Alvernia Theatre to Perform in Regional Festival


Alvernia University Theatre has been invited to present its production of “Low Level Panic” at the 47th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 2–6. “Low Level Panic” is one of eight full productions from the region to perform in this year’s festival.

The cast and crew of Alvernia’s “Low Level Panic” will offer two showings in the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Led by theatre professors Nathan Thomas and Brian Prather, the cast features Alvernia students Jaliza Cruz-Hererra, a political science major from Reading, Pa., Katie Evans, a communication major from Summit Hill, Pa., and Chiara Marone, a theatre major from Hawley, Pa.

"Low Level Panic" by Clare McIntyre centers on three young women — Jo, Mary, and Celia — who are flat-mates in London. In the play, Mary has recently been the victim of violent assault, and the ways in which the women do or do not respond to this fact reveals much about them and the society in which they live. Media imagery of women is an undeniable force in the lives of these women, affecting them in ways that range from the imperceptible to utterly devastating.

The Kennedy Center includes master classes with top artists from the American theater, seeing productions at leading Washington theaters, auditions for scholarships, and a national award ceremony recognizing the outstanding production of a play, a musical, a classic, and a new play; choreography; scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design; outstanding direction of a play or musical, outstanding performances by an actress and actor, and devised works.

The regional festival will also offer student and faculty workshops and auditions for summer stock and graduate school, among other opportunities.

PH: Low Level Panic

A scene from "Low Level Panic."

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