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Discovery New Theatre brings new works to Muncie

Contributed by: Renee Busha
Published: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:00 AM
This weekend, students will partake in three staged readings while working alongside nationally renowned playwright Steven Dietz and the Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre, Courtney Sale.

A team of 15 students have organized the festival since early January with the assistance of Ball State professor, Tom Horan, who was brought to Ball State through an Academic Excellence Grant. They narrowed a list of around 300 submissions down to two finalists: Honors Students by Mariah MacCarthy, and The Veils by Hope Villanueva.

Honors Students tells the story of Kora and Minnie, best friends who aren’t as honorable as they seem. When their volatile relationship is threatened by awkward YouTube sensation Megan, all bets are off. In traditions of Heathers and Virgin Suicides, Honors Students asks one question: who will survive?

In The Veils, Mel, a former marine, returns home from deployment in Afghanistan to begin planning her wedding. While trying to find a wedding dress Mel struggles with a brewing family resentment and the horrors of what she dealt with overseas. Will she be able to fight her demons and fix her relationships with her family, or will her ghosts be more than she can handle?

Additionally, a reading of the post-apocalyptic musical comedy Bunkerville, the winner of last year’s Discovery New Musical Festival, will take place.

Festival Schedule:
>Friday, May 19th at 7:30pm: Reading of Bunkerville in University Theatre at Ball State University
>Saturday, May 20th at 12:00pm: Reading of Honors Students in Strother Theatre at Ball State University
>Saturday, May 20th at 4:00pm: Reading of The Veils in Strother Theatre at Ball State University
>Sunday, May 21st at 2:30pm: Presentation of highlights from the readings at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis.

The festival is free to the public.

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