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Volunteer Spaghetti Dinner and Annual Photo on Monday, March 5th

Inge Festival Volunteers’ Dinner and Photo set for Monday

Supporters of the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas, welcome new and returning volunteers and celebrate the legions of its current ranks at the annual Inge Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Monday, March 5.  The dinner will be held in the Fireside Room of Independence Community College.  There is no charge for new or current volunteers to attend.

The evening begins with a group photo of the present and future volunteers at 6:00 p.m. in the Margaret Goheen Lobby of the William Inge Theatre.  The photo will be used in the souvenir program book as well as on thank you cards.  It is followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

Anyone who would like to become an Inge Center Volunteer can contact the Inge Center at 332-5491.

“From its inception by Margaret Goheen, citizen volunteers have sustained the amazing growth of the Inge Festival,” said Peter Ellenstein, artistic director.  “These volunteers are the ones who have enabled the Festival to become one of the nation’s most prominent and certainly the friendliest.  Each year this dinner is a kickoff to the season.  Some people will be volunteering for the first time; some have been helping for 31 years!!  We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to the Inge Festival Family”

At the dinner, chairpersons of various Inge Festival committees will tell of the varied opportunities and benefits available for volunteers.  They help the festival to produce four professional shows, scores of intriguing workshops, short scenes performed at the William Inge house, and more.

The 31st Annual William Inge Theatre Festival takes place April 18-21.  The Playwright Honoree is Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang.  His works include “M Butterfly,” “Golden Girl,” “Yellow Face,” and “Chinglish”. 

The William Inge Center for the Arts is named for the late playwright William Inge, an Independence native who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (“Picnic”) and Oscar for Best Screenplay (“Splendor in the Grass”).

Major contributors to the Inge Center’s year-round events include the Independence Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

For more information on volunteering at the William Inge Center for the Arts or its activities, call (620) 332-5491 or visit


Launching our new website

We are thrilled to present our new and improved website. We're hoping it will be much easier to navigate (and to update). :) Thanks to some incredible advice and assistant from the persuasive Tony Wood, design work from Michael Graizutis and Jacob Dubail and practical tech support from Greg Eytcheson, Charles Smith and Mike Vanderhoff, we have made it to this point.

Keep your eyes open for updates on festival preparations as we plan for our 31st annual William Inge Festival honoring David Henry Hwang, April 18, 21.

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