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March 2, 2005
CONTACT: John Wooten
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Playwright to Visit Kean University

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University continues its new master-class and lecture series entitled Premiere Artists with a visit from Lee Blessing, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-nominated playwright, on Friday, March 18, at noon in Hutchinson Hall, Room J-100, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Admission is free.

Blessing has written numerous works for stage, film and television. His Broadway hit play, A Walk in the Woods, also ran in Moscow and London and was featured on PBS's American Playhouse. He has garnered several distinguished awards, and three of his plays have been cited in TIME magazine’s list of the year’s Ten Best Plays. During his lecture at Kean, Blessing will discuss his notable career and answer questions from the audience.

Premiere Artists is an offshoot of Premiere Stages, the new professional Actors’ Equity Association theatre program at Kean University, and features high-profile artists as they participate in one-day residencies and interact with the campus community. Blessing’s March visit will be followed with an Acting for Television master class and question-and-answer session on Wednesday, April 6, with Emmy Award-winning actress Kim Zimmer and director A.C. Weary. Students participating in the Acting for Television master class will also visit the set of Guiding Light on Friday, April 15, for a tour of the studio and a subsequent question-and-answer session with representatives from the show.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the Lee Blessing lecture, contact John Wooten, producing artistic director, Premiere Stages, at or at (908) 737- 4360.