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Actor, composer present 'Penelope'

Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4-5, 2008, 8 p.m. Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

"Penelope," a music and theater performance written and presented by award-winning actor and playwright Ellen McLaughlin and composed for a string quartet by Sarah Kirkland Snider, will be staged at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4-5, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The performance is a modern take on the story of Penelope, the patient wife who knitted while she waited for husband Odysseus to return from the Trojan War.

McLaughlin, widely known for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," also has appeared in "Homebody/Kabul," "Threepenny Opera," "Ghosts" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She has won numerous playwriting awards, including the Great American Play Contest, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. McLaughlin teaches playwriting at Barnard College and also has taught at Princeton and Yale universities.

Snider is a composer whose work has been performed internationally both in alternative spaces and in major venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Chamber Series.

The performances of "Penelope," directed by Lisa Rothe, are free but tickets are required. For tickets, visit the University Ticketing website or call (609) 258-9220. The production is sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts' Performance Central program.

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