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Celebrated Playwright to Speak on 'Spirituality in the Theatre' at Convocations

Published: October 21, 2004 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Category: Arts

Based on both Broadway and other productions of his plays, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier will discuss “Spirituality in the Theatre” on October 28 as part of the Southern Utah University Convocation series.

His applauded plays include Agnes of God, co-winner of the 1979 Great American Play Contest that ran for 17 months on Broadway; Voices in the Dark, winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Play; Haunted Lives, a collection of one-acts published by Dramatists Play Service; and Courage, a one-man show about author J.M. Barrie that ran off-Broadway and was filmed for television.

This celebrated writer has also penned the television movies: Choices of the Heart, for which he received a Christopher Award, the Humanitas Award, a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Teleplay, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas; and Sins of the Father, which broke viewer records when it was first aired on FX.

Pielmeier began his career as an actor, working at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, the Milwaukee Repertoire, the Alaska Repertoire, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, where, incidentally, Agnes of God was first staged.

Given his experience and accomplishments, Pielmeier’s comments on spirituality in theatre should be particularly poignant. Unless otherwise noted, Convocations take place on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium. They are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in taking Convocations for college credit should call 586-8082. For more information, see

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