Playwright to visit campus Oct. 5

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Walt McGough

Walt McGough, the Boston playwright who penned the CCRI Players' season opener, "The Haberdasher," will lead a playwriting workshop at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Room 4076 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

"It will be great for our students and our actors, but it is also for anybody who is interested in playwriting or writing in general," said Associate Professor Luke Sutherland.

"The Haberdasher" chronicles the story of Antoinette, a haberdasher's apprentice who suddenly finds herself swept up in a whirlwind of criminals, court intrigue and a curiously counterfeit locket. The stakes in Antoinette's world are life-of-death and nothing is as it seems. The dashing tale of derring-do features mistaken identities and plenty of swashbucklery.

"Thematically it's about a young girl who has the skills and the grit to take on her destiny as her destiny is thrust upon her," he said. The play's themes of equality and gender are well-suited for 2016, Sutherland said.

"Now here we have our first female presidential candidate for a major party, our first female president here at CCRI, our first female governor. It's funny how all of a sudden all the things we picked for a show are now playing out in real life," Sutherland said.

For students performing in the show, McGough's visit will offer an opportunity to get a deeper dramatic understanding of "The Haberdasher" by talking about the playwright's methodology and the thinking behind the work.

"Speaking as an acting teacher, there is nothing greater in the world than for actors, especially in-training actors, to be able to communicate directly with the playwright they are working on at the moment," Clement said.

"To be able to have a sense of his practice and his way of writing and his mentality is such an important lens to look at the work as actors, designers and technicians."

McGough's visit is sponsored by the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities.

The CCRI Players will perform The Haberdasher at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23 in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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