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Wasserstein to Visit as Montgomery Fellow

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein will be on campus during the spring and summer terms as a Montgomery Fellow, mentoring students, advising student playwrights, visiting classes, and giving a lecture, titled "My Life in the Theater," on Apr. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Moore Theater. The next day, students will perform a reading of her new play Third, which will open at Lincoln Center this fall. Wasserstein and the play's director, Michael Barakiva, will work with the student cast and actor Laura Hicks. The reading will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Moore.

Third, writes Michael Toscano of DC Metro, "is stylishly written, thought-provoking and iconoclastic-or, to put it another way, what we like to think of as a Wendy Wasserstein play."

Wasserstein received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, among others, for one of her best-known works, The Heidi Chronicles. Among her other plays are Uncommon Women and Others, The Sisters Rosensweig (Tony nomination, 1993 Critics Circle Award, William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre), Isn't It Romantic, The Object of My Affection, Kiss, Kiss, Darling, and Drive, She Said. She is the author of several books, including Shiksa Goddess (Or, How I Spent My Forties), Sloth, and Bachelor Girls; wrote the film version of The Object of My Affection; and has adapted many of her plays for television. She has taught at Princeton, New York University, and Columbia, and is the founder of the Open Doors Program, which familiarizes New York City public high school students with the theater.

Wasserstein's Montgomery Fellowship will include a visit during the last week in May to mentor student authors as they rehearse for the Ruth and Loring Dodd Drama Prize and the Eleanor Frost Play Festival. The Dodd Prize was established in 1969 by a bequest from Clark University Professor Loring Dodd. Eleanor Louise Frost established the Frost Play Festival in 1950. Both competitions recognize exceptional undergraduate playwrights.

On Thursday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m., Wasserstein will speak at the annual Arts Awards ceremony in Moore Theater. During the summer term, she will teach a course, Finding Your Voice as a Playwright, and deliver a public lecture. The theater department will produce her play The Heidi Chronicles as its Mainstage summer production

This is a return visit for Wasserstein. Five years ago, she delivered the keynote address at the 22nd Senior Symposium. Her Montgomery Fellowship this year concludes a series on the arts that began with writers Grace Paley and Robert Nichols. Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin coached student singing groups on Apr. 4 and performed in Spaulding Auditorium on Apr. 5.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08