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ADVISORY: Media invited to WFU for talk by playwright Tony Kushner

By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
September 9, 2004

Members of the media are invited to attend a free, public lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel. The talk will be followed by a book signing at the College Bookstore near the chapel.

Although members of the media are encouraged to attend and report on the event, no recording — audio or video — will be allowed during the lecture. Still photography without flash will be permitted during the first 10 minutes of the talk. Kushner will not be available for interviews.

Kushner, an openly gay, Jewish socialist, is perhaps best known for his seven-hour, two-part epic "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes." He was originally scheduled to visit Wake Forest last November, but the event was canceled because of unexpected professional commitments in New York City. The lecture was rescheduled for Jan. 27, but was canceled because of weather-related travel problems.

Kushner's appearance at Wake Forest was intended to be part of the university's celebration of the 2003-2004 theme "Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community."

During his Sept. 9 visit to Wake Forest, Kushner is expected to give a lecture to a class in the theatre department. Kushner's visit is sponsored by the university's theme year committee, the theatre department, the journalism program, the Gay-Straight Student Alliance chapter at Wake Forest and the Adam Foundation, a local nonprofit organization in Forsyth County.

Media parking for the lecture is available on either side of the chapel in parking lots P and A. Marked media vehicles can park along the sidewalk in Lot N, between Poteat and Kitchin residence halls, or Lot B, between Taylor and Davis residence halls.

For more information, contact Jacob McConnico at mcconnjn@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.


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