Concord University Students Tackle Award-Winning Dramatic Play

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 10 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,       



ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University students have come together for an independent production of Michael Christofer’s “The Shadow Box” April 10-12 at 7 p.m. on Concord University’s Subway Stage in Athens, W.Va. All shows are free to the public with donations accepted.

Produced and directed by Greg Stamp, a senior communications major, “The Shadow Box” follows three hospice patients and their families facing death and all its consequences. The play debuted on Broadway in 1977 and tackled contemporary social issues including ideas of family, homosexuality, and the changing face of death. It received both the 1977 Tony® Award for Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“It’s very much a product of its time…but still has messages relevant to today,” Stamp says. “In many ways, the issues these characters struggle with are still very much present, and we still don’t have many answers.”

“The Shadow Box” is Stamp’s second independent production, following last October’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” It features CU students Scott Shorter as Joe, Ryan Lilly as Brian and Caroline Hachem as Felicity, the three hospice patients. Briana Gunter and Dakota Shortridge return from “Complete Works” as Joe’s tightly-wound wife Maggie and Brian’s estranged former wife Beverly, respectively.

Donations will be split between financing the production and the Community Hospices of America Foundation. The CHA Foundation, according to their website, “assists hospice patients and their families during the difficulties of terminal illness by making financial grants for services and products not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance.” CHA provides grants to and helps support the Hospice Compassus in Princeton, W.Va.

Rights for “The Shadow Box” are held by Samuel French, Inc.


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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.