Augustana production chosen for regional theater festival

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Augustana College’s 2013 winter play, A Green River, written by Aaron Randolph III and directed by Augustana alumnus Phil McKinley, has been chosen for this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 6-10. With the exception of two roles, the entire cast from last year’s production, along with the original set for A Green River, will travel to Milwaukee for the performance. A Green River will be showcased on January 8 in The Pabst Theatre.

KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Each year, students from more than 600 academic institutions around the country have a chance to showcase their work and see others perform, receive professional assessment to improve their dramatic skills, and celebrate the creative process. During the festival, students also will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, symposia, regional-level award programs and a variety of other activities.

Augustana’s contribution to the festival, A Green River, is about Erik White, a young military veteran who has returned home to a world he now struggles to recognize. As Erik contemplates his fate on the banks of a river, the realities of being a soldier, husband and expectant father weigh heavily on his already troubled mind, as Erik’s past and present collide in a mixture of memory and dream as murky as the old river itself.

Of the upcoming performance, playwright Aaron Randolph III said, “It’s a great venue for the piece, both because of the energy an audience full of college students will bring to the performance, and also because the students hopefully will relate to the main character, Erik who is their age. I hope the show will give them a different perspective on what life is like for young people who chose a different path after high school.”

Randolph continued, “It’s a great honor to get to share the play with even more people, and to spread awareness of the struggles our veterans face when they come back home from serving overseas.”

Other productions to be showcased from our region include Thread of the Warp by Sean Michael Welch, Albion College; Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck by Jay Torrence, Concordia University Chicago; Women of Ciudad Juárez by Cristina Michaus (translated by Jimmy A. Noriega), College of Wooster and Teatro Travieso; The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute, University of Wisconsin–Parkside; and subUrbia by Eric Bogosian, Wilbur Wright College.