Release: March 15, 2017
GAMBIER, Ohio — Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies will discuss his work in a pair of upcoming events at Kenyon College. Both events will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., Margulies will give a lecture titled “On Being a Playwright.” He will speak about his plays, including “Dinner with Friends,” for which he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for drama, as well as “The Country House,” “Collected Stories” and “Brooklyn Boy.” A Q&A will follow.
“Donald Margulies is one of the most brilliant and productive playwrights working today. His plays are elegantly perceptive and witty commentary on the conflicts and moral dilemmas in marriages, families and friendships,” said Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, who submitted the proposal to the Faculty Lectureships program to bring Margulies to campus.
On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., Margulies will participate in a screening and discussion of “The End of the Tour,” the 2015 film about celebrated author David Foster Wallace. Margulies adapted the film’s screenplay from the David Lipsky memoir “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.” Wallace gave the 2005 Commencement address at Kenyon.
“As the screenwriter for the David Foster Wallace film ‘End of the Tour,’ Donald also offers a fresh perspective on Wallace’s legacy,” Weber said. “I look forward to showing him the spot where Wallace stood and delivered his “This is Water” Commencement address 12 years ago.”
Margulies is a professor of English and theater studies at Yale University. In addition to winning the Pulitzer in 2000, he was twice a finalist for the prize for his plays “Sight Unseen” and “Collected Stories.” His play “Time Stands Still” was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2010. Other honors include the Sidney Kingsley Award for outstanding achievement in the theater by a playwright, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award in Literary Arts. Additionally, Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 740-427-5650.