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Short Works Festival Showcases Student Talent

Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Short Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world.

The Central Washington University Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 8, 9, and 10 and at 2 p.m. on February 11 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, alumni and students; and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

NOTE: The Short Works Festival is recommended for mature audiences; some material is unsuitable for children under 17. Performances may include language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.

The following short plays and scenes are produced and directed by senior theatre arts students:

Production Team:
Producers, Michael Smith, Meredith Magoun; production manager, Jerald Dougherty; production stage manager, Anna Mae Whatley; lighting designer, Graeme Buchanan; master electrician, Shay LaPierre; costume designer, Jackson Berhow; scenic designer, Derik Radcliffe; sound coordinator, Anna Mae Whatley; light board operator, Alisa Muench; sound board operator, Georgi Grimm

The Purity Patent

Director, Brandon Carter; playwright, Annie Jankovic; stage manager, Jay Sharma; stage fighting consultant, Pierce Williams


Frederick Banting--David Arnold; James Collip--Devin Duggan; Charles Best--Evan Garfein; John Macleod--Skyler Lenhoff; Elliot Hastings--Megan Christensen

Signing Shakespeare

Director, Jeryn Sonnabend; stage manager, Allie Baele;
Cast: Jeryn Sonnabend


Director, Isaac Pauls; playwright, Ethan Cohen; stage manager, Austin White

Cast: Mr. Nelson--Aaron Smart; Receptionist--Emma Pope; Nick McMartin--Clint Barke; Polhemus--Sean McGehee; Sebatacheck--Cash McAllister

Suffer Up

Choreographer/Director, Annie Powers; composers of original music, Chris Powers and Arvo Part; stage manager, Annie Jankovic

Cast: Karli Reinbold, Jill Faulk, Alex Aragon, Andreya Pro, Chesley Sheppard, Jamie Dahl, Noah Skillman

The Lonesome West 

Director, Andrew Jamshidi; playwright, Martin McDonagh; stage manager, Erika Laulainen; dialect consultants, Jeryn Sonnabend and Michael Smith

Cast: Coleman--Dylan Eckstein; Valene--Ben Usher

Music: "Wolf Blood" by Adrian von Ziegler, used with explicit permission from the composer and creator.


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CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,