Alpha Psi Omega At Concord University Presents Student Written And Directed One-Act Plays

Laya Gilpin (left) and Jimmy Wilburn (right)

ATHENS, W.Va. – Alpha Psi Presents: Two One-Act Plays will be performed in Concord University’s H.C. Paul Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. The plays are written and directed by Concord students.

The general public is invited to join the Concord University campus community in attending. Admission is free, but donations to Alpha Psi Omega, CU’s theatre honorary, will be accepted and refreshments will be sold. For more information contact the organization’s faculty advisor, Karen Vuranch, at or call 304-384-5259.

Concord University students have been able to participate in all facets of the theatre experience. Last year, Mark Botts, an instructor in the English Department, taught a class in play writing. Students learned all of the aspects of writing a play and each completed a one-act play. Two of those plays have been selected for production and will be performed on Feb. 28.

What Lies Beyond the Keys was written and will be directed by Laya Gilpin.  Gilpin is a Mercer County native and a senior at Concord University. She is double majoring in Broadcasting and Theatre and will graduate this May.  She recently completed her capstone project by working as a producer for WVVA-TV in Bluefield.  She currently serves as President for the Concord University chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Xi.

The second play, All in Time, was written by Laura Lin. Lin is a non-traditional student who returned to her university studies to complete a Creative Writing degree. She now works at the Concord University Library. Jimmy Wilburn, a Theatre major from Van, WV, will direct the production. Wilburn is active in the CU Theatre Department and serves as Historian for Alpha Psi Omega.

Alpha Psi Omega is a national theatre honorary society.  Its purpose is to encourage dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career.  The Concord Chapter, Beta Xi, meets weekly and creates a variety of theatrical opportunities for the members.  The production on Feb. 28, part of a series entitled Alpha Psi Presents, allows students to experience all aspects of theatre production.  In addition, students participate in fundraising projects such as delivering Shakespeare Grams on Valentine’s Day and other special events.

To be a member of the national organization, a student must participate in at least three theatre activities in the CU Theatre Department, either as an actor, in technical or backstage work or other aspects of production.  In the Beta Xi chapter, these members are referred to as having “Star Status.”  Those who have not yet qualified for national membership are still permitted to participate and are referred to as an “Understudy.”


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement 
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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