Playwright to Present Free Lecture at OBU

New York City-based playwright Arlene Hutton will visit Oklahoma Baptist University Sept. 3-5 to assist the university's Theatre Department with preparations for the production of one of her own plays. She also will present a lecture for the community on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. The public is invited to attend this free event, titled "Whose Story Is It: How History Informs the Playwright."

Hutton is the author of "As It Is In Heaven," a drama which tells the story of nine Shaker sisters and how they responded to changes in their religion in 1838. Hutton's play will be the first production of the year for OBU's theatre program, slated for Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre.

During Hutton's visit, OBU theatre students will learn more about the Shaker community to prepare for their upcoming performances of "As It Is In Heaven" through workshops, lectures, rehearsals and meals with the author. Hutton also will teach various classes based on her wealth of experience in the theatre.

In addition to "As It Is In Heaven," Hutton also wrote the full-length piece "Last Train to Nibroc" (NYC Drama League Best Play nomination, 2000), both which were acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hutton is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild. She has taught playwriting and improv workshops at colleges around the country.

Hutton's plays have been produced Off- and Off-Off-Broadway extensively around the United States and in London, Barcelona, Beijing, Taipei and Amsterdam. She currently is working on a commissioned play about the Brontë family.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Florida, Hutton's family roots go back five generations in Kentucky. She earned a bachelor's degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and a master's degree in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota.

For more information about Hutton's community lecture or to inquire about tickets to OBU theatre productions, contact OBU Communication Arts at (804) 878-2347. The OBU box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center main office on the university's campus. Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to productions.