Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 24, 2003

Theatre Performance Promotes Diversity, Tolerance among Children

School-age children throughout the United States are increasingly becoming targets or perpetrators of acts of bigotry and harassment. To address these issues, troupeWhitworth! will perform "Cootie Shots: theatrical inoculations against bigotry for kids, parents and teachers" on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Stage II of Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is $1. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Written by Norma Bowles and Mark E. Rosenthal, and directed by Whitworth adjunct faculty member and 1999 alumna Brooke Kiener, "Cootie Shots" is a series of sketches that encourage diversity and tolerance through portrayals of people representing various races, classes, genders, religions, ages and appearances. The performance is intended for children ages 8-11, but people of all ages are welcome.

In addition to the December performance, troupeWhitworth! will perform "Cootie Shots" this spring at local elementary schools, and Kiener and the actors will host discussions after each show. Esther Louie, assistant dean of programming and diversity at Whitworth, and Kiener also will be available to lead pre- and post-performance anti-bullying and anti-harassment workshops at the schools. To schedule a performance and workshop, please e-mail Brooke Kiener at bkiener@whitworth.edu.

TroupeWhitworth! is a chamber-theatre ensemble that performs at Whitworth as well as in the Spokane community. The members of troupeWhitworth! perform with minimal sets and costumes, so establishment of character and setting depends on the actors. The ensemble's recent tours have included performances of Island of Skog, This Is Shakespeare, Frog and Toad and Friends, and Seuss on the Loose Deuce.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Esther Louie, assistant dean of programming and diversity, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4572 or elouie@whitworth.edu.

Kathy Fechter, academic program assistant for psychology/communications/theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or kfechter@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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