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A new play by East Central University student Jessica Zwermann will premiere at ECU on Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Chalmers Herman Theatre inside Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

 “Covid and Relationships” is about two close friends whose already imbalanced friendship becomes even more strained when the world shuts down due to the recent pandemic. The staged reading explores jealousy, loneliness, and pandemic-era dating through the eyes of two people with very different ideas of safety and support.

Zwermann, a senior Theatre major for Bethel Acres, originally submitted the play as a thesis for the Honors Program at ECU. The play is being workshopped and offered as a staged reading to complete her senior project in Theatre. Audience members will have the option to stay after the reading for a talk-back with the playwright, cast and director, and will be asked a series of dramaturgical questions as part of the new play development process.

The play features ECU sophomore theatre majors Autumn Manus of Bristow as Averie, Emily Wigley of Stratford as Madalyn, Ky Miller of Ada as Jeremy, and freshman theatre major Brody Haley of Seminole reading stage directions. Direction and dramaturgy by Carly O'Brien, Assistant Professor and Director of Theatre.

Because Covid and Relationships contains adult language, parental discretion is advised. For more information, visit

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