This March, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the 26th annual Marcia Légère Student Play Festival.
In the early 1940s, a student at UW-Madison named Marcia Légère won the first Wisconsin Playwrights Contest with a piece that her professor submitted secretly. Légère graduated from the university with a degree in Comparative Literature, going on to a successful career as a writer for documentary films and television. Twenty-six years ago, Légère decided that she wanted to give back to the university that had provided her with one of her first great accomplishments as a writer. Saddened to hear that the Wisconsin Playwrights Contest was no longer in existence, she worked with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to bring the competition back to life. Today, Légère’s generous contributions continue to give students an opportunity to produce original theatre.
The most important aspect of the Marcia Légère Student Play Festival is that it is entirely accomplished by students. This festival provides valuable opportunities for students across disciplines to explore, test, and practice the art of theatre. Ultimately, the festival itself provides the infrastructure to support a unique community of students who, like Marcia Légère herself, find friendship and personal and professional satisfaction from the dramatic arts.
The 26th annual Marcia Légère Student Play Festival will run March 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frederic March Play Circle Theater in Memorial Union. The festival is free and open to the public.