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Renowned playwright and soap opera pioneer to speak at Clark

Writing - Lecture/Discussion

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Little Center

Harding Lemay, the actor, playwright and writer who revolutionized the soap opera for Americas TV viewers, will present Writing Plays, Writing Soaps, a lecture and discussion.

Trained in the Stanislavisky method of realism at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse, Lemay has had several plays produced Off-Broadway. As head writer for Another World, the most watched soap opera in the history of the genre, he was instrumental in changing the form and style of the soaps, moving them from plot to complex character-driven dramas. He will speak about the influence of Ibsen and Chekhov upon his writing for the soap opera as well as the importance of such novelists as Balzac and Turgenev, who published their novels in serial form.
Lemay was born in 1922 on a Mohawk Indian reservation. He left home at 17 and pursued acting in New York, switched to writing plays and eventually took up teleplays. His work on Another World was often controversial and considered groundbreaking. In 1975 he received an Emmy Award for Best Writing-Daytime Serial, for Another World.
Lemays plays include The Joslyn Circle and the Off Season: Two Plays, From a Dark Land, and Little Birds Fly. He is also the author of Inside, Looking Out (Harpers Magazine Press 1971), which was nominated for National Book Award as best American biography. He published a memoir in 1981 titled Eight years in Another World (Atheneum).
A Soap Opera Digest (October 1997) interviewer wrote of Lemay: The fearlessness he learned in his childhood has inspired the kind of tenacity and drive and relentless search for what rings true in his life and in the fictional worlds he has helped to create.
This free, public lecture is co-sponsored at Clark by the Communications and Culture, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts programs, as well as the Higgins School of Humanities.

Cost: Free

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult

Phone: 508-793-7180

Last Modified: October 31, 2006 at 2:52 PM


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