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FERRUM ALUM TO PREMIERE NEW STEPHENSON PLAY ON PENINSULA

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April 19, 2004

 Dean Browell ,  (540) 365-4301, dbrowell@ferrum.edu

       YORKTOWN, VA-- Tony Pica, a 2003 Ferrum College graduate, will be directing the world premier of Jack Tales, Too the fourth published collection of Jack Tale stories for children written by his former mentor Rex Stephenson, Professor of Drama at Ferrum College. Pica will present the play in a small tour of the Virginia peninsula including stops at Magruder Elementary on Thursday, May 27 at 1:15pm and Waller Mill Elementary on Friday, May 28 at 10:00am. Upcoming shows include Yorktown Middle School, Queens Lake Middle School and Bruton High School. The shows will be performed by high school students in the Bruton Players of Yorktown, VA. Jack Tales, Too will be published by Encore Performance Publishing this summer.

     “It is a great honor and challenge for me to be directing Dr. Stephenson’s newly published play, ‘The Jack Tales Too.’ As a former student of Dr. Stephenson, I learned a great deal of his stylized approach to these unique plays. I intend to pass the tradition on to my students through his work as he did with me,” said director Tony Pica.

     Jack Tales, Too features the popular Jack Tales stories for children, collected by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and adapted for the stage. Stephenson has collected and dramatized a variety of tales about the folk hero Jack, as well as other stories based on the folklore and history of the Appalachian region. In 1991, six of his scripts were published by I. E. Clark in The Jack Tales: Folk Stories from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

     Stephenson has written over 20 published plays and was the 1993 winner of The American Alliance for Theatre and Education for "Too Free for Me" and the IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Competition award for "Excellence in Playwrighting" for "Jack's Adventures with the King's Girl," in 1996. Stephenson received the Appalachian College Association's "Faculty Research Fellowship" to research and write "The World is My Parish."

For more information about Jack Tales, Too or the Jack Tales Players, contact Rex Stephenson (540) 365-4335.

     Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit www.ferrum.edu. ###

 

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