New work and poetry presented in Theatre Fairfield's "A Class Act" opening at Fairfield University December 6


Fairfield University's resident student theater company, Theatre Fairfield, collaborates with the university's Creative Writing Program to present "A Class Act," an evening of original theatrical student work. Performance dates are: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Professor Kim Bridgford, Director of the Creative Writing Program, and Dr. Marti LoMonaco, Director of the Theater Program, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, structured this collaboration using work of the highest standards. The work must:

  • Be polished and well-crafted
  • Express content in an unusual form
  • Lend itself organically to dramatic interpretation

"A Class Act" is comprised of two parts, "CreativeExposures"- in which students strive to interpret original writing uniquely and dramatically - and "Creative Excursions" - which encourages risk-taking by both writers and actors as they work together to explore uncharted theatrical territory. Professor Bridgford's enthusiasm for the creative venture is palpable, "This event illustrates some of the best that Fairfield University has to offer in the arts."

First presented in 1990, "Creative Exposures" links original poetry and short fiction provided by the Creative Writing Program and dramatic interpretation in new and inventive creations by members of Theatre Fairfield.

"Creative Excursions" relies on student ambitions and ingenuity to produce a unique creative experience. Creative risk is the essence of "excursions" and, with that element as the core, the performance becomes a landscape that embraces non-traditional expressions of a play's text.

The 2007 "excursions" focuses on four divergent pieces: A feminist exploration of womanhood via "Project Peg," a student-initiated project that addresses various societal assumptions about women. The all-female "Peg" group celebrates gender diversity and examines what feminism means in the 21st century. Through journals and interviews with Fairfield undergraduates and professors, this entirely devised piece seeks to redefine the term feminism in "Resurrecting the F Word" (a reference to "feminism" as the "F Word").

"The Theory of Noise" is a theatrical experimentation of the soundtrack of our lives. Sound incessantly underscores every moment in the day, but it is frequently ignored. An exploration of common noise elevates one's unconscious acceptance of "life's soundtrack" to a level that cannot be ignored. It demands that we listen in a deeper way with the hope of enriching our lives.

Laura Marie Marciano, '08, has written and performs "Food for Thought," in which she examines pent-up feelings and the toll they exact from the inevitable explosion derived from repression. "Recordação," written by Tony DaCosta, '08, seeks to raise awareness of society's views of relationships and memory skewed by Alzheimer's disease. The evening's work springs from the exuberant creativity of the participating students.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $6 for seniors & university staff; and $5 for students. Tickets are now available online at www.quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Visit the website at www.quickcenter.com for further information.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 20, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 116