Carthage wins national awards for original play 'A Seat at the Table'


Carthage wins national awards for original play 'A Seat at the Table'

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KENOSHA, Wis. – For the latest installment in its New Play Initiative, the Carthage College theatre program recently received national recognition in several categories through the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Based on an invited performance of “A Seat at the Table” at a regional KC/ACTF conference in January, the selection panel recognized Carthage Theatre for Distinguished Production of a New Work. Four of the college’s original plays have earned that nationwide distinction since 2012.

The original production also brought Carthage the new Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award “for insisting that theatrical production is central to the urgent community, national, and international conversations on the campuses of higher education nationwide.”

Lead actress Marie Tredway, a 2017 Carthage graduate, earned an award for distinguished performance. She portrayed civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who lost her job by attempting to register to vote, suffered a severe beating while jailed on a trumped-up charge, and ultimately gave televised testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

During the April award ceremony in Washington, KC/ACTF also announced individual commendations to adjunct Carthage faculty member Maureen Chavez-Kruger for scene design, sophomore Joshua Maloney for stage management, and 2017 alumnus Conor O’Brien for sound design. The full theatre company was honored for dramaturgy.

Carthage annually commissions original scripts from acclaimed playwrights who work with students to bring those stories to life. Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor wrote “A Seat at the Table,” which was directed by theatre professor Martin McClendon.

To mark the 10th installment in the New Play Initiative, Carthage will welcome back Academy Award winner Eric Simonson this fall. His previous commissioned work for the college, “Honest,” launched the initiative in 2009.

About Carthage College –
Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.


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