Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Theodicy a free staged reading at OSU' Urban Space (former Lazarus department store) on Tuesady, March 11

Judy Juanita’s Theodicy will be presented in a free staged reading at the Ohio State University College of the Arts Urban Arts Space on Tuesday, March 11th, at noon. The Urban Arts Space is in the former Lazarus Department Store, on the corner of High Street and State Street. The entrance is on State Street between High and Front.

Theodicy features a cast of veteran Columbus actors, including Patrica Wallace-Winbush, Truman Winbush, Anita Davis, and Darius Williams. An imaginative and epic retelling of the African-American experience, Theodicy is the first runner-up in the 2007 Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition. Playwright Judy Juanita, a resident of Oakland, California, has been produced by the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the San Francisco Bay Area Playwights’ Center, the National Black Theatre Festival, the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley, California, and San Francisco’s Marsh Café and Brava! Theatre, among many others. She has been an artist-in-the schools in New Jersey, and is a widely published poet as well as playwright.

Over five hundred plays were submitted to the 2007 Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition. The competition honors Columbus native (and Ohio State alumna) Eileen Heckart (1919-2001), the distinguished American actress whose long career culminated in her stunning performance in Kenneth Lonergan=s The Waverly Gallery (2000), for which she received the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. That same year she was awarded the Tony for lifetime achievement. She also was the recipient of an Academy Award (Butterflies Are Free), Golden Globe (The Bad Seed) and an Emmy (Save Me A Place at Forest Lawn). She was recognized with a Margo Jones Medal in 2000 for her long championing of new plays, having appeared in almost thirty world premiere productions.

As a side note: March 11th is the 49th anniversary of the premiere of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by an African-American woman writer to be produced on Broadway.

This message came from:
Alan Woods, Coordinator
The Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition
The Jerome Lavvrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
The Ohio State University
1430 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210-1230
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