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DETROIT, March 24, 2011— Marygrove College is hosting its 4th Annual Dramafest on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

Launched in 2008 by Marygrove College English and Modern Languages Department Chair Donald Levin, Ph.D., DramaFest is a presentation of staged readings of original one-act plays and scenes from longer plays and is another example of the College's long tradition of offering rich cultural experiences for the community.

Marygrove’s 4th Annual Dramafest features special friends of Marygrove College, including: Detroit Free Press Columnist and Author Rochelle Riley,[i] “Star Search” Winner and Comedian Horace H.B. Sanders, local playwright, author and Biblical scholar Diane Reeder as well as Leslie Love, Marygrove Professor and Theatre Director who will premiere her third play at Dramafest: Rock, Paper, Scissors.

With an emphasis on cultivating and developing new works from African American writers, this year's DramaFest organizer, Leslie Love, invited Riley, Sanders and Reeder to share their works and experiences with Marygrove students. Earlier in the year, Love held a six-week Directing Workshop in which one Marygrove student was selected to direct a piece for DramaFest. Cortez Liley earned that honor and will be directing Reeder's play, "A Cloud of Women" based on stories about women from the Bible.

Each play is based on the theme "Love/Eros/Agape" and all are Michigan premieres:

Everybody Needs Potato Chips Sometimes by Rochelle Riley

Looking for the One! by Horace H.B. Sanders

A Cloud of Women by Diane Reeder and directed by Cortez 'Felix' Liley (Marygrove Student)

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Leslie Love

For more information about Dramafest, contact: Leslie Love (313) 927-1522.

[i] ROCHELLE RILEY is best known for her incisive commentary on social, political and cultural issues appears in the Detroit Free Press several times a week and at Rochelle also blogs at and makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio, WJR and WDIV-TV’s “Flashpoint.” And she speaks to high school and college students and to women’s, business and family organizations across the country.

The “conscience of Detroit,” Rochelle has won many state and national honors for her searing and authoritative columns about education, children and government officials. She has received four Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association awards for best column writing and a National Scripps Howard Award for her coverage of adult literacy.  The Michigan Press Association has named her Michigan’s best local columnist three times, most recently in 2010. And her columns on the text message scandal involving Detroit’s former mayor were part of the entry that won the Free Press the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local news.  She was named the 2010 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumna at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and her 1996 debut column in The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, which called for a museum honoring Louisville native Muhammad Ali, helped spur an $80 million campaign to build the Muhammad Ali Center, which opened in 2005.

But that’s Rochelle’s day job. Away from the newsroom, Rochelle has published three essay collections – “From the Heart,” “Life Lessons” and the new “Raising A Parent: Lessons My Daughter Taught Me While We Grew Up Together,” - available at She also is a playwright, screenwriter and author who has just completed her first novel and is finishing a script with her writing partner for a George Clooney film.



Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221