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Mercer County College production benefits appearance at Kennedy Center festival


After a three-show run at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Studio Theatre, the college’s Academic and Dance Theatre students’ performance of “Desires of a Criminal, a Devised Theatrical Collage,” will return to local theater for an encore performance.

The performance will support the show’s appearance at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in January.

The benefit show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Studio Theatre adjacent to Kelsey Theatre, comes on the heels of the announcement that the MCCC original production earned a spot in Region II of the festival, held at the University of Maryland in College Park.

In addition to bringing “Desires of a Criminal” to the center, three student actors have been chosen to perform monologues and scenes at the festival. Ereaunna La Cava, Samuel Marquez and Cullen McKenna will present their acts in an attempt to earn the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition, a fund that supports students’ continuation of their acting training.

The benefit performance will support the theater and dance program’s trip to the Kennedy Center in January. Tickets are $20 for students and $40 for adults at Additionally, the program is accepting donations that will directly support the costs of attending the festival. To donate, visit and select “Performing Arts” from the dropdown menu.