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October 2001

Release Date: October 31, 2001

ASU Honored at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Angelo State University drama students involved in the writing and original production of "The Posthumous Life of Sylvia Plath, et al" received a dozen commendations more than any other participating college or university in the Texas II State Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this past weekend in Plano.

The play, originally produced by ASU and debuted earlier in the month in the ASU Auditorium, received the Respondent's Choice Award, the top award presented at the festival. ASU senior drama/English major Jackie Rosenfeld received an excellence in playwriting commendation for her original script "The Posthumous Life of Sylvia Plath, et al."

Dr. Bill Doll, director of University Theatre, said, "The success of the ASU production was due in no small part to the script written by Jackie Rosenfeld. She provided a perceptive script which gave all the members of our cast and crew the opportunity to combine their talents in an exceptional production."

In addition to Rosenfeld, others from ASU recognized at the festival were junior drama major Matt Smith of San Angelo for excellence in lighting design; ASU staff costumer/designer Eldra Sanford for excellence in costume design; junior drama major Julie Staffel of Bulverde, graduate drama student Heidi Hargrove of San Angelo and ASU alumna Laura Smith of San Angelo, all for excellence in acting; and ASU staff technical director/designer Ross Fleming for excellence in scenic design, excellence in scenic setup and excellence in scenic craftsmanship.

Collective awards went to the ASU drama program for excellence in new play development; excellence in new play production; and excellence in scenic setup.

Doll said it is unusual for a school to receive so many awards at a festival, but the quality of Rosenfeld's script and the dedication of the actors and crew to take it to the stage showed in the final production. He said the drama company's success had its origin in Rosenfeld's script, which she began two years ago under the guidance of James Worley, assistant professor of drama.

"It is rare for a student to deliver such a mature work with a first full-length play," Doll said.

By receiving the Respondent's Choice Award, the ASU drama company qualified to be nominated for the regional round of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February in Fort Worth. Final selection for the regional festival will come in December when the regional committee meets to review the nominated plays and make the final selections.

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