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WMU playwright to read from his works

Feb. 10, 2011

KALAMAZOO--The Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University continues its spring 2011 season this month with a reading by accomplished WMU playwright Dr. Steve Feffer.

Photo of Dr. Steve Feffer.Feffer, associate professor of English, will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Room 105-107 of the Bernhard Center.

Feffer has received wide recognition for his plays, which have been produced or developed by some of the nation's top theatres and theatre festivals. Those include the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference both in New York and Connecticut, the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, the Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston and the Ruckus Theatre in Chicago.

Feffer's publication credits include "The Wizards of Quiz" (Dramatists Play Service), "Little Airplanes of the Heart" in "Best American Short Plays" (Applause Books) and "Plays from Ensemble Studio Theatre" (Faber and Faber). Additional plays and performance pieces have been published by Heinemann Books and New Issues Press.

Feffer has won a number of national playwriting awards including the New Jewish Theatre Project Award from the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Southwest Plays National Award for a play for young audiences. Feffer teaches creative writing at WMU and in the University's Prague Summer Program. He also serves as chair for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's National Playwriting Program for Region Three.

Upcoming Frostic series readings are March 15, with poet Nancy Eimers; March 31, with poet Richard Katrovas; and April 7, with poet Jerome Rothenberg. All readings start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by the WMU Department of English.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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