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Emmy Award-winning screenwriter David E. Kelley at the Lewis Center for the Arts


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts Performance Central presents Emmy Award-winning screenwriter David E. Kelley in conversation with Broadway producer Jordan Roth. Kelley will talk about his life and work. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public. No photographs will be allowed.

Kelley is a prolific and successful writer, creator and producer in the television and film industry most notable for L.A. Law, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal and Harry's Law. He has a reputation for creating stylistically and thematically unique series that have won multiple Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and other prestigious accolades. Kelley has had hit shows for all of the four major networks: NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. Most recently, Kelley’s work focused on the Emmy Award-winning ABC series Boston Legal, which completed its fifth and final season in December 2008. In addition, he and his wife Michelle Pfeiffer, recently worked together on the movie Chasing Montana, their first collaborative effort.

Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters which owns and operates five Broadway theaters: the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, and Walter Kerr. Roth produced A Catered Affair (Winner Best Musical - Drama League, 12 Drama Desk nominations), the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show (Best Musical Revival - Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Donkey Show, which ran six years off-Broadway with several international productions and The Karaoke Show.

The Performance Central series, directed by the Pulitizer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Chair of the Lewis Center, includes lectures, readings and performances from a host of high profile artists in the areas of theater, dance, music and the visual arts. It is one of many new programs offered by the Lewis Center for the Arts that demonstrate Princeton University’s expanding commitment to the arts.

Past events, speakers and performers include: Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Assassins and The Who’s Tommy); The Civilians, acclaimed New York City-based investigative theater company; Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, playwright, Oscar-winning screenwriter (Carnal Knowledge,1971); Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of the landmark television series ‘24’; Lee Hall, Tony Award-winning author of Billy Elliott and The Pitmen Painters; Nancy Hower and John Lehr, creators of the TBS sitcom Ten Items or Less; Katie Jacobs, Executive Producer of House; Award-winning actor and playwright Ellen McLaughlin and composer Sarah Kirkland Snider; and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, the Brooklyn based dance company which blends contemporary dance with African traditions.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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