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WTAMU Production Advances to Regional Festival

Dec. 12, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Production Advances to Regional Festival

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University production of Iphigenia 2.0 is one of six plays selected to advance to the coveted regional festival of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) hosted by Centenary College Feb. 26-March 2 in Shreveport, La.

Colleges and universities throughout the six-state region—Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri—have been competing for the right to advance, and KCACTF announced on Monday, Dec. 10 the six productions chosen for the regional festival in February.

The production, directed by Stephen Crandall, assistant professor of theatre, earned the chance to advance after receiving several Respondent Awards in November. Respondents Dr. Mark Charney, head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, and Chris Sousa-Wynn, assistant professor of scenic/lighting design at Texas State University, attended the Nov. 16 and 17 performance of Iphigenia 2.0 and gave the production three Meritorious Achievement Awards as well as three Irene Ryan Acting Award/Nominations.

Iphigenia 2.0, written by Charles Mee, is an updated version of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis. The production takes a contemporary look and tone to tell the story of Agamemnon, a military leader who faces the difficult decision of whether or not to sacrifice his daughter to prove that his decision to go to war is a worthy one.

WTAMU theatre majors involved in the production include: Lauren Bowler, Connor Brent, Caleb Brink, Kaylie DeLauri, Reilly Downes, Alexandra Easterling, Fabian Garcia, Levi Gore, Chase Harrison, Eric Harrison, Megan Hjerpe, Conner Hodge, Alexander Hope, Michael Hoy, Brooklynn James, Randryck Lewis, Sandra Lopez, Melissa McCallum, Jessica Morrow, Joseph Munoz, Jason Payton, Christopher Ratliff, Jaclyn Redmon, Julia Rucker, Chandler Shaw, Nykol Taliaferro, Katie Tuttle, Shandee Vaughan, Kyla Williams, Randi Wilson and Andrew Young.

The University’s production will compete with four other schools at the February event. The four other schools are University of Louisiana—Lafayette, Reasons to Be Pretty; Sam Houston State University, Spring Awakening; University of Arkansas—Fort Smith, Drømnium; Sam Houston State University, Enron and Angelo State University, Staccato Man.

WTAMU began participating in ACTF in 1994, and every production since then has received high praise and/or a chance to advance to the regional festival. The University last competed at regionals in 2008 with Rabbit Hole.



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