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Date: Mar 17, 2009
Hofstra's "Great Writers, Great Readings" Series Spring 2009 Concludes With Playwright Sarah Ruhl
Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 11 a.m.; Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South CampusHofstra University, Hempstead, New York ... Playwright Sarah Ruhl, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the esteemed MacArthur Fellowship, will be the final speaker in Hofstra University 2008/2009 “Great Writers, Great Readings” series. Ms. Ruhl’s most recent play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award), was performed at Playwrights Horizons in March 2008 starring Mary Louise Parker.
This discussion reading by Ms. Ruhl will take place on Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, located on the first floor of the Axinn Library, South Campus. This event is free and open to the public. For information, please call (516) 463-5410.
“Great Writers, Great Readings” was launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education. In addition to a baccalaureate degree in English, Hofstra offers a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing. The program’s faculty include eminent essayist Philip Lopate, writers Erik Brogger and Julia Markus and two Guggenheim Fellows: novelist Martha McPhee and poet Phillis Levin.
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award , Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pen Award), Melancholy Play, Eurydice, Late: a cowboy song, Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP Image Award nomination) and Passion Play (Fourth Forum Freedom Award, Kennedy Center).
Ms. Ruhl’s plays have been performed at Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, the Goodman Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Woolly Mammoth, Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Wilma, Cornerstone Theater, Madison Repertory Theater, Clubbed Thumb and the Piven Theatre Workshop, among other theaters across the country.
Her plays have been translated into German, Polish, Korean, Russian and Spanish, and have been produced internationally in London, Canada, Germany, Latvia and Poland. Sarah Ruhl received an M.F.A. from Brown University, and is originally from Chicago. She is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award, Whiting Writers’ Award, PEN/Laura Pels Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a proud member of New Dramatists and 13P.
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