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Student-Written and Directed Play Festival Puts Modern Life under the Magnifying Glass

NEW LONDON, N.H., Nov. 29, 2010 - Economic uncertainty, the quest for meaning, anxiety about Facebook, extraterrestrials and the general SNAFUs of everyday life are on full display at the fifth annual SNAFU reGNUed theatre festival hosted by Colby-Sawyer College and the Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts at New London's Whipple Memorial Town Hall on Main Street on Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.

SNAFU reGNUed is a collection of seven short plays written by Colby-Sawyer students and faculty members that reflect on the state of everything from society and culture to living as a college student at Colby-Sawyer College. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted.

“To Live and Fry by the Sword,” written by junior Charles Moak and directed by freshman Emily Walters, involves two fry cooks, played by freshman Michael Bills and junior Travis Carlson, and their manager, junior Christine Wertz, arguing over whether the recession has ended.

“Friend me? Or how I learned to stop caring and just deactivate myself” written by senior Andrew Francis and directed by sophomore Devin Wilkie, re-imagines Facebook as a living, breathing Greek chorus that discusses the fears and anxieties of the social networking tool. Juniors Chris McCarthy, Samantha Bond and CJ Arthur and freshman Evan Wilson perform as members of Facebook incarnate.

“Misery's Company” written by junior Chris McCarthy and directed by freshman Amy Richard, follows the life of a young couple, played by junior Chris Thompson and sophomore Genevieve Lockerby, affected by layoffs and general economic turmoil.

“Our Future Looks Bright” written by Michael Lovell and directed by Charles Moak, tells the story of three men (community members Jay Lambert, Charlie Freiburg and senior Richard Brassor) who drive across the country in search of extraterrestrials and God.

“With an Ocean View,” written and directed by senior Jaycee McCarthy, is a comedy about miscommunication, mistaken identity and other incidents in a hotel lobby. The play features seniors Andrew Francis and Suzanna Brown as George and Myrna, juniors Meghan Hardiman and Briana Hailey as Josephina and Colleen, the hotel managers, freshman Ella Tucan as Melinda, freshman Scott Gross as the bellhop and Michael Lovell as Mr. Parkins.

“Untitled,” written by senior Kelly Vigneault and directed by sophomore Victoria Hersey, follows the conversations of a mother and daughter, community member Linda Lambert and senior Kayleigh Flynn, during an uncomfortable ride home.

“The Phone Call,” written by senior Kayleigh Flynn and directed by junior Joe Delaney, is a play about a squabbling couple, freshman Yulia Petrova and Delaney, who receive a phone call that will change their lives.

The plays are entirely produced and directed by students and performed by a combination of students, faculty and community members. The Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts is sponsoring the event with two Colby-Sawyer student theatre groups, the CSC Players and the Sawyer Playwrights.

For more information please e-mail Andrew Francis at afrancis.07@my.colby-sawyer.edu.