Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke
Free and open to the public
WORD! A Five College Festival of Staged Readings of recently written short plays and excerpts builds on a highly successful model originated by UMass’s New World Theater. As a Five College event, the primary goals of the festival are: to identify and nurture student writers who are engaging in multicultural themes and/or aesthetics; to increase contact among the departments of theater and the communities of color on the respective campuses and to further Five College exchange through the mechanism of a rotating festival.
The writers of the works selected to be presented this year will each receive an award of $100 from the Five College James Baldwin Memorial Fund. The American writer James Baldwin taught for several years as a Five College distinguished joint faculty appointee. Following his death in 1987, a memorial fund in his name was established by the Five College community.
This year’s selected playwrights and their works are:
Lauren Carter, Amherst: Chronicles of an Angry Black Woman
Fatima Cadet-Diaby, Mount Holyoke: Halloween: Trick or Real
Naomi Fedna, UMass: Super Fruit and the Peculiarities of All of Its Seeds
Hosted by a different campus each year, WORD! is one of several activities supported by the Multicultural Theater Committee, which was established in 1986 by the chairs of the theater departments.
A discussion of the issues raised in the plays and a reception will follow.