Bloomsburg University student nominated for National Playwriting Award

Date:  January 21, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— A play written by Justin C. Lee, a senior at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has been nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s National Playwriting Award. The full-length play, “Night of the Wannabes: An Exorcism,” tells the story of three friends whose lives are changed forever due to secrets from their past. It was produced at BU in August 2004. 

After submitting the play to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Lee, a secondary education and English major from Stroudsburg, was selected to premiere his play in January at the Kennedy Center American College Regional Festival at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. 

Out of the 11 student productions from around the United States featured at the regional festival, Lee’s play was nominated, along with two other student plays, for the National Playwriting Award.  If it wins, Lee’s play will be produced in April at the Kennedy Center American College National Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. 

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a network of more than 600 academic institutions through the country where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment.  

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.