Cast for Reading of Unstoppable By Design

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Jim Appleby
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Colby Clark
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Constance Teater
Unstoppable By Design, Cast of Characters, in order of appearance

Tim – Interview Committee Chair for Cornell Nick Struck
Karl – Interviewer for Cornell Jim Appleby
Dawn – Interviewer for Cornell Emma Grace Imes
Matt – guy in his mid-forties Joshua Michael Collins
Dianne – 2nd wife of Matt Monica Jenelle Teague Berry
Matt2 – Matt when he was younger Joshua Michael Collins
Mom – Matt’s mother raising four kids and separated from their father Elena Newberg
Principal – Principal of Matt’s high school Natalie Thompson
Mr. Mooney – High School English teacher Colby Clark
Kelly – 1st wife of Matt Emma Grace Imes
Dr. Atienza – Brain surgeon in Hershey, PA Elena Newberg
Nurse – Nurse in Hershey, PA Monica Jenelle Teague Berry
Rick – Former boss of Matt Colby Clark
Interviewer 1 – Interviewer for NASA Jacey Christine Fears
Interviewer 2 – Interviewer for NASA Jim Appleby
Interviewer 3 – Interviewer for NASA Constance Elizabeth Teater

Stage Directions will be read by Constance Elizabeth Teater

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Nick Struck
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Emma Imes
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Elena Newberg
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Jacey Fears

Rhoden-Goguen Honored in Frankfort

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Representative Jim Stewart III and Catherine Rhoden-Goguen
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Representative Derek Lewis and Catherine Rhoden-Goguen
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Representative Regina Huff and Catherine Rhoden-Goguen
Video of adjournment of House of Representatives

IMG_E7196[1]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local playwright and teacher to be honored by Kentucky House of Representatives For more information: Cathy Rhoden-Goguen: 606 344-0491 Rep Jim Stewart: 606 627-1072 Cathy Rhoden-Goguen, a retired teacher and active playwright, will be honored by the Kentucky House of Representatives on Thursday February 7th in Frankfort. According to Rep Jim Stewart, III, (86- R) the House will honor Ms. Rhoden-Goguen by adjourning in her honor on that day. “Ms Rhoden-Goguen will be on the floor of the House, the Clerk will read the citation in full and then the House will then stand adjourned in her honor. According to Representative Stewart, “We adjourn in honor of people and teams a great deal. When a team wins a state or national championship, or a couple reach a milestone–a 50th anniversery, for example–or a person celebrates a milestone birthday or career achievements we in the House honor them by adjourning in their honor. Still there are only 30 opportunities this session and 60 next year; it can be hard to get every deserving person recognized. It is always an honor to me when I can submit such a citation on behalf of deserving constituents such as Ms. Rhoden-Goguen. The citation offered by Rep. Stewart reads as follows: Whereas Catherine Rhoden-Goguen is a retired teacher who taught for 28 years and Whereas she is a National Board Certified Teacher, and Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen was an outstanding teacher of drama at Knox Central High School as recognized by her peers and students and the Eastern Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society (EKDAS) with its first Lifetime Achievement Award, and Whereas she has been recognized as an outstanding playwright whose plays have won awards from the Kentucky Theatre Association: her full-length play Boxes, co-written with J. Michael Radford, was runner-up in KTA’s Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest in 2015 and in 2016 her 10-minute play RE DO IT won the organization’s 10-minute play contest, and Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen’s play “May I Have Your Attention, Please?,” published in 2003 by Pioneer Drama, has received productions across the United States and Canada, Great Britain and Scotland and has won awards including the prestigious Critics Choice Award at the Wisconsin State Theatre Festival and Whereas she has had two plays published by Brooklyn Publishers, Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Looking for Mr. Right and The Most Human, and Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen is to present the Kentucky Playwrights Lecture at Union College on May 10, 2019, and Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen is a member of the Kentucky Theatre Association Board and Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen will present her latest play, Unstoppable By Design: Story of Matt Rifenburg at its first reading in Clark County, March 17, 2019. Therefore the Kentucky House of Representatives does adjourn February 7, 2019  in honor of Catherine Rhoden-Goguen.  IMG_E7190[1]

Barbourville Fairness Group Forms

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Vice President, Lu Fields speaks to the Barbourville Fairness Group

A famous excerpt by poet John Donne, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind” has sparked the formation of the Barbourville Fairness Group. The group hopes to be a catalyst for uniting, embracing and celebrating the diversity that makes up Knox County.

Vice President Lu Fields spoke to the group at its third meeting,  sharing her vision for effecting change through love. “A community should be based around all different types of people. The structure of a community is the fabric to all society and its strength is based in the foundation of love – or it should be. No two people are exactly the same, not even twins. That is what makes us wonderfully blessed. We all have something to offer” she said to the 20+ members who braved the cold weather to turn out in support of this new group and its mission. “Just like there are no two snowflakes that fall alike, the same is true of people. And like the snow we are truly only here for a short period of time. I choose to spend that time attempting to love as many people as I can.”

The positivity of this message was palpable throughout the meeting. The sentiment was vocalized well by a member who offered the suggestion, “Fairness y’all warms all” as the slogan to be written on tags to be attached to blankets which they plan to distribute for a blanket drive in December.

As the name implies, Barbourville is joining the other cities around the commonwealth which are standing up for fairness.

While the group plans to execute activism by working in partnerships with KFTC and the Fairness Campaign to enact anti-discrimination language as it pertains to employment and housing in government policies, the group also hopes to be an active presence in the community in hopes that citizens of all walks of life can appreciate differences while recognizing commonalities, and foster an appreciation for both.

There is no shortage of sad stories of people who have encountered prejudice, intolerance or hostility because of race, gender, disability, sexual identity/preferences, or religious beliefs. In spite of this, the group reiterated the positive message they will continue to implement moving forward when a group member quoted Friedrich W. Nietzsche, saying “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster…”

The Fairness Group offers much hope to the community. Someone out there may be hanging on by a thread and through kindness and fairness shown intentionally or unintentionally, the group may just be that thread.

The next meeting will take place Friday December 14 at 6 p.m. The group meets in the Union College Frances Patridge Campus Center in the Heritage Room which is on the second floor.

article by Catherine Rhoden-Goguen

https://kftc.org/blog/barbourville-fairness-group-forms

Goguen to Be Honored at State House of Representatives

IMG_5890[1]Catherine Rhoden Goguen will be honored on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Representative Jim Stewart will do the resolution to adjourn in her honor in the Kentucky State House of Representatives on that date.

Whereas Catherine Rhoden-Goguen is a retired teacher who taught for 28 years and

Whereas she is a National Board Certified Teacher, and

Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen was an outstanding teacher of drama at Knox Central High School as recognized by her peers and students and the Eastern Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society (EKDAS) with its first Lifetime Achievement Award, and

 Whereas she has been recognized as an outstanding playwright whose plays have won awards from the Kentucky Theatre Association: her full-length play Boxes, co-written with J. Michael Radford, was runner-up in KTA’s Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest in 2015 and in 2016 her 10-minute play RE DO IT won the organization’s 10-minute play contest, and
 Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen’s play “May I Have Your Attention, Please?,” published in 2003 by Pioneer Drama, has received productions across the United States and Canada, Great Britain and Scotland and has won awards including the prestigious Critics Choice Award at the Wisconsin State Theatre Festival and
 Whereas she has had two plays published by Brooklyn Publisher, Iowa: Looking for Mr. Right and The Most Human, and
 Whereas her latest play, Unstoppable By Design: The story of Matt Rifenburg will be performed in Richmond in March 2019, and
Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen was elected to the Board of the Kentucky Theatre Association, and
Whereas Ms. Rhoden-Goguen is to present the Kentucky Playwrights Lecture at Union College on May 10, 2019

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

CLAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
MANCHESTER, KY (2 performances) Dates in Spring TBA                             May 10, 2019 at Union College, Kentucky Playwrights Workshop

MEHLVILLE SR HIGH SCHOOL
SAINT LOUIS, MO   (3 performances starting December 13, 2018)

SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
MACON, GA (January 2019)

The Most Human

Callaway Public Schools
Callaway, NE