A Roanoke Times editorial praises the Hollins Festival of New Works as a showcase for up-and-coming writers from the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins.
The Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University is joining with Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theatre to present Overnight Sensations, where six plays are written, rehearsed, and staged before a live audience over the course of 24 hours.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has recognized the play “Coupler” by Meredith Dayna Levy ’12 with its “Distinguished Production of New or Devised Work” award. Levy is pursuing her M.F.A. degree in playwriting at Hollins.
Hollins has received a financial commitment of $6.5 million from Mr. and Mrs. James McDonnell III to fund renovations to the university’s Dana Science Building and Hollins Theatre, and expand the number of faculty in the theatre and playwriting programs.
Hollins playwrights Meredith Dayna Levy, Wendy-Marie Martin, and Anne G’Fellers Mason will be featured at Atlantic Stage’s Fourth Annual New Voices Playfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“The festival is the major showcase for our plans, hopes, and dreams to make Roanoke and Hollins a major national force in the development of new work for the American stage,” says Ernie Zulia, director of the Hollins Theatre Institute.
The introduction of two new certificate programs caps a year in which student playwrights received multiple honors and their works gained impressive productions and publications.
Robert Plowman has won the Charles M. Getchell New Play Award for 2014.
Hollins Theatre’s production of “Bellocq’s Ophelia” won four awards, while Playwright’s Lab students Meredith Levy ’12 and Kevin Ferguson earned individual honors for their works.
Hollins Theatre’s adaptation of Natasha Trethewey’s “Bellocq’s Ophelia” is one of five productions chosen to compete at the Region IV KCACTF; two of Hollins’ student playwrights and three student actors will also be honored at the February event.