Richard Dresser to Present the Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union College

April 22, 2010

Richard Dresser will present the Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union College on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

Dresser is the playwright and author of "Wonderful World," which will be presented by the Mount Union Department of Theatre November 16-18 at 8 p.m. in the Rodman Playhouse.

Dresser's plays are widely produced in New York, regionally and in Europe. In New York, he recently wrote the book for the Beach Boys musical "Good Vibrations" which opened in 2005.

"Rounding Third" enjoyed regional productions in Chicago, Laguna Beach and the Old Globe in San Diego before it appeared in New York off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre in 2003.

Other plays written by Dresser include "Below the Belt" and "Gun-Shy," both of which started in the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway. Dresser has also written "Something in the Air," "The Downside," "Alone at the Beach" and "Better Days."

Recent short plays include "What Are You Afraid Of?," staged in the front seat of a car, which premiered in the 1999 Humana Festival and has been running in Germany for several years, and "Greetings From the Home Office" which premiered at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany and has no actors.

Dresser has twice attended the O'Neill National Playwrights conference and is a former member of New Dramatists. In addition to his work in the theater, he is active in film and television.

Television audiences will know Dresser from his HBO Series "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" and "Vietnam Stories." Among his many West Coast projects, Dresser also worked on "The Job" with Denis Leary (ABC) and "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS) with Richard Dreyfuss.

Dresser is a graduate of Brown University with a masters of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Immediately following the Kershaw Lecture, guests are invited to attend the Department of Theatre's opening of "Wonderful World." Tickets are available at Rodman Playhouse and can be purchased by calling (330) 821-2565.

The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union College, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring periodically to the College a person of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.

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