Class of 2016 English major Pat Walsh will return to Villanova this Monday for a staged reading of his play The Fluttering Pulses. Pat's play was the winner of this year's Sue Winge Playwriting Competition.
In the play, English major Ben Kenny launches a campaign to unban a controversial novel that ostensibly outlines how to mastermind a school shooting. Although Ben’s aunt, a teacher, was recently killed in such a tragedy, Ben argues that the book The Prophet Killer actually gives voice to the victims of these tragedies. As Ben's family begs him to stop his crusade, Ben tracks down the author, who has gone into hiding, and offers him a plan for literary redemption. The Fluttering Pulses weaves perspectives on gun violence, gun control, mass media, and family obligations into a powerful story that asks us to re-think the purpose and power of the written word.