— January 3, 2008 —


  1. Free performance of Poor Tom for festival selection
  2. Center for Peacemaking hosting open house


1. Free performance of Poor Tom for festival selection

Marquette University will hold a free public performance of Poor Tom on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre in connection with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seats are available on a first-come basis. No reservation is necessary.

Poor Tom is one of three new full-length productions invited to perform at the Region III festival by a selection committee composed of artists and academics. New plays are selected based on the quality of the script and the production.

More than 1,500 students and faculty are expected to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region III, which includes university and college theatre programs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The festival, which is co-hosted by Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University, includes new play development, an acting scholarship competition and workshops in theatre practice. Student actors, playwrights, designers and technicians have their works reviewed and selected for participation. The best examples of theatrical work from the festival will be selected to participate in a nationwide festival in April.

Poor Tom was created by Marquette students and faculty in collaboration with Patrick Sutton of the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, beginning in August 2006. The play was subsequently performed by the students in Dublin and at Marquette.

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2. Center for Peacemaking hosting open house

Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking will hold an open house Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Academic Support Building, room 201.

Director G. Simon Harak, S.J., and Associate Director Deidre Hughes will be delighted by the presence of all who attend, but visitors are also invited to bring a "peace offering" — anything they think will help promote peacemaking. Chocolate, juice, soda, coffee, hot chocolate, books, DVDs, videos, CDs, framed posters, and contacts with area peace and justice groups are particularly welcome offerings. They will also be interested in talents and time that attendees would be willing to donate to the center’s peacemaking efforts.

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