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Release date: Oct. 27, 2000
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Margaret Edson To Speak At Emory

WHO: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "Wit" Margaret Edson
WHAT: "The Insubstantial Pageant: Orality, Literacy and Writing for Performance."
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
WHERE: Joseph Jones Room, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Emory.
COST: Free and open to the public. 404-727-4683

Emory University's Creative Writing Program will present a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson as part of its Reading Series. Edson was the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama for her first play, "Wit."

"Wit" was written in 1991, and had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in 1995 and subsequent successful off-Broadway runs, it has earned awards including the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, Dramatists Guild, Drama Desk of New York, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Fellowship of Southern Writers, Berilla Kerr Foundation, Susan Blackburn Prize (finalist) and Los Angeles Drama Critics.

Edson, a native of Washington, D.C., studied Renaissance history at Smith College. After graduating magna cum laude, her jobs included selling hot dogs on the street; waitressing at a hog farmer's bar; painting the walls of a contemplative French Dominican convent in Rome; scooping ice cream in Washington; working as a physical therapy aide, as a unit clerk on the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a major research hospital during the first clinical trials for AZT, as a policy intern at a philanthropy-issues lobbying organization, as a fund raiser for a community-based mental health organization where she wrote and designed the training manual "Living with AIDS: Perspectives for Caregivers," and selling bikes in a bike shop ("Wit" was written at this time).

In 1991-92 she attended Georgetown University on a full scholarship for a master's degree in English. She worked for six years in Washington public schools teaching English as a second language followed by one year teaching first grade. She currently lives in Atlanta, where she teaches kindergarten at Centennial Place Elementary School.
To read an interview with Edson in the July/August issue of The Dramatist magazine, go to:

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