Mercyhurst professors attendNPS conference weekend
By Brenda LoweMerciad staff reporterThe National Playwright Show-case
sponsored a conferenceweekend on February 12-14 inWashington, D.C.The conference scheduled workshops and lectures discussing theprocess in
developing andthe production of new Americanplays.The showcase was initiated in1913 because there
a need forAmerican plays.
playson Broadway are British such asCATS and The Phantom of theOpera.
that there is a need
plays," said Igor
talsky, associate professor of the-atre.The conference was intended bypeople
work behind the scenesin the theatre such as directors,producers and actors.The
is headed by directorPaul Iddings, assistant professor
theatre, who brings both a profes-sional and
background tothe program. Iddings has directed,acted and taught in
York City,Washington, D.C. and Erie.
directed over fifty productions.
Before coming to
first dinner-the-atre in the nation in Williamsburg,Va. and it was there
he pro-duced/directed his first worldpremiere, After Dark.*The competition is opened toeveryone and
advertised at col-leges and trade magazines. A totalof
to 500 scripts are sent eachyear. The entries are read by twodifferent members of a committee
of 25 and
yesvotes,Stalsky reads it; if
scriptgets two no's, it is sent back to theauthor.
entries given to him, if they aregood, he passes them to Iddingswho makes the finaldecision.
Approximately 12 plays are
finalists and from them,a minimum of
and an alternateare chosen for production.
The NPS is an
exciting conceptin keeping^
the liberal fartsatmosphere at Mercyhurst Thegoals of the program are to promoteand encourage good original the-atre, to increase tiie quality of theplays received for consideration
make the playwrights nation-ally known.
For more informationon the program, contact Paul
the Mercyhurst Little
New York Woodwind Quintetto highlight pianist Kalish
New York Woodwind
Photo by Peter Schaaf
March 13 at
Se-ries will feature The New YorkWoodwind
For over 40 seasons the NewYork Woodwind Quintet
main-tained its position of pre-eminencein the field of chamber musicthrough numerous concerts andworkshops in the United States,Canada, Europe, Asia and SouthAmerica.The Quintet celebrated its35th anniversary with a three con-cert series at Carnegie Recital Hallhosting the series during
fre-quently on radio and television, andits recordings enjoy world-wideacclaim*The members of the Quintet -
Baron, flute; RonaldRose-man, oboe;
Niedrich, clari-net; Donald MacCourt, bassoon;William Purvis,
- are wellknown artists who are
in solo and chamber musiccapacities and as recording artists.Their
most distinguished ensembles: NewYork Philharmonic,
ChamberOrchestra,Bach Aria Group,
pheus, New York
Ballet Or-chestra.^ Added to their busy per-formance schedules are associa-tions with Yale University,Juil-
the Mamies College of Music,Colombia University, the StateUniversity of New York campusesat Purchase and Stony Brook and
Eastman School of Music.The New York WoodwindQuintet will be assisted by a guest
Concert Pianist Gilbert
Mr. Kalish is head
and piano at the
Musk Festival. Herecords
and None-such Records. He has appearedthroughout Europe, Asia, andwith all the major musk centers
The United States Departmentof State honored the New YorkWoodwind Quintet on five occa-sions with invitations for overseastours. In
the Quintet spent 10weeks in South America and was
the American Pavilion ofthe 19S8 Brussels World's Fair.During the summer
the Quintet embarked on a highlypraised tour of
countries in theOrient Central and South Americawere toured
in 1969 and
ensemble toured for four weeksthroughout the Soviet Union.The Concert
held at theTech Memorial High School Audi-torium, 3325 Cherry Street Theprogram will feature works byMozart,
Brahms. Tick-ets will
Computerized voting discussed
reporterAt last week's MSG meeting the idea of
Security number would
entered and the candidates would appear on the screen. The studentwould then punch in the candidate of their choice.MikeKelly.HJU.M. representative, suggested
that MSG givesome
money to the theatre productions. This money would allow studentswith Mercyhurst
to get in to the plays for free on Friday andSaturday nights. This idea was tabled until a representative from thetheatre production can come in and talk to MSG.
In other news, SAC will hold a "Family Feud" competition thisweekend and
a Stranger Calls'
will be shown
3and 7 on Sunday.
week's Mr. Mercyhurst competition wascancelled.
think that one thing that
the selection committee
was the fact that Chris was a localIperson,"Dore said.
times, local people who don't liveon campus aren't involved. ChrisCuzzola was one of these students
that isn't a resident here, he's acommuting student but still finds
time to get
a genu-ine concern for Mercyhurst whichwas reflected in his service.Cuzzola is a
Brother in theVolunteers in Probation Organiza-tion, a volunteer at the CampusMinistry, and helped in organizingthe hockey team. "I think what itreally came down to is we wereimpressed at his diversity," Dore
Basically, I guess, the grounds
for awarding me the service award
Cuzzola said. When a certain re-porter suggested Tom Dore's idea
that diversity and the fact that
Cuzzola is a commuter mostinflu-
the committee, Cuzzola re-| plied, '
I first came here, I
a commuter in the strictestsense. I kept my books in my car
| and just went
to class. But everyone|at
Campus Ministry is
a great personand when I got involved with the
Campus Ministry the fall of myjunior year, things really startedfalling
place. I really felt
Iwas part of this school and whenyou feel like you're part of some-thing, it's much easier to get in-volved."It is surprising that Cuzzolareceived the
coversfour years of service since he trans-ferred to
attendingthree other colleges.
reallysurprised [that he won the award]especially
heard the otherpeople that were running. I knowmost of
and they're all reallygreat people,"
thank Sr.Lisa Mary because she and thewhole English Department nomi-nated me, which was really nicesince it's
major," Cuzzoia said.Cuzzola also said the award wasgratifying
service that was meant to be re-turned in any way.
Cuzzola said he'snotdefinite
onhis plans after graduation, butwould like to stay involved in theMercyhurst
and serviceto others. Cuzzola said,'
I do it's going to be some type ofservice. I just
besomething about helping peoplebecause people
what's impor-tant in the world."
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