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Playwright to Speak as Part of Authors on Campus Series

March 7, 2013

Deen, a playwright, will speak as part of Averett University's Authors on Campus Series Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Deen will discuss the art of playwriting as well as perform a solo performance on an excerpt from his play, "Draw the Circle," which is in production in Philadelphia. The play explores identity issues such as race, diversity, sexuality and ethics in the context of playwriting as a craft.

"This is the first playwright we've had come as part of our Authors on Campus Series," said Dr. Gretchen Cohenour, assistant professor of English. "It's a rare opportunity for us to emphasize the interdisciplinary focus on our mission. We're preparing students to be more open to different ideas."

He has written several plays, one of which has won an award — his first full-length play, "Shut-Up!" won him the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize and the James Baldwin Award. He self-produced another play, "Where Children Play: the Story of Tank and Horse" at the Berkshire Fringe Festival and is working on one about the Sikh massacres in India in 1984.

For more information about Deen's visit call Dr. Gretchen Cohenour at 434-791-5767.

Averett's Authors on Campus Series is a component of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Reading Critically for Success.