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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
July 1, 2003

Carnegie Mellonšs School of Drama Hosts 2003 Summer New Play Festival

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will once again host the 2003 Summer New Play Festival beginning Friday, July 11, 2003. Six new plays will be performed over two weekends in the Helen Wayne Rauh Theatre at the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Tickets are free to the public and will be available one half-hour prior to curtain at the box office. For additional information, contact 412-268-2407. Seating is limited. The 2003 Summer New Play Festival is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The 2003 Summer New Play Festival will showcase three plays each weekend, performing the work of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Dramatic Writing Program alumni and students. The festival is designed to help writers prepare their scripts for productions in regional theatres around the country as well as New York City.

"The annual Carnegie Mellon University Summer New Play Festival offers the audience an exciting and diverse theatrical experience through comedy, drama and everything in between with these six new works," said Rob Ripley, festival producer.

The festival has become a crucial step in the development process for writers because they have the chance to see what an audience responds to in their plays. Through moderated response sessions following each performance, the audience gets the rare opportunity to offer impressions about the works presented. New work is the cornerstone of American theatre and Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama provides this unique experience to regional audiences.

The featured plays are:
"The Baby Is Blue," written by Matt Schatz and directed by Stuart Carden, is a play about a popular song that haunts the lives of four intertwined characters and unearths a dark past.

"The Gods Return To Inspiration," written by John Cassel and directed by Aine Donnelly, is a story about a plague-stricken town of Inspiration. The town, which turned its back on the gods, has a chance of salvation through a young girl who hears voices.

"Pinhole of Joy," written by Tara Meddaugh and directed by Denise Pullen, is about a wife who demands her husband to satisfy her obsession for human hair. "Be All You Can Be," written by Sloan MacRae and directed by Denise Pullen, is about an abandoned ward of a veterans hospital. Three veterans from three different wars are left in the ward to fight to decide which one is the real American hero.

"The Rendezvous," written by Kyle Wilson and directed by Stuart Carden, tells a story about Pittsburgh's finest semi-notable gay memoirist and his dilemma. He tries to convince his graduate student to have a date with him outside his bedroom.

"Among Cannibals," written by Robert Ripley and directed by S. Caden Hethorn, is about one man's search for his memory, which leads him on a hilarious romp through his family history.

The School of Drama is the nation's oldest degree-granting theatre program and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, by email at or visit The complete schedule is listed below.


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