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Test Drive: Staged Reading of new graduate plays at Hendershots

Hendershots Coffee
Hendershots Coffee (237 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601)

Four new plays written by English Department graduate students and performed by UGA actors from the theater department were staged at Hendershots Coffee, 237 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601 on Friday, November 16th from 4-7 p.m.  The new plays were written by Nathan Dixon, Kara Krewer, Emma Catherine Perry, and Samantha Regal. Actors reading from the new scripts were graduate students David Cowan, Jake Hunsbusher, and Brooke McCarthy.  The free event is open to the public. 

More about the writers:

Sam Regal is a poet, performer, and newly minted playwright from Brooklyn, NY. Her translation of Yao Feng's One Love Only Until Death was published in 2017 by Vagabond Press, and she has performed most notably with Jennifer Vanilla at MoMA PS1, Le Poisson Rouge, and Brooklyn Bazaar. 

Emma Catherine Perry's poetry has been published in Nashville Review and Third Coast, and has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize and an Academy of American Poetry Prize. She was a Truman Capote Lecturer at Cornell University where she also served as an assistant editor for EPOCH Magazine. 

Nathan Dixon lives in Athens, GA where he is pursuing a PhD in English Literature and Creative writing at the University of Georgia.  His creative work has appeared in the Tin House Open Bar, the North Carolina Literary ReviewBull: Men’s Fiction, and NAILED, among others.  His academic work has appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor.

Kara Krewer was raised on an orchard in rural Georgia. She likes skee-ball, horror movies, and museums. She was editor-in-chief of Sycamore Review, and has been a faculty member of Interlochen Arts Camp. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Adroit JournalBest New Poets 2017The Georgia ReviewPrairie Schooner. 

More about the actors:

David Cowan began his theater career in his hometown of Boise Idaho. There he received his BA in performance from Boise State University. He played Vershinin in Three Sisters, Ulysses inTroilus and Cressida and Jules in Boom. Upon graduation he moved to LA and received a film acting certificate from the Stella Adler Acting Studio.

Jake Hunsbusher is a candidate for a Theater MFA in dramatic media. Being a playwright himself, he is excited to help realize these plays by lending his voice to several characters in this reading. He is also grateful for the opportunity to work with these talented writers and further hone his voice acting ability.

Brooke McCarthy is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at UGA where she recently performed in Revolt. She said. Revolt again. Brooke is from NJ via Philly and has recently performed with The Broadway Theatre of Pitman as the Wicked Witch (Shrek), Model (Can-Can), and ensemble in the world premiere of Return of the Phantom. Recent Acting Apprentice for Theatre with a View and previous company member of the Philly Improv Theater.

T. Lynn Mikeska is an actor, writer, filmmaker and musician who is currently pursuing her MFA in acting at The University Of Georgia. Recent past credits include Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again with UGA Theatre and Booth's Richard III with The Hidden Room, where she played Lady Anne. 

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