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Visiting Playwright John Lazarus in Residence January 21-25

UT’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and Department of Theatre are proud to welcome visiting playwright John Lazarus, in residence January 21-25, 2014.  John Lazarus is a Canadian playwright and the author of some twenty produced plays. His first play, Babel Rap, was for years the most frequently produced play in Canada, and his play Dreaming and Dueling was the first Canadian play produced by the Shaw Festival. His plays have been produced across Canada and around in the world, including England, France, Germany, Israel, and Japan.  Lazarus’s other awards include the World Gold Medal for Children’s Radio Drama, a Floyd Chalmers Award, and several Jessie Richardson Awards for Vancouver productions. He is a professor of drama at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

On Saturday, 1/25, at 7:30pm, there will be a staged reading of a new, as-yet-unproduced play by John Lazarus, Sex with Feminists, in the Art & Architecture auditorium (room 109), The staged reading will be performed by MFA acting students in the Theatre Department; Lazarus will also answer questions from the audience about his work. This event is free and open to the public.

Students of Creative Writing, English, and Theatre are invited to attend a series of Craft Talks with the playwright—these will be offered Tuesday-Friday January 21-24 from 2:30-3:30pm.  Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday’s Craft Talks will be held in 1210 McClung Tower; Friday’s Craft Talk will be held in HSS 105. Lazarus will discuss the craft of playwriting, especially plot and dialogue. No prior experience is necessary. These Craft Talks can be attended as a series or individually.

John Lazarus’s visit is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund and the Department of Theatre. For more information, please contact Margaret Lazarus Dean in English (mdean4@utk.edu) or Jed Diamond in Theatre (jdiamond@utk.edu).

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