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October 31, 2008
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Drake to host 'Carnage in the Corn' stage combat workshop

Drake University will host "Carnage in the
Corn," a stage combat workshop sanctioned by the Society of American Fight
Directors, Nov. 22-23 in the Harmon Fine Arts Center. The workshop is open to the public with registration
required.

"There are not many opportunities to get hands-on
stage combat training anywhere, especially in the Midwest," said Karla Kash,
a member of SAFD and visiting assistant professor at Drake. "This is going
to bring something new, cutting edge and fun to the Drake and theatre
communities."

Stage combat experts will teach courses such as "Groin
Shots are Funny," Sword vs. Spear," "Gladiators of the English
Stage" and "Duel vs. Ambush." They are:

  • Michael
    Chin -- fight master, fight director and certified teacher with SAFD
  • Michael
    "MJ" Johnson -- fight director with Epic Theatre, Fluid Motion,
    Sonnett Rep and the Lady Cavalier Theatre Company
  • Ian
    Borden -- professor of practice for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre
    and Film at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Brian
    LeTraunik -- fight director and stage combat teacher from Macomb, Ill.
  • D.C.
    Wright -- fight director and stage combat teacher

Lecture classes also are being offered for people who don't
participate in the physical challenges but are interested in learning about the
history and theory of stage combat from field experts.

Registration costs for the entire conference are:

  • Drake
    students, faculty and staff, SAFD members -- $125
  • General
    registration -- $150
  • Lecture
    registration only -- $40
  • Drake
    students, faculty and staff, SAFD members and lecture only
    registration -- $125

Participants also can register for a single day. Those
costs are:

  • General
    registration -- $80
  • Drake
    students, faculty and staff, SAFD members -- $70
  • Lecture
    registration only -- $25
  • Drake
    students, faculty and staff, SAFD members and lecture only
    registration -- $20

For more information, or to register send an e-mail to
carnageinthecorn@yahoo.com.