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URI Theatreís production of The Grapes of Wrath selected for regional competition

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 14, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department has been chosen to perform its production of The Grapes of Wrath as a regional finalist for The Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival in late January. The play by Frank Galati is from the novel by John Steinbeck. URI is the only school in Rhode Island chosen to perform.

In addition, nine URI Theatre acting students have been chosen to participate in the Irene Ryan Competition, which is held as part of this regional competition. The competition will take place at the Festival on Jan. 26 to 30, at Roberts Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College. URIís performance of The Grapes of Wrath will be held Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at Roberts Hall Auditorium.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is presented and produced by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The aim of this national theater education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theater productions. To this end, each production entered is eligible to be selected by a regional festival representative. Selected students and faculty are invited to participate in programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the Festival, involving more than 200,000 students nationwide.