Metropolitan State University’s theater program received the national award for “Outstanding Production of a New Work” for “My Soul and other Broken Things” from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national event involving 18,000 U.S. college students. The Kennedy Center presents the award in Washington D.C. on April 18.
“My Soul and Other Broken Things” by Metropolitan State student Sarah Dewhirst, traces the coming-of-age of Sephora, a young woman who, guided by a mysterious stranger, returns to her Christian fundamentalist home, searching for her estranged mother. This script, along with another original work which also participated in the regional completion, originated from work done in playwriting classes and was developed and premiered by the university’s theater program and its producing organization, Theater Underground in 2014.
The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design. This production also placed for “Distinguished” ensemble work, directing, scenic design, lighting and sound with additional “Commendations” in stage management, masks and technical direction. “My Soul…” together with another invited (original) university production, “Soderville: Excavation of a Life,” were two of seven plays selected for the 47th Region V Festival in January 2015.
Contact: Susan Amos Palmer