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Contact: Bruce Gerson

For immediate release:
July 9, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Drama Presents Summer New Plays Reading Series

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama and its pre-college program for high school students, presents the Summer 2002 New Plays Reading Series, July 12 - 22, at the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater in the Purnell Center for the Arts on campus.

The six new plays, written by master's degree candidates and alumni of the school's dramatic writing program, will be presented in a seated reading format. The plays, performance dates and times follow.

"The Ides of April," by Clark Perry (A '03) is an Enron-like accounting scandal that unravels in a modern-day retooling of Julius Caesar. The play will be read at 8 p.m., Friday, July 12, and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13.

"S.A.T. Analogy #3," by Ernessa T. Carter (A '03), is a story about a man and boy who fall in love. Reading times are 8 p.m., Saturday, July 13, and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14.

"War and Jim," by Kyle Wilson (A '02), is a play about art, sex and betrayal. Reading times are 8 p.m., Sunday, July 14, and 8 p.m., Monday, July 15.

"Bottom of Nine," by Andrea Lepcio (A '00), is a dark comedy about loss, guilt, love and the eternal hope that "next year" brings. Reading times are 8 p.m., Friday, July 19, and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 20.

"Forever the Oldest," by J.P. Lavin (A '02), is about a fractured family that realizes that the one who can bring them back together is no longer there. The play will be read at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 20, and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21.

"Hadrian's Favorite," by Drew Sachs (A '00), is a story of a graduate student who learns the struggles of becoming a playwright. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 21, and 8 p.m., Monday, July 22.

The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.


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