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  • New playwright residency program allows theatre students to work on new plays

    Photo of four actors on stage in front of music stands, three men and one woman. The two on the ends seated and the two in the middle standing.There are two video boards with abstract images behind them.

    Illinois theatre students are presenting the first public readings of “A Darkling at Nightfall,” a new play by Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, a playwright at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Backstrom is developing the new play through the inaugural workshop of the theatre department’s Daniel J. Sullivan Playwright-in-Residence Program.

    Noah Smith as Liridon Sterling, Kim Fernandez as Evren Andraste, Joseph Primes as Darkling and Jamal Turner as Eld rehearse “A Darkling at Nightfall.”

    Photo by Darrell Hoemann


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