Original works to come to life on New Play Day
by Luanne Williams

For the third year in a row, Wingate University students will help bring new works to the stage during Union County Playmakers’ New Play Day, a 10-minute-play festival set for April 4 in the Batte Center Recital Hall.

The Playmakers invited writers from all over (ages 15 and up) to submit original scripts not previously published or performed. They’ll partner with members of the University’s Drama Society and Barbara Pann’s Dramatic Performance of Literature class to stage the best of the submissions, one after the next, with minimal props and maximum aplomb.

Campus auditions are set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, in Room 222 of the Neu Building. The Playmakers will host auditions Sunday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. at their theater in Monroe.

“The New Play event has provided the debut performance for some Wingate students, and we expect that it will again this year,” Pann said. “It’s not a contest, but rather an opportunity for playwrights to see and hear their work on stage as a simply-staged piece or in reader’s-theater style.”

It also gives actors an opportunity to create a character for the first time, Pann said.

In addition to providing advertising and basic staging materials, Play Day organizers will provide playwrights with the space for one technical rehearsal prior to the April 4 event. Playmakers will help with directing and casting as needed.

New Play Day is supported in part by the Union County Community Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. This year’s event is part of The Spring, the University’s Arts Festival, which is set for April 2-9.

March 6, 2020