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Live from the Kennedy Center

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I had a whirlwind day yesterday in Washington, D.C., where I’m covering the outstanding scenario of five — count ‘em, five — actors with Fresno ties participating in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. I’ve been scurrying all over doing everything from attending an acting class to watching the hilarity of Myles Bullock and Molly Kelly mystify pedestrians along Rhode Island Avenue by performing a scene from “The Mother … With the Hat” while walking back to the hotel from dinner. Oh, and I’ve had my fair share of condemning Google Drive and my letter-skipping wireless keyboard to the fiery pits of cyber hell as I put together a big story for Friday morning’s Bee about the competition. But I think my tech issues are under control now.

Pictured above: the Fresno State contingent. From left, Myles Bullock (one of two finalists in the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships competition), scene partner Molly Kelly, Fresno State Kennedy Center guru Brad Myers, scene partner Taylor Abels and Ryan Woods (the other Irene Ryan finalist). It’s amazing to think that Fresno State has two of the 16 national finalists. We picked the slowest restaurant in the world to eat dinner, but we had a good time.

I’ve also been keeping tabs on Fresno City College student Mohammad Shehata, below, one of seven regional finalists in the criticism division. His group sees plays at night and has a deadline of 9 a.m. the next morning for their reviews. The poor guy got about half an hour of sleep the first night and three hours the second. Tomorrow morning he has TWO pieces due at 9 a.m.: a review and a column. I bet when he gets back to Fresno he’s going to sleep for 48 hours straight.

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