Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Edward Albee to speak at Vanderbilt

Playwright Edward Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time Tony Award recipient, will address “The State of Theater and the Arts in America” on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music on the Vanderbilt University campus.

Best known for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee has penned 28 plays that form a unique, uncompromising, controversial and provocative body of work.

Albee’s latest play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, is an unlikely story of love, respect and family. It will be performed by The Tennessee Repertory Theatre Jan. 31 – Feb. 16, 2008. The Goat was awarded the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play.

Throughout his career, Albee has shown a fascination for a wide variety of theatrical styles and subjects. In November 2005, Albee released Stretching My Mind, his first collection of writings on theater, literature, the visual arts and the political and cultural backgrounds that have defined our times.

Albee’s address at Vanderbilt will begin at 6 p.m., preceded by a complimentary reception at 5 p.m. at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. The event is event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Parking will be available in South Garage at 24th Avenue South and Children’s Way.

Video of the lecture will be webcast from VUCast, Vanderbilt’s news network, www.vanderbilt.edu/news.

The speech is part of the 2007-2008 Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The Chancellor’s Lecture Series serves to bring to Vanderbilt and the wider Nashville community intellectuals who are shaping the world today. For more information about the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/chancellor/cls.

The Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s production of Albee’s The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? at Johnson Theater will feature “TalkBack” with the actors and director after Thursday performances on Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. There will be “Unclassified with Creative Staff” events prior to the Friday performances on Feb. 1, 8 and 15. Audience members are welcome to “Meet the Actors” after the Saturday evening performances on Feb. 2, 9 and 16. There are also two Saturday matinees on Feb. 9 and 16.

Tickets are $10-$40 (some restrictions apply). Group discounts are available. TPAC Box Offices: 505 Deaderick St., Downtown Nashville, and Davis-Kidd Booksellers, The Mall at Green Hills, www.tennesseerep.org, (615) 255-ARTS.

No one under 18 will be admitted.

Media Contact: Missy Pankake, (615) 322-NEWS

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