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Lafayette’s eighth annual Fringe Festival, a showcase for original plays, music, poetry, performance pieces, scenes, dance, and improvisation by Lafayette students, is under way.

Events are free of charge. For more information, call (610) 330-5326.

At noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, creative writing students of English professor Lee Upton will present a poetry reading entitled “No Poetry in the Champagne Room” in the Marlo Room of the Farinon College Center. Performances by Lafayette student a capella groups Cadence and the Chorduroys will also be featured. A pizza lunch will be served at no cost. An open reading will follow the students’ selections. Organized by the Creative Writing class (English 255), the event is sponsored by Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Arts Society, and the English Department.

Scheduled to participate are Ian Bibby ’02 (Bethesda, Md.), Bradley Dull ’01 (Willow Grove, Pa.), Leif Engvik ’02 (Newton, N.J.), David Goff ’02 (Hockessin, Del.), Robert Hawkey ’01 (Hainesport, N.J.), and Shana Hennigan ’01 (Moscow, Pa.).

Also Joseph Hickson ’02 (Hampden, Mass.), Greg Hillman ’02 (Sea Girt, N.J.), Austin Hinckley ’01 (Scarsdale, N.Y.), John Ickowicz ’01 (Queens, N.Y.), Scott Kraus ’03 (Bridgewater, N.J.), and Tana Zerr ’02 (Hamburg, Pa.). Hawkey will also be master of ceremonies.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, student performances will take center stage in the Williams Center for the Arts. Here is a tentative schedule:

  • 8:00 p.m., “Not Today,” music by Brian Clark ’04 (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Jeremy Deaner ’04 (Madison, Wisc.) and Joe Benoit ’04 (Middletown, N.J.)
  • 8:20 p.m., “Preludes and Closures,” music and poetry by Stephen Chiger ’01 (Westfield, N.J.)
  • 8:30 p.m., “A Performance By Fools: Barbara Ann,” by Andrew Colton ’02 (Hicksville, N.Y.), Scott Featherman ’01 (Elmira, N.Y.), Andrew Bennett ’01 (Fair Haven, N.J.), and Mark Comanducci ’01 (Colts Neck, N.J.).
  • 8:40 p.m., “Love with ‘Cojones,’” – poetry by Ricardo Bogaert-Alvarez, assistant professor of chemical engineering
  • 9:00 p.m., songs by Kira Stackhouse ’02 (Easton, Pa.) and Liza Zitelli ’02 (Bergenfield, N.J.)
  • 9:15 p.m., “That Certain Someone,” a performance by Played Out Peer Theater
  • 9:30 p.m., a musical compilation by Heron Mochny ’01 (New Delhi, India), Prajno Malla ’03 (New York, N.Y.), and Rick El-Darwish ’03 (Ferney-Voltaire, France).

Lafayette’s cultural and theater programs will host dancer-choreographer Sean Curran in a day-long teaching residency in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The residency will include two workshops at Williams Center. At 1:15 p.m., Curran will present a workshop for students of Michael C. O’Neill, Lafayette’s director of theater. At 8 p.m. Curran will give a workshop on “body percussion,” a fun and informative learning experience in rhythmic awareness, body movement, and the musicality of theater performance. The evening workshop is particularly valuable for theatre and dance students, but no experience or special training is required.

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