American playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton visited Elon University March 3-4 for a weekend of workshops leading up to a public staged reading of her brand new script, The Inferior Sex, a funny and poignant look at 1970s feminism.

Student actors perform THE INFERIOR SEX 4 March, 2018. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

In a whirlwind 24-hour¬†period, students in the Acting and Music Theatre BFA programs read and rehearsed The Inferior Sex in two short rehearsals before bringing the script to life in front of an audience of students, faculty, and community members. The Inferior Sex is the behind-the-scenes look at a woman’s magazine that gets political and breaks new ground in an ever-changing world. Assistant Professor of Theatre History Susanne Shawyer acted as dramaturg and Assistant Professor of Acting Kim Shively served as director for the staged reading. Lawton re-worked the script during the rehearsal process, and noted audience responses to The Inferior Sex. As a playwright, Lawton often uses script readings to learn about the strengths of her writing, generate ideas, and make edits as she works on her second draft of the play. Continue reading THE INFERIOR SEX Staged Reading


THE FLOWER OF THE FERN, an original audioplay by Killian Poplyk

Theatre Studies and Cinema & Television double-major Killian Poplyk published his original audioplay, The Flower of the Fern, this week! Created as part of Poplyk’s Elon College Fellows project, the audioplay is an adaptation of a Slavic folktale. Poplyk wrote the script, cast and directed the performers, edited the vocal tracks, mixed sound effects, and composed original music for the half-hour play, now available on YouTube and SoundCloud.¬† Continue reading THE FLOWER OF THE FERN, an original audioplay by Killian Poplyk

Premiere of DEVIANTS, an original play by Jessie Bond

Deviants, an original two-act play by Theatre Studies student Jessie Bond, premiered at Elon University in February 2015. The script was created as part of Bond’s Elon College Fellows project, and the premiere performance was produced by student organization Renegade Productions. The product of two years of research and writing, Deviants played to sold-out houses in its initial run. Continue reading Premiere of DEVIANTS, an original play by Jessie Bond