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C of I theatre and speech arts department to perform staged reading series

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre & Speech Arts is set to present the inaugural C of I Play Reading Series, a sequence of four performances in which the actors read the dialogue in the script without the elements of scenery, costume or lighting. The series kicks off Jan. 24 with Poona the F*** Dog and Other Plays for Children (NOT a play for children), written by Jeff Goode and directed by Joe Golden, chair of the C of I theatre department. All readings in the series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I Campus in Caldwell. There is a “pay what you wish” admission, with proceeds funding theatre department travel to the 2012 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival conference.

The C of I Play Reading Series will present one play per month through April. Shows include Kabuki Lady Macbeth, written by Karen Sunde and directed by C of I theatre professor Michael Hartwell, on Feb. 28; August: Osage County, written by Tracy Letts and directed by C of I admission counselor and theatre instructor Will Fowler, on March 23; and The Water Engine, written by David Mamet and directed by C of I adjunct lighting designer Deborah Hartwell, on April 17. Each of the shows will feature a cast of current C of I students as well as theatre department alumni currently working in the Treasure Valley.

“This style of reading is a great way to hear a play and imagine the action unfolding in your own mind,” Golden said. “It’s also a nice way for us to connect our current students with some alumni working in the area and, for the faculty, a wonderful opportunity to once again create theatre with some of our fine graduates.”

For more information about the series, contact Golden at jgolden@collegeofidaho.edu.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.