Around Webster: Erickson’s Play in Woodward/Newman Nod; Kleinman ‘Fiddles’ on KDHX

| May 31, 2013

Recent accomplishments by Webster University faculy and staff include:

Erickson’s Play Honored

Erickson

Erickson

Webster English professor Michael Erickson‘s play Honor Student was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Woodward/Newman playwriting award. Exploring the timely topic of school gun violence, Erikson’s play was developed while he was playwright-in-residence at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, Tenn., last year.

It was selected for development and a public reading at the Great Plains Theater Conference and won the Coe College national new play contest when Erickson was there in March leading playwriting workshops. Honor Student was also a finalist in several other national new play contests.

The play concerns a student in a college creative writing class writes a story about a student, much like himself, who brings a gun to class and begins shooting his classmates and instructor, much like the actual people in the class. Fearful that the story is a blueprint for a real shooting, the instructor alerts university officials and tries to have the student removed from her class. But the student fights back. He argues she is trying to censor his freedom of speech, and that she is biased against him. The instructor is soon on the defensive. Her career and her reputation are on the line. Has she overreacted? Or is there something deeper, more dangerous lurking here?”

Kleinman Hosts Fiddle Music on KDHX

Kleinman

Kleinman

Assistant director of undergraduate advising and adjunct professor Kim Kleinman presented a show of fiddle music on the KDHX FM 88.1 Community Radio show “Music from the Hills” on Sunday, May 26.

Genres included various European and American folk traditions, including Greek, Klezmer, Romanian, Old Time, Finnish and Spanish Celtic.

You can catch the show until June 9 at: http://kdhx.org/play/radio-shows/music-from-the-hills.

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