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McDaniel College Presents World Premiere of WENDELL, Beginning Tonight


McDaniel College theatre arts students perform in the world-premiere of "Wendell," loosely based on the play "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner. Performances are today, April 15 - Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., in WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. (Note: the show is for mature audiences only.)

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, veterans, students and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call 410-857-2448.

McDaniel visiting theatre arts lecturer John Moletress directs the play, which he adapted from Büchner's 1837 fragmented tragedy of a young, broken soldier and transported it to present day Charles County, Md.

"At the heart of 'Wendell' is war," Moletress said. "War in the literal, a father returning from a tour of duty in Iraq. War in the metaphorical, or the war inside us, longing for human connection. 'Wendell' plays very fast and loose with 'Woyzeck,' making tiny, gestural movements towards Buchner's play. Characters of 'Wendell' take breath from 'Woyzeck,' however they find themselves in the present day where the Maryland suburbs have replaced provincial Germany."

The cast includes senior Emily Wendler of Baltimore, junior Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor, N.J., sophomore Adam Vaughn of Columbia, Md., and freshmen Bryan Bowen of North Beach, Md., Andrew Frascella of Rockville, Md., and Brandon Richards of Chesapeake Beach, Md.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 410-857-2448. Visit for more information about the college and the theatre arts department.

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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