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Playwright August Wilson is topic of lecture at Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, N.C. (February 7, 2012)  -- Lou Bellamy and Sarah Bellamy will visit Johnson C. Smith University on Feb. 14 to give a lecture on August Wilson and the staging of his plays. The lecture will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Johnson C. Smith University’s Arts Factory on Beatties Ford Road near the main campus.

Lou Bellamy is a personal friend of August Wilson’s and is considered “the foremost living interpreter” of Wilson’s plays. He is founder and artistic director of Penumbra Theatre in Minneapolis and served as associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota for 35 years. His recent directing includes: Radio Golf at Indiana Repertory and Cleveland Play House, Two Trains Running at Penumbra, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom staged in Phoenix, Tucson and Minneapolis, and I Wish You Love staged at Penumbra, The Kennedy Center and Hartford Stage.

In 2009 Bellamy received the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Award for Public Leadership and was inducted into The College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He received the 2007 Obie award for Best Direction; the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival Lloyd Richards Award for Directing; and the 2006 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.

Sarah Bellamy is associate artistic director at Penumbra Theatre who specializes in educational outreach.  She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she studied creative writing and postcolonial theory. She holds an M.A. in the Humanities from The University of Chicago.

She served as the dramaturge for several of August Wilson’s plays and is currently compiling first-hand accounts of Penumbra Company members on the ensemble technique formed in presenting Wilson’s plays.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          

Jennifer Gaskins
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