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Mac prof to speak on playwright August Wilson

March 29, 2011

MacMurray Associate Professor of English and Theatre Jeannie Zeck will present the next event in the Collegeís 2010-11 Fine Arts Series with, ďStanding on the Shoulders of Giants: The influence of Romare Beardenís visual art on August Wilsonís drama.Ē

Dr. Zeckís speech will be Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thoresen Recital Hall of the Putnam/Springer Center, at the corner of Clay and State streets in Jacksonville. The event is free and open to the public. Those needing interpreting services should contact the College 72 hours prior to event at or call 217-479-7123.

When aspiring playwright August Wilson first saw the visual art of Romare Bearden, he was deeply impressed. Beardenís use of the figures of blacks and of black themes, along with his collage style, inspired Wilsonís playwriting. Wilson became a world-class playwright with a series of 10 plays depicting the lives of African Americans in the 20th century.

Dr. Jeannie Zeck is an associate professor in the English and Theatre Program at MacMurray College, where she specializes in African-American literature and womenís literature. Before beginning a career in academia, she worked for nearly a decade as an actor, choreographer and director in professional theater.

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Public Relations
Work: 217-479-7027 | Cell: 217-883-3340
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