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11th Big Muddy New Play Festival highlights student work, March 23-26

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Date(s) - 03/23/2023 - 03/26/2023
7:30 pm

Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater


A trip down memory lane that features four alternate endings, along with three full-length stage readings from graduate students, combine for an enchanting four days provided by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s theater and dance programs this week.

The 11th annual Big Muddy New Play Festival is Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26, in SIU’s Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater, which is in the Communications Building, Room 1045. The play, “Murphy’s Law of Pretenders,” by Pearl Moore, a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 23-25, with a matinee at 2 p.m. March 26.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students and children. Tickets are available by visiting, the SIU Ticket Office or by calling 618-453-6000.

Free staged readings are March 25

The staged readings by theater students in the MFA playwriting program are also in Moe Theater and a discussion will follow each reading. Admission is free.

The schedule, with play title, student, and hometown, is:

  • 10 a.m. — “Pledge Pawns” by Aleksei Ellis, of Kingston, Massachusetts.
  • 1 p.m. — “Titania and Oberon’s (Therapy) Road Trip” by Emily Klingensmith, of Edwardsville, who goes by the penname e.k. doolin. Her play will also be performed at the Confluence New Play Festival at 7 p.m. April 16.
  • 4 p.m. — “The Man Who Touched the Sun” by Cameron Noel, of Richmond, Virginia.
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