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New York playwright/film
historian Meir Z. Ribalow to present 'How Hollywood portrays Arkansas'
Feb. 18, two additional lectures Feb. 19
What is your favorite movie with an Arkansas flavor? “A Face in the
Crowd?” “White Lighting?”
“The Legend of Boggy Creek?” “Walk the Line?” “Shotgun Stories?” An
Arkansan audience will have a chance to compare favorites with noted
Meir Z. Ribalow after his free public lecture, “How Hollywood portrays
Arkansas—the three most representative films,” Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7
p.m. in ASU’s Drama Theatre, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive,
Jonesboro. Ribalow’s lecture is sponsored by the
Studies PhD program and the
Department of Theatre at ASU.
Gary Jones Films
in Little Rock is providing three DVDs--copies of each film Ribalow will
discuss in his lecture--and audience members will have a chance to win a
copy of one of the three movies. What are the three films?
Audience members will have to attend Ribalow's talk to learn the titles
and have a chance to win.
During his visit to ASU-Jonesboro, Ribalow will make two additional
public presentations on Friday, Feb. 19. First, he will read from his
own work and that of the New River Dramatists at 11 a.m. in the Spring
River room of the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. He will
present a talk at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre, Fowler Center, about his
career as a playwright and director, both regionally and in New York and
Ribalow is artist-in-residence
at Fordham University in New York City, where he serves as the artistic
director of New River Dramatists and teaches screenwriting and courses
on American film. He has appeared in numerous media interviews about
American cinema, both on television and in special-feature documentaries
Ribalow is best known for his playwriting
and stage directing, with actors including Christopher Walken,
Raul Julia, Zero Mostel, Burgess Meredith, Holly Hunter, Ellen Barkin,
Christopher Reeve, and Ruby Dee. He directed “Children Of the
Sun,” a world premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday at the
Kennedy Center in Washington.
Ribalow’s new play, “The Nature of the Universe,” was on Broadway at the
Neil Simon Theatre as a charity benefit gala, with a cast including
Blythe Danner, Brian Dennehy, and Patricia Randell. He has written four
optioned screenplays, he has won a BMI Award for musical lyrics, and he
was commissioned to write the musical theatre piece “Seven Deadly Sins,”
which was presented in Charlotte, N.C. in 2005.
Ribalow was artistic director of the American Repertory Company for its
two acclaimed seasons in London, and was for several years Joseph Papp’s
production associate at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where he
coordinated new play development and directed several plays. He also
served for many years as vice president of the Creative Coalition with
president Alec Baldwin. As the International Arts Coordinator for the
Global Forum, he worked with Mikhail Gorbachev, Thor Heyerdahl, Robert
Redford and the Dalai Lama. Learn more about
Meir Ribalow online.
For more information, contact Dr. Clyde Milner (firstname.lastname@example.org),
director, the Heritage Studies PhD program, and professor of history, at
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