September 01, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Department of Theatre and Dance at Bucknell University will present alumnus Alex Lyras in his award-winning one-man show, "The Common Air: Everyone Travels with Baggage," Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre at Bucknell.

Free tickets are available through the campus box office or at the theatre just prior to the performance; call 570-577-1000 for a free ticket.

Lyras, who graduated from Bucknell in 1992 with a degree in philosophy, co-wrote the award-winning off-Broadway play with Robert McCaskill. Lyras portrays six travelers at Kennedy Airport delayed by a mysterious security breach.

The travelers, who pass the time by talking with each other, include an Iraqi cab driver, an art gallery owner, a corporate attorney, a DJ, a philosophy professor, and an Iraqi-American contractor recently returned from Baghdad.

"The Common Air" ran for five months in Los Angeles in 2008 before moving to off-Broadway in 2009. It was nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for best writing, best solo performance and best sound design, and LA Weekly awards for best solo performance, best comedy direction, and best sound design. It received an L.A. Ovations award for best original score.

Lyras also will give a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre on Sept. 11. He will discuss working in the theater profession and creating an original work. The performance and workshop is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Contact: Division of Communications



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