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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 29, 2007

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PHOTO #1, top left: Nichole Phillips and Geoff Graham in Absolutes-Ville (2006 New Play Festival) by Ian Stigliani.  Directed by  David Hance.

PHOTO #2, middle right: Karen Soberanis, Jim Williams and Paul Kubin in Ice Cream (2006 New Play Festival) by Keith Aisner.  Directed by Toby Rodriques.

PHOTO #3, bottomleft: Tony Rakes, Boone Platt and KC Dill in Die Baby, Die (2006 New Play Festival) by David Wolf and Jody Gehrman. Directed by Maria A. Monti.


Mendocino College Searches for Ten-Minute Scripts

to be produced in Fifth Annual Festival of New Plays

New Play from 2006Ukiah, CA - Local writers take note: there’s never been a better opportunity to try your hand at playwriting. Mendocino College is currently seeking short plays by local authors to be produced on the Ukiah campus this spring.

The new semester is underway at the college, and one of the many exciting classes being offered in 2007 is Introduction to Directing, taught by Reid Edelman. Once again, Edelman plans to use short plays written by local authors to teach directing and acting students about the joys and challenges of working with new scripts. These plays will be produced in the college’s Festival of New Plays at the end of the semester.

New Play from 2006This production of student-written scripts is now in its fifth year, and the event has become a highlight of the college’s annual theatre season. For the past four years, Edelman has worked with English instructor and playwright Jody Gehrman to find and develop student-written plays. This year, each of ten student directors will need a script, so Edelman and Gehrman are putting the call out to the community.

“We clearly have an abundance of talented writers in this area,” says Gehrman, “but only a small percentage of them even think about writing a play. Playwrights aren’t born; they’re coerced by people like us to try it once. After seeing their work produced, most become addicted; it’s a tremendous high to sit in a theater and watch your ideas come to life.”

New Play from 2006The deadline for submissions is Valentine’s Day, 2007. There are no limitations in terms of theme or content, but small casts (2-4 characters) and minimal technical requirements are recommended for optimal chances at production. Scripts should have a running time of no longer than ten minutes. For more information or to submit your play, contact Jody Gehrman, 468-3150 or You can also mail your play to Mendocino College, Attn. Jody Gehrman, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

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