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Pulitzer-winning playwright speaks, Oct. 25

Paula Vogel, who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama, will discuss "The Playworld and the Empire: The 21st Century and the American Playwright" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Vogel's play "How I Learned to Drive" is a tale of child abuse and the persistence of memory. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, it won several other awards including an Obie (her second), the Lortel Best Play Award, the Best Off-Broadway Play from the Outer Critics Circle, the Best Play from the Drama Desk and the Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle. It has been produced around the world, and Vogel currently is working on a screenplay for HBO.

Also the winner of a Guggenheim and several National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Vogel has written many other plays, including "The Long Christmas Ride Home," "The Mineola Twins," "The Baltimore Waltz," "Hot'N'Throbbing," "Desdemona," "And Baby Makes Seven" and "The Oldest Profession." She currently is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Creative Writing at Brown University, where she directs the MFA playwriting program.

The talk, designated as the Spencer Trask Lecture, is part of the University's Public Lecture Series.

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