Campus News - November 12, 2001

UNM festival showcases new plays, readings, radio show

Sabina Zuniga-Varela and Mimi Moss in “Mama’s Boy” written and directed by Jason Nious. The play opened the festival in early November.  Photo by Kevin Paul.“Words Afire: The Edmund Evans New Works Festival,” showcasing new plays from the UNM Dramatic Writing Program, runs early November through Dec. 2 at four venues – the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Outpost Performance Space, Riverside Theatre and UNM’s Theatre X.

A total of 29 showings over a period of 27 nights is the result of more than 100 UNM students who labored in every aspect of stage production from writing and directing to scene design, costuming and lighting.

“You’ve got it wrong if you think the youth of America are unfocused or unwilling. Here are a group of young artists bursting with desire to say, to act, to capture your attention,” says Jim Linnell, director of the UNM Dramatic Writing program.

Celebrating the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in the Department of Theater and Dance, the festival features 12 short works, three full-length pieces, two concert readings and a radio show.

Susan Erickson and Howie Kaibel, graduate students in their final year of the recently expanded Dramatic Writing MFA program, will premiere full-length works.

Elizabeth Kay Otero, who completed her undergraduate degree this summer, will premiere her new full-length play “Gas” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a newly added venue.

See calendar listings this page for performances. A complete schedule of events can be found at

Performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center are free and seating is limited. At other venues, prices are $7 general and $5 for students, UNM faculty/staff and seniors.

For reservations and information, contact the venues: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 246-2261; Outpost Performance Space, 268-0044; Riverside Theatre, 254-8393; Theatre X, 277-4569.

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