Theater Program Earns National Kennedy Center Award | Linn-Benton Community College

theater production of I Got GunsAwards for Distinguished Performance, Original Music, & Ensemble Performance!

The LBCC Theater Program received national recognition from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for its original play “I Got Guns.” LBCC’s was the only community college production selected from two-year colleges and universities in the nine Pacific Northwest states. Written by LBCC Theater Director Dan Stone, the play picked up awards for directing, ensemble and original music. Stone received a Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Artistry Award for his play, which examines political viewpoints and gun issues using improvisational Commedia dell’arte style theater. Stone originally wrote the play in 2016. Although rooted in comedy, the play does not attempt to ignore the tragedy of gun violence, but instead chooses to focus on all sides of the extreme politics we see today.

scene from I Got Guns“It’s a very serious issue we’re talking about,” said Stone. “We make it clear in the beginning of the play that we’re making fun of people who deserve to be made fun of. It focuses on extreme politics, not just gun ownership.”

Student awards included LBCC graduate Alyson Fewless for Original Music; TJ Hagey and Falyn Lazerus, Distinguished Performance in a Play; and Hagey, Lazerus, Sophie Brown, Austin Allen, Nate McCullough and Korina Rayburn, Distinguished Achievement in Ensemble Performance awards.

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