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Alumnus, Theatre Artist to Perform March 25

March 17, 2011

Mark Conway Thompson, a versatile theatre artist and 1970 graduate of Mount Union, will perform Flight From Himself on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. in Rodman Playhouse.
 
During Flight From Himself, Thompson portrays a man looking back and puzzling over his life, feeling disappointment at his failures, the temerity of his choices, his own ordinariness and discovering that in one’s dying breath a new beginning is possible.  The transforming experience is the old man’s dream of Icarus, the bird boy of Greek mythology who flew on wings of wax and feathers too close to the sun. When the wax wings melted, he fell into the sea.
 
Thompson, who specializes in physical expression, has performed throughout the U.S., France, Italy and Germany. He was the principal soloist from 1972 through 1978 with Le Theatre Magenia, a French movement theatre company. During this time he studied mime under the direction of Ella Jaroszewicz. From 1980 to 1982, he appeared on Broadway as part of the international tours of Mummenschanz, the Swiss mime/mask troupe. Shortly thereafter, he founded the Pittsburgh Mime Theater, and in 2002 he created the Firebird Project: A Center for Theater Research. 
 
He has performed mime at the Smithsonian Institution, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and throughout the U.S. including with the Ina Hahn Dance Company in Boston, MA.  As an actor, he has performed in Cinderella, A Soldier’s Tale, Oedipus the King, The Time of Your Life, King Lear, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Chosen, among others. He has also appeared in various television show and films including Stuck with Each Other, Darrow (with Kevin Spacey), NBC’s True Detectives and I'm a Schizophrenic and So Am I as well as KDKA-TV’s award-winning children’s program, Let’s Read A Story.  He has also written several plays for movement theatre including The Mistress and the Megalith
 
Thompson currently teaches at Duquesne University. In the past he has taught at Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Brazil in Porto Allegre, the University of Munich and Point Park College, among other institutions.
 
The Rodman Playhouse is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue on Mount Union’s campus. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call (330) 821-2565.
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