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Writer to discuss honing the craft

March 19, 2003

By Mali Nasrollahzadeh

Baylor's visiting Distinguished Dramatist once again will set foot on campus.

Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote will deliver his public lecture, 'Writing with a Sense of Place,' at 4 p.m. today in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building. His return to campus is part of a contract signed with Baylor University Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In addition to the lecture, Foote will talk to students and faculty about his experiences as an actor and writer. These sessions are held in Jones Theatre every day this week from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Born in 1916 in Wharton, Foote received his first Academy Award in 1962 for his screenplay of To Kill a Mockingbird and his second in 1983 for Tender Mercies.

Foote has received several awards and honors including The William Inge Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Theater, making him one of America's most respected writers for stage and screen.

Foote was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and received the National Medal of Arts Award from President Bill Clinton.

Chris Day, a graduate theater student from Shawnee, Okla., says the most striking thing about Foote is his connection with the common people.

' He has his own personality and has been untouched by his success,' Day said.

Starting in 2004, Baylor University will sponsor the Horton Foote Playwrights Festival, an annual weeklong drama event, and will be presenting the Horton Foote Excellence in America Playwriting Award.