KSU to present unique spoken word event


Event will allow audience to influence and affect performance For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson…

Georgia (Jan 24, 2011)Event will allow audience to influence and affect performance

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State UniversityDepartment of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present its annual "The Spoken Word" performance on Jan. 28-29 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. This year's performance, "Cutting Across The Map," will feature KSU alumnus Ariel Gratch (theatre & performance studies, 2003) and Benjamin Haas. The interactive performance will allow audience members to influence and control certain aspects of the performance through various levels of participation.

John Gentile, chair of the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance and coordinator of the event, explains that the audience will have the capacity to significantly shape the direction of the performance. Stories for the event will range from ancient Hindu myths to stories about the first nuclear bomb.

Both performers are currently doctoral candidates in performance studies at LSU. Gratch, who was named outstanding senior while at KSU, anticipates the opportunity to return to campus. "It's really great to be able to bring back everything I've learned in the last 10 years to the place where my academic and artistic foundation was laid," he explains.

Assistant Professor Charles Parrott, also a coordinator for the event, observes, "These two performers are on their way up in developing their work. This is a chance to catch them on their way up." The improvisational nature of the event, according to Parrott, will produce a unique performance. "This will be a performance that is a one-time thing. It's always going to be dependent on the mood and disposition of the performers and the interaction and sensibility of the audience. It will never be created again in the same way."

During their visit, the performers will also be participating in workshops for KSU theatre students. For the workshops, Gratch and Haas will be aided by the KSU Tellers, a student storytelling troupe that is co-sponsoring the event.

This event may not be suitable for all audiences. Tickets for the performance are $18 and are available for purchase at the KSU box office. Student tickets are available for $12. For more information, call 770-423-6650.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu