Professor George McGee’s play to be produced during state fair

GEORGETOWN, KY – Playwright and Georgetown College professor of theatre George McGee joins playwrights Gary Eldridge and Tim Soulis on Monday, August 19, to see the world premieres of their newest plays produced on the Heritage Hall stage of the 2013 Kentucky State Fair.

The playwrights are having their plays produced as part of the Kentucky New Play Series by William McCann and associate producer Cheryl Brumley. Short plays by the three playwrights will be produced in the South Wing of the Fair and Exposition Center.

The event is open and free to attendees of the Fair. McGee’s work, “The Engagement,” will be performed at 11 a.m.

The plays, none of which run more than about 20 minutes, run the gamut from Soulis’s look back on a life largely lived, to McGee’s comic look at a woman trying desperately to reach out to her fiancé’s dad, to Eldridge’s play about a group of older friends who are trying to stay engaged with each other and the world around them.

McGee is director of theatre at Georgetown College. He has been performing Kentucky’s Greatest Statesman, Henry Clay, for the Kentucky Humanities Council since 1996. McGee’s undergraduate degree in drama is from Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his Master of Fine Arts at Florida Atlantic University. McGee has also served as the artistic director for the Palm Beach Children’s Theatre and the Georgetown Children’s Theatre.

Soulis, author of “A Life in the Day of Bobby/Robert,” which will be performed beginning at about 11:45 am, has been a professor at Transylvania University for nearly twenty years.

Eldridge, author of “The Beauty of Things,” whose play will be premiered at 3pm, received his BA and MA from Morehead State University, and his MFA from the University of Mississippi.

The Kentucky New Play Series is now in its second year at the Kentucky State Fair. The plays produced as part of the inaugural Series were “Outings” by Winchester playwright Mary Christopher Grogan and “Three O’clock” by William McCann of Corinth.



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