Press Release / Jan. 15, 2013

Performing arts opens winter season with comedy Feb. 14-17

The Savannah College of Art and Design performing arts department is slated to open its winter season Feb. 14, with the comedy "Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen."

Written by SCAD performing arts and dramatic writing professor Kathryn Walat and directed by professor Mark Tymchyshyn, the play runs through Feb. 17, at Mondanaro Theater, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

"'Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen' is a comedy about being the smartest girl in the class. Victoria Martin is the third most popular sophomore at Longwood High, who unwittingly finds herself on the high school math team," Walat said. "In a struggle to decide if her newfound talent and passion for math is worth the possible damage to her social standing, Victoria must decide who she really is and what kind of person she wants to be."

"Victoria Martin" opened off-Broadway in 2007 and has since been performed across the country.

"More generally, it's the story of figuring out who you are and how you want to be - a big question in high school, but also one that we come up against again and again in our lives," Walat said. "I'm thrilled now for the play's production at SCAD. Our talented and exuberant students are perfect for bringing these characters to life."

Walat has taught at SCAD since 2010. She has received new play commissions from MCC Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre, and her work has been developed at the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, and the National Playwrights Conference - Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Walat is an affiliate playwright with the Obie Award-winning theater company New Georges, and a member of off-Broadway's MCC's Playwrights' Coalition.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 14-16, at 8 p.m., and Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 with senior, student or military ID. The Feb. 14 performance is free to those possessing a valid SCAD ID.

Purchase tickets at the Savannah Box Office,, or by calling 912.525.5050.

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