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Feb. 22, 2005
Contact: Paul Lim, English department, (785) 864-3642.

KU women playwrights featured in Kansas City festival, March 10 to 20

LAWRENCE -- Three ten-minute plays written by University of Kansas students and a recent graduate are included in the 2005 Women's Playwriting Festival, being presented in March by Potluck Productions in the Just Off Broadway Theater, 3051 Central in Penn Valley Park, Kansas City, Mo.

Performances are March 10 to 20, at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

" Breakfast" by Kendra Finney, Overland Park junior, is a comedy about a young man who doesn't know how to please his girlfriend, so he asks his mother for help.

" The Option" by Elizabeth Dean, Bucyrus senior, is about a recently widowed mother who tries to have "the talk" with her son, a high school athlete. She tries to use football metaphors but gets them all mixed up, much to her son's embarrassment and amusement.

" Ketchup" by Kristin Soper, 2003 KU graduate from Amarillo, Texas, shows highlights from the marriage of a Midwestern couple, from early courtship to separation during World War II to the golden years.

The plays were written in playwriting classes at KU taught by Paul Stephen Lim, Conger-Gabel teaching professor of English and artistic director for English Alternative Theatre.

Both "Ketchup" and "The Option" previously have been performed at various regional festivals of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. "Breakfast" has never been staged before.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (816) 523-5038. Additional information is available at

Hometown information follows:

From Overland Park
Kendra Marie Finney, junior in psychology, daughter of Roy and Dawn Finney, Blue Valley Northwest High School graduate.

From Bucyrus
Elizabeth Mary Dean, senior in English, daughter of Michael and Mary Dean; Louisburg High School graduate.

From Amarillo
Kristin Soper, 2003 graduate in English, daughter of Mike and Heather Soper; Amarillo High School graduate. Soper based her play "Ketchup" on the lives of her grandparents, the late David Davidson and Ruth Davidson of Amarillo. Her grandparents met as young adults in Columbus, Kan., and lived most of their adult lives in New Mexico before moving to Amarillo.



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