WMU Home > About WMU > WMU News

WMU News

Chicago playwright gives next Frostic Reading

March 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Chicago playwright Lisa Dillman is next in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University, Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

Dillman's plays have been produced around the country at such theaters as Steppenwolf, American Theater Company, Collaboraction, and the Rivendell Theater Ensemble in Chicago; Transparent Theater in Berkeley; and Hypothetical Theater in New York. Her plays have won the Sprenger-Lang New History Play Prize, the Sarett National Playwriting Contest, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival competition, and the Beverly Hills Theater Guild-Julie Harris Playwright Award. Her work has received departmental support from the Ensemble Studio Theater, Women's Project & Productions, Victory Gardens, Huntington Theater Company, Famous Door, the National New Play Network, the Dayton Playhouse, and the Stamford (Connecticut) Center for the Arts.

Dillman has received two commissions from Steppenwolf Theater's New Plays Initiative, two from Imagination Theater Company, and two from the Rivendell Theater Ensemble. She has also received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the William Inge Center for the Arts, the Tremaine Foundation, Millay Colony, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, and the O'Neill Theater Center where her play "Rock Shore" was workshopped in the 2003 National Playwrights Conference.

Future Gwen Frostic readings

March 30, poet Mary Ruefle and author Jane Brox
April 13, poets Peter Covino and Paula McLain

All readings are Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

WMU News
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
(269) 387-8400