ISU Performs Encore of Student Play Competing at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

January 3 2006

Indiana State University's theater department will present an encore performance of "Leavesakes" Sunday before heading off to compete for a chance to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

"Leavesakes," written by former theater major Rachelle Martin and directed by theater department chairman Arthur Feinsod, will be performed twice at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (ACTF) Jan. 14 at Illinois State University. The production was one of nine chosen from 59 entries in a five-state region.

The play, set in a graveyard, provides audience members of a glimpse of three deceased persons in search of eternal peace - the teenage boy who ended his life prematurely, a feisty old woman whose husband has fallen in love with another woman and a retired man responding to changes in his beloved wife as she finds a new partner.

Cast members include graduate student Monique Mosley as Mrs. Wimpleton, freshman Nolan Buck as William and senior Terry Tincher as the youth.

The play, originally written in Fall 2004, has been performed at ISU twice as a staged reading before its full production run in November. The production is one of 13 in the running for the National Student Playwriting Award and the only entry from the state of Indiana.

"Leavesakes" will be performed 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 8, 2006, in the Dreiser Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Another ISU playwright will have one of his works read at the festival.

"The Captain and the Sweetie," a one-act play written by Karl Barnebey, a graduate student in ISU's Art department, will be read at the Region III competition. Barnebey's play was among only six that were selected from the Midwest to compete for the chance to be read at the Kennedy Center.

Feinsod said this is the second year in a row plays written by ISU students have been selected for competition.

"I think we are on the map as a place to go for new play writing and new play development. ISU and the Terre Haute community have supported us in so many ways," Feinsod said.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a program geared toward serving and improving the quality of college theater nationwide. In addition to festival invitations, the program awards individual recognition in areas such as design, directing, acting and play writing.

Also during the festival, three ISU theater students will compete for an Irene Ryan Scholarship. Jonathan Golembiecki was selected for his performance in "This is Our Youth" presented at ISU's New Theater in October, Katy Pieters, an ISU theater graduate student, and freshman theater major Nolan Buck were nominated for the Irene Ryan award for their performances in "Leavesakes."

ISU faculty member David Del Colletti will be one of two Region III faculty members honored with a Gold Medallion Award at the Festival this year. This coveted award recognizes his excellent service to ACTF over the years.

At the festival, "Leavesakes" will be judged by a three-member panel. Four to six of the participating productions will be invited for showcases at the national festival this spring at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Contact: Katy Pieters, publicity department, department of theater, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3334 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or

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