Anthology includes work by Transylvania students

Student playwrights at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, will soon see their writing included in an anthology for all to read.

"My #*%!^X%#! College Life,” which includes 40 monologues and some choruses from 17 of the university's students as well as a dozen other writers from around the country, will be published by Dramatic Publishing. It is the culmination of two years of work by Transylvania Professor Michael Dixon and graduate Brooke Jennett, who won the 2016 Dramatists Guild of America Young Playwright Award.

Dixon and Jennett read through more than 200 submissions to select and sequence those chosen into an hour-long performance that covers topics like social justice, gender identity, relationship boundaries and roommate etiquette.

“Throughout this creative process, Brooke and I have wanted the play to address a broad range of concerns identified by college students today,” Dixon said. “This dramatic journey reveals the difficult choices and revelatory encounters that lead to what colleges call ‘personal transformation,’ which is generally beneficial, but as this material attests, it’s never easy to change at any age, and the individual outcomes are absolutely unpredictable.”

Although no publication date has as yet been announced, the university’s theater program will read from the work over the March 30-April 2 weekend.

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