Faculty Playwright Earns Publication
Congratulations are in order for NIU School of Theatre and Dance instructor Luke Krueger - Luke was recently notified that he has another play accepted for publication! As you may be aware, publication for a playwright is extremely difficult. There are few publishers of plays, and plenty of writers scratching to get one of the coveted slots. So this is very exciting news, indeed.
Canterbury Tales was written in 2012 for the incoming freshman BFA acting majors at NIU and their showcase performance for the School of Theatre and Dance. The play is not simply a retelling of the tales. Rather, the story is intertwined with the intrigue at the court of Richard II and his fight with Henry Bolingbroke, and the struggle for English to become the language of court. Luke says that the tales themselves were fun to create in that he also translated them from the original middle English, although some French and middle English still survived in the script. The piece was directed and developed with the help of another School of Theatre and Dance faculty member, Stanton Davis.
Luke has had the pleasure over the last three years of writing the freshman showcase pieces. Of the three that he has written, two will now be published (Young Goodman Brown  was published by Playscripts, Inc. , and now Canterbury Tales , will be published by Next Stage Press ); Us American Players, the freshman BFA showcase piece for this year, has not yet been circulated to publishers.
When Canterbury Tales is published, it will include the original production information: who played what role, the director, designers, stage manager, and that the NIU School of Theatre and Dance produced it under the direction of Alexander Gelman. It is quite thrilling to think that we have now had two consecutive BFA classes who can show published scripts with their names in them as the original cast.