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U of I Presents Two New, Free Play Readings in February

January 28, 2022

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 28, 2022 — The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts presents free staged readings of two new works in February as part of its First Bite New Play Development Series featuring emerging U of I Master of Fine Arts playwrights. Both plays will be presented on Zoom.

“Stretched on Your Grave” by Carolyn Murray, directed by Toni Henderson-Mayers, is a play about secrets, family and friends, with three women bonding together to find a way to face a past that can no longer be ignored.

  • Register for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, Zoom performances
  • Register for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, Zoom performance

“Castlewood” by Bethany Paulsen, directed by Anna Marie Brendel, is set during the London Blitz of 1940 and is a coming-of-age exploration of escapism, grief and what it means to be happy.

  • Register for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, Zoom performances
  • Register for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Zoom performance

“Both of these scripts recently emerged from the MFA playwrights’ workshop and showed such promise on the page that we immediately programmed them for this semester’s First Bite series,” said Robert Caisley, chair of Department of Theatre Arts.

A question-and-answer session for the audience with the cast and crew will be held immediately after the Friday and Sunday shows.

For more information about “Stretched” and “Castlewood,” visit

Media Contact:

Kelly O’Neill
Media Relations, Department of Theatre Arts & Lionel Hampton School of Music

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