Southeastern student receives awards at Kennedy Center Festival
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HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre’s production of “Candy Said,” an original play written by student Zach Boudreaux of Walker, was a finalist in the One Act Play category at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival hosted recently by Amarillo College and the city of Amarillo.
The play, “Candy Said,” was a finalist at the regional festival, placing it into consideration for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. If selected, the play would be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April.
“The Kennedy Center sponsors a one act play award called the, ‘John Cauble Short Play Award,’” said Jim Winter, assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “Several hundred students compete nationally for this award, and Zach was one of the 16 finalists to be nationally recognized.”
Boudreaux was recognized last year at the competition for his original play “Parking Lot Babies” that earned him a fellowship to the Kennedy Center, where he studied under professional playwrites.
“We are proud of him for reaching the final 16; it’s pretty impressive considering he was up against 400 other writers across the nation,” says Winter. “He is a great writer, and I really enjoyed working with him on this production and with ‘Parking Lot Babies.’”