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Touchstone Theatre, Moravian University MFA performances and – Times News Online

Published on April 16, 2022 at 00:57

Four final student projects for their Touchstone-Moravian Master of Fine Arts in Performance Creation degree have been completed, including two projects open to the public.

Sara Group’s “Wish You Were Here: Zion” premiered online earlier in April.

Matt Prideaux will present a one-night-only performance of “Who Wants to Be Matt?”, 6:30 p.m. April 23, Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem.

Encouraging students to create new plays is at the heart of the partnership between Moravian University and Touchstone Theatre, first offered in 2018.

“This is a hands-on program where students’ creative vision will be nurtured and brought to life,” says Moravian University Theater Director Christopher Shorr.

“Touchstone Theater is the perfect partner for us in this space. Students stand side-by-side with professional artists at Touchstone, doing the real work of creating performances from scratch,” says Shorr.

The MFA in Performance Creation is an accelerated, full-time, two-year program.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to add an MFA degree to our nearly two-decade-old apprenticeship program,” says Touchstone Theater Artistic Director Jp Jordan.

“Wish You Were Here: Zion,” which has 21 segments, was inspired by a postcard.

The group visited the 230-square-mile national park in Utah in January and recorded their experiences exploring the park. Group recommends listening with headphones for the best experience.

“Who Wants to Be Matt?” de Prideaux is meant to “explore identity, sexuality, mental health, suicide, and drooling.” He warns that those in the first two rows of the theater could get wet. Performance is recommended for ages 16 or older due to “explicit and disturbing material”.

Abbie Jean Litman’s “Adventures of Knick-Knack and Paddy-Whack” was performed in a school.

Jessica Boothe’s “Rehearsal For Life” is an arts education program focused on the autism community.

Information: www.touchstone.org; 610-867-1689

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