Taking the stage, Vanguard student Elizabeth Hofeld’s After Her and The Little Match Girl are top finalist plays for the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
The festival will take place in February 2014 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Hofeld’s plays will be performed as concert readings at the festival. Depending on the performances, the plays could be considered for further competition at the national level.
“It is pretty extraordinary to be selected,” Hofeld said. It was exciting to have the work she poured so much time, effort and heart into be recognized and considered good by professional writers, she said. “These stories have taken a lot of time and effort to write, so it’s just thrilling that they’ll get a chance to breathe in front of an audience and get so much more exposure,” she added.
Looking forward to the festival, Hofeld said she is excited to receive feedback and constructive criticism from some of the top playwriting professionals from around the country. She also looks forward to meeting other student playwrights and experience the learning environment that KCACTF provides, she said. Planning to graduate in December 2014, Hofeld is a double major in Theater and English with an emphasis in Performance and Creative Writing.
Selected as one of the top six 10-minute plays from the KCACTF Region VIII, After Her is a play about an elderly couple’s relationship as they deal with the wife’s decline into the stages of Alzheimer’s. It is based on the real-life story of Hofeld’s grandparents.
As one of the three one-act play finalists to be presented at the festival, Hofeld’s The Little Match Girl tells the story of a little girl selling matches on Christmas eve and the encounters she has with people from around the town. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story shows how the spirit of Christmas is greater than poverty, Hofeld said.
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