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Professor receives national recognition for theatrical work

June 17, 2011

The recent theatrical works of Loyola University New Orleans English professor and playwright John Biguenet have captured audience attention across the country and have gained critical acclaim.

“Night Train” just finished its on-stage premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre on May 29, and The New York Times’ Michael Sommers wrote, “Not so much a thriller as it is a shadowy psychological comedy. . . [‘Night Train’] delivers a seductive dash of Balkan intrigue with its illusive identities and notions of proletarian revenge.”

Biguenet is currently putting the final touches on his latest play “Broomstick.” The first public performance of the play took place as a staged reading in Houston at Stages Repertory Theatre on May 24. Biguenet describes the play as “a one-woman show in two acts about the confessions of a fairy-tale witch—her first love affair, how she discovered her powers, how she’s used them—all in rhyme and iambic pentameter, of course.” Biguenet said he would continue to develop the play throughout the next year.

Dramatists Play Service, a publishing house that licenses new works, just published Biguenet’s “Shotgun,” the second play in the “Rising Water” trilogy.

“Rising Water” opened Congo Square Theatre’s Festival on the Square in Chicago with a staged reading last February. In March, it received its eighth full production at the Anne Belk Theatre at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

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