10/15/2004

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Contact: Paul Lim, English department, (785) 864-3642

EAT to stage reading of 7 new plays about artist formerly known as Godzilla

LAWRENCE -- "Zodgyra and the Seven Deadly Sins," a staged reading of seven new 10-minute plays about the artist formerly known as Godzilla, will be presented by English Alternative Theatre at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Lawrence Arts Center.

When the call went out from EAT to its roster of playwrights, including University of Kansas alumni and current students, to create plays featuring the enigmatic Japanese monster dealing with the seven deadly sins, the following responded: Will Averill ("Anger"), David Huffman ("Greed"), Jonathan Langford ("Pride"), Tim Macy ("Gluttony"), Chris Nelson ("Lust"), Alan Newton ("Envy") and Paul Shoulberg ("Sloth").

The readers include Nelson, Grant Goodman, Karl Ramberg, Shawn Trimble, Jessica Durrett, Jacqueline Grunau, Andrew Bullington, Joel Bales and Adam Merker. Paul Stephen Lim is the director, Phil Walter is the stage manager, and Lee Saylor is the scenic and lighting designer.

Admission to the staged reading is free. The event is being held in conjunction with the KU symposium "In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage" Oct. 28-30. For more information on Godzilla 50th-anniversary events in Lawrence, visit http://www.g2004.ku.edu.

The playwrights' and readers' hometown information:
DICKINSON COUNTY
From Abilene and Pratt
Joel Bales, bachelor's in journalism, 2004, son of Roger Bales of Abilene and Judy Bales of Pratt; Pratt High School; reader.
DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
William S. Averill, KU alumnus living in England, son of Ric and Jeanne Averill; playwright.
Andrew Bullington, junior majoring in theatre and film, son of Bobbi Rahder and Stuart Bullington; Lawrence Free State High School; reader.
Grant Goodman, KU professor emeritus of history; reader.
Jonathan P. Langford, bachelor's degree in English, 2004; playwright.
Chris N. Nelson, senior in English, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Nelson; Lawrence High School graduate; playwright.
Karl M. Ramberg, 1972 alumnus and Lawrence artist; reader.
David Lee Huffman, bachelor's, 2002, master's, 2004, both in English; son of Mr. and Mrs. D.I. Huffman, Neosho, Mo.; playwright.
MARION COUNTY
From Hillsboro
Jacqueline Grunau, senior majoring in anthropology, daughter of Charles Grunau, Hillsboro High School; reader.
JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Phillip Walter, senior majoring in theatre and film, son of Steve and Patricia Walter; Olathe East High School; stage manager.
From Stilwell
Adam Merker, bachelor's in journalism, 2001; son of Patti Glass; reader.
PRATT COUNTY
From Pratt and Abilene
Joel Bales, bachelor's in journalism, 2004; son of Judy Bales of Pratt and Roger Bales of Abilene; Pratt High School graduate; reader.
SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Timothy Dylan Macy, bachelor's in 2002, master's in 2004, both in English; son of Jessica Macy; playwright.
Shawn Trimble, master's in religious studies, 1996; son of Mickey and Linda Trimble of Topeka; reader.
FLORIDA
From Pompano Beach
Alan Keith Newton, doctorate in English, 2002; master's University of Virginia; bachelor's from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; playwright.
INDIANA
From Bloomington
Paul Shoulberg, bachelor's in theatre and film, 2004; playwright.
MICHIGAN
From Battle Creek
Jessica Durrett, senior in English; daughter of James and Johanna Durrett; Kellogg Community College; reader.

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