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ACTC to present new play festival, student art show

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre will present the third annual New Play Festival April 1 and 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theater at the College Drive Campus.

The 12 scenes, monologues, short plays and one-act productions were written by ACTC students in a playwriting class taught last fall by Jonathan Joy, ACTC assistant professor of english and New Play Festival coordinator.

The plays include powerful, dramatic stories of past relationships, love in the face of illness, funny tales of a deceased man whose soul may have moved on to a dog, and an absurdist look at motherhood. About 30 Tri-State students and adults were involved as writers, actors, directors and stage hands.

General admission tickets are $5, and tickets may be reserved through the ACTC Bookstore, 606-326-2014. Tickets at the door will be available for cash or check (with photo ID) payment only. On Sunday, April 3, admission will be free to those who bring two cans of food for Safe Harbor.

Art works by students in fall and spring classes taught by Professor Wendy Fosterwelsh will be exhibited April 1 to 3 in the College Drive Theatre lobby area. The free exhibit includes acrylic paintings and drawings in graphic pencil, watercolor, colored pencil, oil pastel, soft pastel and ink.