memorial Quilt, this collection of original narratives by Dr. Dean Yohnk, UW-Parkside's Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, tells the stories of those memorialized by the quilt.
In 2013, the focus shifts to UW-Parkside students and alumni. Feb. 22-24 a pair of original one-act plays written by current student Mike Zimmermann and graduate Annie Walaszek grace the FreshINK stage. "Final Bow" explores the struggles of a growing sketch comedy troupe while "Cupid, Stung by a Bee" is a modern telling of the story of Psyche and Cupid.
The series concludes with "Mary Dolly Kyrie" by Peter Komistra. A mysterious exploration of shame and the unknown, this staged reading runs Apr. 12-14. Komistra is a graduate of UW-Parkside and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The play was commissioned for these performances.
During a FreshINK staged reading, actors read from their scripts. There are no special sets or costumes, and props are kept to a minimum allowing the audience to concentrate on the words and emotions being expressed.
Performances take place in Studio A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities with the exception of "Voices from the Quilt" which is performed in the Fine Arts Gallery of The Rita. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. UW-Parkside is located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.For more information, call 262-595-2457.