Arts & Entertainment

CBC tackles discrimination with 'M Word'

Discrimination comes in many forms. Sometimes it's race-oriented while at other times, it's age, gender or sexual.

And sometimes it even shows its ugly face in the shallowness of beautiful people versus the not-so-beautiful.

And then there's the discrimination of religious choice. Such is the focus of Columbia Basin College's next production, The M Word, which opens Nov. 7 at the CBC theater on the Pasco campus.

The M Word, written by William Missouri Downs, is about a Mormon professor who is hired by the University of Wyoming for its English department.

Believe it or not, this play is categorized as a comedy/drama, which proves that humor truly can be the best medicine for what ails you.

It's a darkly comic look at the University of Wyoming 10 years after the brutal killing of gay student Matthew Shepard.

In a news release, the university described the play as an examination into the collision between perception and reality while also poking fun at campus politics.

The M Word premiered at the Wyoming college with rave reviews and is one of five plays up for the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award.

Downs will be on hand to conduct a forum on the play following the Nov. 8 production. He'll also conduct a workshop on playwriting from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. There is no cost, but preregistration is required. Call 542-5531. The workshop is open to ages 18 and older.

The M Word is rated R for strong language and not recommended for children.

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