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Theatre Students Shine in CWU's Short Works Festival

Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Student 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. Central Washington University's Short Works Festival showcases a range of content which may not be appropriate for all audiences; parental guidance is recommended.


The Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 16 and 17, and at 4:00 p.m. on February 18 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission 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.


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


Egghead by Bo Burnham
Poetry readings and performances co-directed by:
Jeryn Sonnabend
Chelsey Sheppard

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by Riley Newman
Directed by Riley Newman
Music composed and performed by Jeff Rowden

"Can’t Handle This" [song] recorded by Bo Burnham from Make Happy
Directed and performed by Jeryn Sonnabend

Mature Young Adults by Wesley J. Colford
Directed by Allison Price

Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.


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,
February 13, 2017