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Drake students, prof to present one-act plays and monologues

November 7, 2008
MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Two Drake University students and Drake Assistant Professor of English Craig Owens and two Drake students will present one-act plays and dramatic monologues as part of the Drake Writers and Critics Series on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave.

The featured students, both from Des Moines, are Brandon Courtney, a junior majoring in writing, and Rebekah Maxwell, a senior majoring in broadcast news.

Professors Owens, who joined the Drake faculty in 2003, teaches courses in drama and Irish literature. He received his bachelor's degree in Latin and English from DePauw University in 1996 and his Ph.D. in English literature from Indiana University in 2003. While at IU, he taught courses in drama, fiction, Irish literature and literary interpretation. He also directed plays by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Oscar Wilde, Tony Kushner and others. He specializes in theater performance and 20th-century British drama.

The Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or jennifer.perrine@drake.edu.

The fall Writers and Critics Series will conclude with the following event:

Dec. 4 -- Drake Writers' Night students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to bring and read a poem, a piece of short fiction or drama, or a short essay. This night is dedicated to celebrating and fostering the community of writers at Drake. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Honors Lounge in Medbury Hall, 2730 Forest Ave.