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Resident Kean University Poet Susanna Rich Performs Television Daddy

Audience Interaction Invited: Explore how the TV medium becomes surrogate parent, God, lover, friend, and self

UNION, N.J. – Susanna Rich, poet and professor at Kean University, will perform Television Daddy: A Staged, One-Woman, Audience-Interactive Poetry Performance at Kean University on Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. in Vaughn-Eames Hall, Room 119. The University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Directions can be found at www.kean.edu/directions.html.

Rich, director Ernest Wiggins, choreographer Dawud Jackson, graphics artists Steven Brower and Marla Scachtman, and talented Kean students Brittany Blackburn, Becky Gillespie, Jaclyn Hedgepeth and Liz Ramey, are creating a unique and exciting way to present poetry. Singing, hip-hopping, twisting, Gregorian chanting, and otherwise surprising the audience, Rich enacts 11 original poems keyed to classic and contemporary television programs and personalities. She explores how this pervasive medium becomes surrogate parent, God, lover, friend, and self.

Drawing on shared cultural imagery, she engages a broad spectrum of audience members to recall and to explore their own spiritual journeys, as she does, through this core medium of our age. Audience members will be invited to participate throughout the performance in a variety of ways.

Television Daddy is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of English. Although the performances are free, donations to benefit the Union County Rape Crisis Center will be much appreciated. Rich’s book of poems, presented in Television Daddy, will be published under that title by Finishing Line Press this coming fall.

As seating is limited, please reserve as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to susannarich@gmail.com, visiting www.susannarich.com or by calling her at 908-737-0395.