Play Written by WSCC English Professor

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Faculty at Washington State Community College (WSCC) have a passion for the subjects they teach. A play written by Mickey Kessler, WSCC associate professor of English composition and literature, was recently performed as a staged reading at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

The play "Tribunal" is set in Nuremburg, Germany during the war crimes trial of the 1945-46. According to Kessler, "Tribunal" examines the triumph of ideology over rationality, and the devastation that results.

"The purpose of a reading is to see how the play works on stage, to see it brought to life by interpretive artists and to view the audience response," explains Kessler. "It helps the writer determine what to add, what can be cut, what functioned well and what needs more work."

Kessler was pleased when the senior class of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Drama, one of the most prestigious conservatory programs in the country, offered to perform a reading in December. "The CMU students truly put their hearts into it," says Kessler. "After the performance, I had a very productive talkback session with the cast and director and several audience members. Everyone was quite enthusiastic about the play, which was extremely gratifying."

The next step for "Tribunal" will be a full production. ""The script is currently under consideration by a number of theatres, all the way from Los Angeles to Amsterdam," notes Kessler.

"We are continually pleased that our faculty pursue academic interests that enrich their teaching," says Ben Rutherford, interim dean of WSCC arts & sciences. "Mickey's latest effort is an example of the talent we have on staff here at Washington State Community College."

Mickey Kessler received his bachelor's degree from Youngstown State and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He's written over twenty works for the stage and screen. Kessler joined the faculty at Washington State Community College in 2003.

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