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Volume 24, Number 9 — September 2017

New play by ETSU professor to be performed at Cincinnati festival

According to playwright Cara Harker,
According to playwright Cara Harker, "Bebe" features a series of vignettes of performers who jump from scene to scene "from emotion to emotion, exposing their fears and vulnerabilities.

May 29, 2014

JOHNSON CITY A new play written by an East Tennessee State University faculty member was performed at the Cincy Fringe Festival in Cincinnati.

The play is called Bebe and is written by Cara Harker, ETSU associate professor of theatre and dance.

According to Harker, "Bebe" features a series of vignettes of performers who jump from scene to scene "from emotion to emotion, exposing their fears and vulnerabilities ... navigating their way through life and learning what it takes to openly and honestly be themselves."

"The six of us have decided to accept ourselves in all our varied, neurotic and often contradictory glory," Harker said. "We're applauding our triumphs, cringing at our failures, and rooting for each other as we learn to "just be.'"

Harker appeared in "Bebe" along with ETSU graduates Hannah Hasch, Josh Holley, Chelsea Kinser, Camielle Reed and E.T. Tarlton.

This is the third production Harker has penned. Her most recent work, "Memoir of a Mythomaniac: the True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies)," received its world premiere at the Cincy Fringe Festival in 2011 and was later performed at ETSU.

Harker directs ETSU's minor degree program in dance and is a member of the Tennessee Association of Dance board of directors. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and worked as an instructor, choreographer and instructor in Chicago and Cincinnati before coming to ETSU.

The Cincy Fringe Festival is produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati and features up to 150 performances of 33 productions during the course of 12 days.