Baylor University Hosts Emmy Nominee Craig Wright at Theater Festival

Oct. 30, 2009

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Playwright Craig Wright, known for his work on television's Dirty Sexy Money, Lost and Six Feet Under, will direct a play and host discussions at Baylor University's fourth semiannual Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival, which will be Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7.

Baylor's American Actors Company will present the university premiere of Craig's play The Unseen, which it performed off-Broadway in March at Cherry Lane Theatre.

The festival also will include a tribute to the late Pulitzer Prize winner Foote, who also won Oscars for his screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. Foote, who attended some of Baylor's past festivals to offer encouragement and expertise, died in March at age 92.

At the festival, Wright will mingle with theater professionals, newcomers and theater students and host discussions open to the public, said Dr. Stan Denman, chair of Baylor's theater department

The event will include a performance of The Marcy & Zina Show by Broadway singer-songwriters Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, open to the public; readings of plays written by Foote and Wright; and Late Night Under Construction, when budding playwrights will introduce their work.

In the drama The Unseen, which is for mature audiences, two men are held in nearby cells and tortured for years without knowing why by an unidentified regime. They are visited sometimes by a guard who abuses them but later regrets his actions. One prisoner has a scientific mind; the other lives by faith.

Festival events will be held in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Avenue, on the Baylor University campus in Waco. The Unseen will be performed for an invited audience and season ticket holders on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 in the 100-seat Theatre 11. A limited number of $15 tickets remain.

A $35 tribute to Foote and an award ceremony honoring Wright will be at 9 p.m. Nov. 5 after the performance of The Unseen.

The Marcy & Zina Show by Broadway musical singer-songwriters Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Jones Theatre in Hooper-Schaefer, followed by play readings. Cost is $25; $40 for two.

Cost for a festival package is $150, which includes all daytime and evening events and performances.

All daytime events are free to Baylor faculty, staff and students, but tickets must be purchased for evening performances and the award ceremony. The general public must register.

For more information or to register, call (254) 710-1865 or visit www1.baylor.edu/hortonfootefestival

Contact: Terry Goodrich, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-3321

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