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Student's Play Chosen for National Competition

April 10, 2003 -- A one-act play written by University of Wyoming student Thomas Campbell of Arvada, Colo., won first place in regional theatre competition and will be performed this month at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Campbell's play, "Blind Date," was selected for first place honors at the recent American College Theatre Festival in Bellingham, Wash., an annual competition for student actors, directors and playwrights representing colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The top play in the regional competition qualifies to be performed at the national festival April 14-18 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"It's about a guy and a girl who go out on a blind date, and everything starts going too well," says Campbell, a senior playwriting student. "This is something that is not expected to happen on a blind date, and they realize they have a problem. It is something I wrote for fun."

He says William Missouri Downs, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, encouraged him to enter the play in the regional ACTF competition.

At the Kennedy Center, "Blind Date" will compete against the top plays from seven other regions. The winner will receive a cash award and the play will be published.

Last year, a play written by UW student Todd McCullough of Green River won the regional competition and was performed at the Kennedy Center.

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2003

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