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Dr.Steve Feffer is a professor of English at Western Michigan University, and is a founding organizer of Theatre Kalamazoo's New PlayFest. He and playwright Bethany Gibson, whose Dreamgirl will be performed twice during the two-day festival, join Cara Lieurance to expand on the events of the festival and the importance of showcasing Kalamazoo's playwrights.    ​

The free festival, now in its 10th year, is Saturday and Sunday, Feb 15 and 16 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. Eight new 10-minute plays will be performed, under the direction of eight theatre organizations.

For a full schedule and more information, visit the New Playfest site.

"Theatre is not dead!" is Gordon Bolar's emphatic answer to the question posed by Paul Simon in the Simon & Garfunkle song, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme." The WMUK theater reviewer and Cara Lieurance highlight some of the upcoming productions, Jan - Jun 2020, offered by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Farmers Alley Theatre, WMU Theatre, Kalamazoo College, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, and Miller Auditorium.


Defensive back Malik Rucker catches a pass during the Western Michigan University NFL Pro Day football drills, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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An expert on sports and social justice says it’s likely that college athletes will eventually be able to make money off their name and likeness. Richard Lapchick is president of the Institute for Sports and Social Justice at the University of Central Florida. He will speak Monday night at Kalamazoo College. 


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Conductor Andrew Koehler programmed two big works for his March 2 program with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia: the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, and Alexander von Zemlinsky's Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid). Koehler tells Cara Lieurance the latter is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, and is a forgotten masterwork by a composer who was caught between old and new Viennese musical trends at the turn of the 20th century. The older Brahms, who worked on his first symphony for over 20 years, also found himself in a quandary: trying to embrace the new Romanticism while refusing to reject the legacy of Beethoven and other past masters.

The concert "A Tale Of Two Cities" will be held March 2 at 8 pm in the Dalton Theatre of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College. 


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Bianca Washington says theater should help encourage conversations, even if they are uncomfortable. Washington, guest artist and visiting faculty member at Kalamazoo College is directing a production of the play Student Body at the Festival Playhouse of K-College. Performances will be presented February 21st through the 24th.


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