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Music of Michael Friedman featured at Princeton University

September 10,2007

The music of Michael Friedman, an incoming Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, will be featured in Gone Missing: the Concert Version on Sunday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. at the University Center for Creative & Performing Arts. Friedman is the founding associate artist of The Civilians, a production company that develops original projects based in the creative investigation of actual experience. Known for using methods that combine documentary and artistic practices, the company’s performances are boldly theatrical and take inspiration from the full range of theatrical forms – from cabaret to experimental theater.

This event is the first in Center Stage, a new series launched this fall and sponsored by the University Center for Creative & Performing Arts. The Center Stage series will include high profile lectures, readings and performances from a host of notable artists. It is one of many new programs offered by the University Center for the Creative & Performing Arts that demonstrate Princeton University’s expanding commitment to the arts.

Friedman is the composer/lyricist for The Civilians’ many productions which include Gone Missing, [I Am] Nobody’s Lunch, Canard, Canard, Goose? and This Beautiful City, as well as for The Brand New Kid, produced by the Kennedy Center. His music has also been heard in dozens of national and international venues including the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Roundabout Theatre Co., Second Stage, Soho Rep, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, London’s Soho and Gate Theatres, and the Edinburgh Festival. Friedman is also artistic associate at New York Theatre Workshop and a recipient of a MacDowell fellowship. In 2007 Friedman received an Obie award for sustained excellence.

Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship was created specifically for humanists in the early stages of their careers. In keeping with the bequest of Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder, it is awarded to individuals during that crucial period when they have demonstrated exceptional promise but have not yet received widespread recognition. Typically, Hodder Fellows have published one highly acclaimed piece and are undertaking significant new work that might not be possible without the "studious leisure" afforded by this fellowship. Hodder Fellows spend a year at Princeton, teaching one course and pursuing independent projects of their own choosing.

Gone Missing: The Concert Version will take place in the Matthews Acting Studio in the University Center for Creative & Performing Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. The event is free but tickets are required. For more information about advanced tickets for Gone Missing contact Princeton University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or visit the Frist Ticket Office Monday through Friday 12 - 6:00 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be available one half hour prior to the performance at the Matthews Acting Studio box office. Tickets are not available on the web for this performance. More ticket information is available at

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