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College of Saint Mary presents staged reading of Glass Slippers

Thursday, April 8, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. – College of Saint Mary is excited to host a virtual staged reading of Glass Slippers from April 22-25. Presented by Sarah Klocke, CSM associate professor of theatre & communications, Glass Slippers is the first winner of the CSM New Works Initiative call for original one-act play scripts. This piece will be prerecorded and will run for roughly 45 minutes.

“It’s absolutely thrilling to host the first winner of the newly established call for original one-acts through the CSM New Works Initiative,” said Sarah Klocke, director of theatre and communications at CSM. “This annual event will facilitate student engagement with theatre professionals and promote empowerment through public speaking and performance.”

Glass Slippers, written by Quinn D. Eli, tells the story of Abigail, a newly promoted TV executive who is frantically searching for a cast for her show The Cinderella Chronicles, and Cynthia, an underappreciated temporary worker assigned to work for the show. Like the fairy tale character Cinderella, both women struggle with insecurities and often lose themselves in a vain attempt to please everyone. Their interactions with each other and confrontations with the potential cast for the show ultimately help them to realize their self-worth and capabilities and achieve their own version of “happily ever after”.

Eli’s short plays have appeared in Best American Ten-Minute Plays and been produced throughout the country. He teaches in the theater program at the Community College of Philadelphia and has served as a playwright-in-residence at Philadelphia’s historic Plays and Players Theatre. Eli is a two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and currently resides in Philadelphia.

This unique online performance will be released Thursday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 25. The video will be released on CSM’s website by 7:00 p.m., April 22. For more information, visit