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Montgomery Fellow: Wendy Wasserstein

Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein will be on campus during the spring and summer terms as a Montgomery Fellow. She will give a public lecture, "My Life in the Theater," at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 27 in the Hopkins Center Moore Theater. On Thursday, Apr. 28, students will perform a reading directed by Michael Barakiva of Wasserstein's new play Third, which will open at Lincoln Center this fall. The reading is at 5 p.m. in Moore Theater. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wendy Wasserstein

Wasserstein received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, among others, for The Heidi Chronicles. Her plays include 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 brings New York City public high school students to plays accompanied by professional theater artists.

Wasserstein will also be on campus during the last week of May to mentor student playwrights as they rehearse for the Ruth and Loring Dodd Drama Prize and the Eleanor Frost Play Festival.

On Thursday, May 26, Wasserstein will speak at the annual Arts Awards ceremony in Moore Theater at 4:30 p.m. 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 to Dartmouth 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 performs in Spaulding Auditorium on Tuesday, Apr. 5. He also holds coaching sessions with student vocal groups and visits music classes on Monday, Apr. 4.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08