Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: Story by David Steinberg Photographs by Greg Sorber * Of the Journal

UNM theater festival features long and short productions and live radio comedy skits

Under the name of Dionysus taken from the ancient Greek theater, not the god of revelry the University of New Mexico sponsored a festival of short plays for five years.

This year UNM dropped Dionysus, but it is still honoring the concept of the play festival that the Greeks originated.

The replacement festival, which begins Wednesday, is called "Words Afire."

In it are three long plays, an evening of short plays and an evening of live radio comedy skits. They will run in repertory through Dec. 10 at various locations on and off the UNM campus.

Restructuring the festival by adding full-length works became mandatory when the Department of Theatre and Dance's new master in dramatic writing degree program needed a forum for them, said festival co-producer Digby Wolfe.

"Anything that gives the student-playwrights an opportunity to see their work under more professional conditions is good, especially since the writing program is producing a more professional standard of writing than it was five years ago," said Wolfe, a professor who heads the dramatic writing program. …

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