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Susquehanna Theatre Student Will Direct Upcoming Production

Published on February 6, 2014

The Susquehanna University Department of Theatre will present “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley at 8 p.m. Feb. 20–22 at 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Degenstein Center Theater.The Miss Firecracker Contest Directed by Susquehanna senior Richard Bosnic, of Marriottsville, Md., the play marks the fourth year of student-directed, full-length productions.

The story takes place in Brookhaven, Miss., and follows Carnelle Scott, a woman who enters the Miss Firecracker Contest. Due to a promiscuous past, she is known around town as “Miss Hot Tamale.” To reclaim her reputation, the 24-year-old enters the contest in search of acceptance from the community. The story focuses on femininity, true beauty and self-acceptance.

In addition to several plays, Henley, an Oscar nominee, has written several movies, including the award-winning screenplay adaptation “Crimes of the Heart.”

“I am most proud of the rehearsal,” Bosnic said, “that is where the magic really happens in theater.” The annual student-directed production allows students to direct, design, manage, perform and publicize their selected work with minimal guidance from faculty. Bosnic is a theatre and communications major with a minor in Jewish studies.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for non-Susquehanna students and free for SU students. Tickets are available by visiting the box office or calling 570-372-ARTS, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

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