WMU News

Former Kalamazoo playwright presents reading

October 9, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Playwright and former Kalamazoo resident Lisa Dillman has come home again.

Now living in Chicago, Dillman has returned to her west Michigan roots this fall as a visiting professor in Western Michigan University's Department of English. She will share some of the work that's gained her national acclaim in a reading at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 3321 of Brown Hall. The reading, sponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow on the tenth floor of Sprau Tower.

Dillman, who moved to Chicago in 1980, wrote her first play in 1981. Since then, more than 30 productions of her work have been staged in such locations as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Toledo and Kalamazoo. Her plays for children, "Blaze of Glory" and "Yes You Can," have toured schools throughout the Midwest with Chicago's Imagination Theatre Company.

She was an award winner in the 1996 Midwestern Playwrights Festival and the 1991 Julie Harris-Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright competition. She is currently an artistic associate at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a 1998-99 playwright-in-residence at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's New Play Labs.

For more information about Dillman's appearance, persons may contact Julie Stotz at 616 373-9212.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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