Play produced by ISU Theater Department wins playwriting competition

April 5 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- "Leavesakes," a play written by Indiana State University alumna Rachelle Martin, has picked up another accolade - this time winning the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) playwriting competition.

The play, set in a graveyard, provides audience members with a glimpse into the posthumous "lives" of three deceased persons in search of eternal peace - the teenage boy who ended his life prematurely, a feisty old woman whose husband has fallen in love with another woman and a retired man responding to changes in his beloved wife as she finds a new partner. The play was directed by ISU Theater Department Chair Arthur Feinsod.

Originally written in Fall 2004 for an Advanced Playwriting course, the play was performed at ISU twice as a staged reading before its full production run in November 2005. "Leavesakes" was performed at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois this past January as one of nine chosen from 59 entries in a five-state region. It also was a semi-finalist for the National Student Playwriting Award, the only play by an Indiana playwright to make it to that level.

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the largest professional organization of its kind in the United States, actively supports scholarship through teaching, research and practice and serves as a collective voice for its mission through publications, conferences, advocacy, projects, and collaborative efforts with other organizations. The Association's 1,800 members include post-secondary faculty in theatre and related fields, graduate students, and theatre and performance artists in universities, commercial venues, and community-based and alternative theatres. Organizational members include theatre departments at colleges and universities, training conservatories, and many theatres.

Contact: Arthur Feinsod, department of theater chair, (812) 237-3336 or tharthur@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or devmeyer@isugw.indstate.edu

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"Leavesakes," a play written by an ISU alumna, won the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival playwriting competition.

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