Playwright Albee to speak at OCU

What do Jane Goodall, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. all have in common? They’ve been a part of Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Speaker Series, and this week, America’s leading dramatist, Edward Albee, joins that group.

OCU invites everyone to attend “An Evening with Edward Albee: Improvisation and the Creative Mind” at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, 1700 N.W. 27th.

Every year, OCU invites world-class speakers, writers and opinion leaders to its campus to encourage students, faculty and the community to meet the masterminds of today’s society. Albee fits right in, having earned more Pulitzer Prizes than any playwright except for Eugene O’Neill.

Besides Arthur Miller, Albee is the only playwright to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award. He also earned best Play Tony Awards for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

“Every one of my plays is an act of optimism, because I make the assumption that it is possible to communicate with other people,” Albee said in a press release.

In preparation for Albee’s visit, OCU will host a screening of the film version of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The original play earned six Tony Award nominations, including best play. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of the Meinders School of Business.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 208-4956 or visit their site. “Lauren Parajon

Lauren Parajohn

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