wwcdrama's Othello wins awards

from national theatre group

By: Kristi Spurgeon

Walla Walla College’s spring performance of Othello has received six awards from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and recognition for three student actors.

Directed by Marilynn Loveless, artistic director for WWC, this version of Othello was set in Bollywood, adding an exotic twist to the classic tragedy. It was performed on the WWC campus on a small stage, allowing the audience to sit on both sides of the action, providing both a unique challenge and a visual reward. The show was a collaboration between five colleges and universities, including Walla Walla College, Walla Walla Community College, Western Michigan University, Western Washington University, and Whitman College.

Six Meritorious Achievement Awards were awarded for Othello, including:
Direction – Marilynn Loveless, artistic director for Walla Walla College.
Scenic Design – Rudy Scott, WWC faculty member, and Mark Kuntz, chair of the theatre program at Western Washington University.
Costume Design – WWC freshman Mindy Vixie and senior Nelita Davamony.
Language Coach – Paul Wickline, director of theatre arts at Walla Walla Community College.

Three WWC actors, Richard Wallace as Othello’s Iago, Melissa MacPhee as Emilia, and Katie Woolever as Bianca received Irene Ryan nominations to compete in the KCACTF regional festival, which will be held in the Tri-Cities in February.

The KCACTF is a national theater education program, which strives to identify and promote quality in college-level theater productions. Walla Walla College offers a minor in drama. The program began in 1961 and has expanded to include at least two fully staged plays each year, in addition to the annual Festival of One-Acts and Festival of the Actors.

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