FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 28, 2014) – Selected from approximately 40 college and university submissions, the cast of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus’s production of “The Good Woman of Szechwan” will be the only two-year college to perform next month at the invitational Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Louisiana.
Approximately 20 Northwest Campus theater students will be among the six colleges and universities performing during the festival from Feb. 25 to March 1 at the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport. TCC will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Prior to the festival, Northwest students will present the play on their campus at 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23. Show times on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. General admission is $6; tickets for students and seniors are $3; and, admission is free for TCC faculty, staff and students.
“The Good Woman of Szechwan” is a re-imagining of Bertolt Brecht’s musical parable about the struggle to live a moral life in a society corrupted by greed and selfishness. Three gods visit the mythical city of Szechwan in search of a “good” person, only to find one in a humble prostitute named Shen Te. Soon, a gift from the gods forces Shen Te to invent an alter ego in order to protect herself and her new-found wealth. A wildly entertaining examination of the relationship between economic systems and the moral standards they produce, this production features original music composed by Anne Watts with her band, Boister.
While at the festival, TCC students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including workshops presented by college/university faculty and industry professionals, playwriting competitions, design competitions, directing exhibitions, improv sessions and a10-minute play festival.
Southeast Campus theater students will also attend the festival because their production of “The Laramie Project” made the final level in consideration to be selected to be performed.
Since its inception in 1969, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improved their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended about 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
The KCACTF network has grown to include more than 600 academic institutions throughout the United States, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondent in eight regions. TCC is part of the Region 6 comprised of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.