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AQUINAS PROFESSOR AND PLAYWRIGHT TO SHARE WORK

September 18, 2007 - Grand Rapids, Michigan (September 18, 2007) - Aquinas College Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Randy Wyatt has been selected as one of five playwrights to be featured in The Third Coast Playwrights Festival Sept. 28 through Oct. 6 at Whole Art's Studio Theater in Kalamazoo. Wyatt has recently completed "Mint," a dramatic comedy about a family trying to come together following a father’s death, despite stark differences in religious and gender orientation. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Whole Art's Studio Theater.

Wyatt will additionally participate in a Playwrights Roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, where he will be joined by playwrights Kim Carney and Von Washington. The group will discuss "Theatre as Social Action," and their conversation will be followed by the regional premiere of Carney's drama The Home Team.

Following each presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to speak with the writers in discussions moderated by noted playwright and Western Michigan University professor Dr. Steve Feffer.

Randy Wyatt is a director, playwright and Improv coach currently serving as Theatre Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Aquinas College. After completing his undergraduate work at Cornerstone University, Wyatt earned his MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He is a member of Chicago Dramatists and the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. His plays include "Sonata Blue," "The Face of the Earth," "Slush," "Swindling Jehovah," "Said and Meant," "Mint," "Anticipating Miles," "The Ghost Moments," and "Saturday Morning Forever." He has also written numerous plays for children, including "Rising Sun, Rising Moon" and "Intergalactic Chuck."

Third Coast Playwrights Festival is a collaboration between Shenandoah International Playwrights and Whole Art Theater, and its mission is "to provide a playground for our region’s theatres, theatre artists and audiences to come together and explore new plays that entertain us as they speak to the heart, mind and spirit of who we are in our world today." The Festival offers a $15 pass providing entrance to all open rehearsals, roundtables, performances and final discussions. Individual tickets are also available at $5 each, although according to festival organizers, "no one who really wants to attend, however, will be turned away."