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Paula Vogel to Present Eckler Lecture on March 3

February 24, 2009

vogelpaulaPlaywright Paula Vogel, author of How I Learned to Drive, will present the Eckler Lecture at Mount Union College on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. 

How I Learned to Drive, which was performed at Mount Union in the Fall of 2008, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Vogel’s other plays include Desdemona and Baby Makes Seven, The Long Christmas Ride Home and The Mineola Twins.  Her new play, A Civil War Christmas, is in development by Long Wharf Theatre and The Old Globe Theatre.

Vogel has also written several screenplays, including On Common Ground for Showtime and an adaptation of How I Learned to Drive for Laura Ziskind Productions and HBO.

After earning a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Catholic University, Vogel went on to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University.  She has taught playwriting and directed the master of fine arts program in playwriting since 1984 at Brown University, where she is also a professor of creative writing. 

The Eckler Lecture in Literature and Drama was established in 1981 through an endowment given by Mr. John A. and Mrs. Dorothy (Nelson '29) Cummins in appreciation of the many years of service to the community and Mount Union College by the Ecklers. Dr. Eric A. and Mrs. Mary Eckler were long-time faculty members in Mount Union's English department.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on the Mount Union campus.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

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