WSU Play Selected for Festival, Benefit Performance Planned

PULLMAN, Wash. — “Deconstructing Eve,” a one-act play by Washington State University students, is one of eight original plays in a six-state area that has been selected to perform at the 29th Annual Kennedy Center-American College Theater Festival in Anchorage Alaska.

The success of the show, originally performed on the Pullman campus in September, was a collaboration of four students. The script was written by Joshua Carter of Bothell, directed by Jay Secatello of Tumwater, and performed by Israel Massallo of Lakewood and Kristen Muir of Auburn.

The students will be financing the week-long trip in February, largely out of their own pockets. The faculty and students will be holding a fundraiser to pay trip expenses. The highlight of Saturday’s fund-raising activity is the revival of “Deconstructing Eve.” WSU’s improvisational theater group, Nuthouse, will accompany the performances, which will begin at 2 and 8 p.m. in Wadleigh Theater of Daggy Hall, Saturday, Jan. 27.

Along with this show, 10 WSU students have also been selected to individually compete at the festival for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Finalists for the scholarship will earn an all-expense paid trip to the national conference in Washington, D.C., and have the chance to compete at the national level.

The cost of the performance is $3 per person for general seating. The intermission will feature cheesecake desserts on sale to help raise money for the trip. In addition, in the lobby there will be an opportunity to bid on major gifts donated the theater faculty. The auction proceeds will go directly to the students’ trip to Alaska.