ERIC Number: ED235526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Professionals on Campus: Bridging the Gap with "The Fortress" and a Grant.
Borchardt, Donald A.
To provide both an enriching theatre experience for students and faculty and new opportunities for women artists, the Department of Theatre Arts and Speech at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey at Newark held a competition for new plays by New Jersey women playwrights. The winning play, Leni Hamilton's "The Fortress," a story of Benedict Arnold's love affair with Peggy Shippen, was cast with professional, faculty, and student actors and directed by Susan Lehman of the Women's Project of the American Place Theatre. Despite problems in financing the production and some tensions, frustrations and disagreement, the project was generally a success. It provided a valuable educational experience for both theatre majors and students who participated in or viewed the play as part of their liberal arts education, offered a new playwright the rare opportunity of staging her work, and presented a week of performances of professional calibre. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Newark
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Minneapolis, MN, August 7-10, 1983).