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College plans readings, workshops

Despite the pandemic, Lycoming College keeps its 2020-21 theatre season alive with a series of virtual readings and workshops in February and March.

Helming the reading series is Nigel Semaj, who earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Lycoming College in 2017, and graduated in 2020 from the New School with an M.F A. in directing.

Semaj is a nonbinary New York City-based director, movement director, choreographer and educator, originally from Washington, D.C., who returns to Lycoming College to organize and direct this project.

The series is entitled “dismantled,” which is intended to facilitate and encourage societal change, most specifically, problems of race.

Four different virtual readings will address a variety of topics relayed to Black lives and discussions on race in America, followed by talkbacks with invited guests.

All four live performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are free and open to the public, and can be accessed at https://www.lycoming.edu/teatre/schedule.aspx.

The series begins with “A Case for Black Girls setting Central Park on Fire,” part of a four-play collection called Plays In Recovery, which follows a 12-year-old Black girl, her dog, and her imaginary friend as she learns to process her trauma.

The dates and titles of the four play presentations:

• Feb. 20: “A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire”

• Feb. 27: “Collective Empathy Formation from 1968 to 2018”

• Mar. 6: “Spell Number 7”

• Mar. 13: “Lyon’s Den”

Associate Professor and Chair of Lycoming’s Theatre Department Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D. says “I am looking forward to seeing college-wide attendance at these workshops and talkbacks in the hopes of engaging as many people as possible in meaningful conversations and discussions, both on campus and from our broader community.”

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