Unbound playwright to speak at URI, April 26

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KINGSTON, R.I. – April 19, 2010 – Playwright Laura Marks will give a public lecture as part of her brief stay at the University of Rhode Island. Her appearance is part of URI Theatre’s production of her play, Unbound.

Marks will speak April 26 in URI’s Robert E. Will Theatre at 4 p.m. The talk, free and open to the public, will feature a question and answer portion followed by a reception.

Marks studied playwriting at the Flea Theatre in New York City, she is also a member of the Public Theater’s 2010 Emerging Writers Group, a program for early-career playwrights. Unbound, Marks’ first full-length play was produced by the Prospect Theater Company, which then commissioned her to write Hypothesis. Produced as part of a collaborative work entitled The Dome, Hypothesis is a one-act play about Voltaire. Marks has also appeared on stage, acting in plays by Christine Gorman, Herman D. Farrell as well as others.

Marks will also participate in a post-matinee discussion with Bryna Wortman, associate professor of theatre and director of URI’s production of Unbound, as well as the cast following the performance April 25.

The play will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. It runs April 22 through 24 and April 29 through May 1 at 7:30 p.m., April 25 and May 2 at 3 p.m.

Admission is $16 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and URI faculty/staff and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning April 12 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.

“Bryna saw the original 2005 production of Unbound, and since then, she and I have been talking about doing the play at URI,” Marks said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing college actors interpret the play. The central character, Fanny Kemble, has a passion and energy that feel very youthful, so it seems especially right to have young women embodying her story.”

For more information about the University’s theatre department or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.uri.edu/theatre.