LMC to Host Pulitzer Nominated Playwright Lisa D'Amour

Nov 16, 2017
Playwright to read and discuss excerpts from Pulitzer Prize finalist play, "Detroit," and other works Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. in The Hanson Theatre.

The Lake Michigan College Performing Arts Department will host an evening with playwright, Lisa D’Amour on Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. in The Mendel Center’s Hanson Theatre.

D’Amour will discuss and read excerpts from works including her Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Detroit”, and “Airline Highway”, a dark comedy about the New Orleans underclass, which will be performed at LMC November 17 through 19.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Lisa’s caliber talk about her plays and hopefully inspire students and writers in the community to consider creative writing careers or continue to hone their skills. Creative writing touches nearly every field of study. Whether a person works in marketing, education, the arts or even technology, the ability to effectively communicate ideas and tell stories through writing is a huge asset,” said Paul Mow, choral and theatre coordinator for Lake Michigan College.

No registration is required to attend “An Evening with Lisa D’Amour”. Attendees are asked to donate $10. Admission is free for Lake Michigan College students and employees with ID.

Lisa D’Amour’s plays have been produced on Broadway in New York City, at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre and The National Theater in London. “Detroit” was hailed by Variety magazine as the “most effective play yet produced about our current economic doldrums.” D’Amour’s other works include “MILTON,” which examines small-town life in five U.S. cities named Milton, and “How to Build a Forest,” about a majestic forest built by hand. Airline Highway contains strong language and adult themes which may be unsuitable for children.

D’Amour is currently co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an Obie award-winning interdisciplinary performance company. She received her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and her Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a past recipient of the Alpert Award for the Arts, the Steinberg Playwright Award, and is a 2013 Doris Duke artist. She is also core alumna of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and a past resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City.

Airline Highway performance tickets and information are available at www.TheMendelCenter.com. Information about Lake Michigan College theatre program is available at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/theatre.