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Media Advisory: Southern Miss Welcomes Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and Actress Beth Henley PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actress Beth Henley will be the featured artist at a reading hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
WHEN:  7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22
: Martha R. Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building

SPECIFICS: A native of Jackson, Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and Dramatist Critics Circle Award, as well as Tony and Academy Award nominations, for her play “Crimes of the Heart.”  She adapted her play, “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” into a film starring Holly Hunter.

Other works include “The Wake of Jamey Foster,” “The Debutante Ball,” “Abundance,” “Impossible Marriage” and “Ridiculous Fraud.” Her work has been produced internationally and translated into more than 10 languages.

The Center for Writers is the graduate creative writing program at Southern Miss and is housed in the Department of English. The program has awarded more than 275 master’s and doctoral degrees through the department since 1977 and was ranked in the top 10 percent of creative writing programs nationwide in a U.S. News & Business Report survey.

CONTACT: Angela Kilcrease, 601.266.4988

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