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Niagara U’s Short Play Festival scheduled in Leary Theatre

LEWISTON – Niagara University’s Short Play Festival will be presented Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 30-31 in the Leary Theatre.

Three cycles of 10-minute plays written by various playwrights will be presented over two weekends. Offering dramas, comedies, and everything in between, the group of 19 debuting student directors produce a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays.

The Short Play Festival will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7:30 p.m. on Jan.  23 (Cycle A) and 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 (Cycle A); and at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 (Cycle B) and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 (Cycle B); and at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 (Cycle C) and 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 (Cycle C).

The festival’s producing director is Doug Zschiegner, associate professor and associate director of Niagara University Theatre. Production manager is Jayson Clark.

Student directors of the productions include: Bre Aldinger, Arianne Davidow, Matthew J. DiVita, Elena Victoria Feliz, Karen Harty, Brett Klaczyk, Anna Krempholtz, Ian Francis LaLonde, Marina Laurendi, Kathleen Macari, Jean O’Harrow, Joshua Ranallo, Colin Reboy, Ellynn Riddell, Toni Shinkel, William Tschaepe, Alexander Utz, Bradeen Walders and Jessica Yagoda..

Ticket prices are $15 general admission for adults; $10 for seniors 62 and older, Friends of NU Theatre, NU alumni, employees and retirees; $10 for youths 21 and younger (non-NU students); and NU students with a valid NU ID are entitled to one ticket per main stage production and readers’ theater. The student rush policy allows any non-NU student, 21 and younger, with a current student ID card, to be admitted free of charge when there are seats available. Such tickets will be distributed five minutes prior to curtain. Patrons are advised to purchase a discounted youth ticket for only $10.

To purchase tickets for NU Theatre productions, visit to purchase tickets online; visit the box office in the lobby of the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, open 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain; or call the box office’s new number at 286-8685 or send an email to Voice mail messages and emails are returned as soon as possible.