September 24, 2010

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Playwright Sam Shepard, who had been scheduled to speak on Oct. 12 as the Janet Weis Fellow for Contemporary Letters, has cancelled his talk.

"While we are disappointed by Mr. Shepard's decision, we have moved directly to securing a Weis Fellow for this year who will bring honor to the award's recognition of individuals of the finest literary achievement," said Pete Mackey, vice president for communications at Bucknell. "We look forward to announcing that news soon, and expect the Weis Fellow event for this year to occur in March."

Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance will still host two events focused on the works of Shepard.

Family Weekend Showcase
The first is the Family Weekend Showcase, "Savage/Love," by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard, directed by Bucknell junior Ali Keller. It will be performed Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre. Admission is $4 a person.

The play explores the many different stages of passion and love in the life and death of Boris Vian, a French author, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter.

The second event, "Shepardfest," spans two weekends and features short plays, monologues and short stories by Shepard. Directed by Professor of Theatre Gary Grant, each performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre on Oct. 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens.

Shepardfest, which focuses on the transformation of Shepard's writing style from absurdist abstraction to magical realism and political plays, includes "Killer's Head," "The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill" (an operetta), "Chicago," "Cowboy Mouth," "Red Cross" and "Tongues."

Contact: Division of Communications

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