Professor’s Play to Show at Kennedy Center

Posted: June 27, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hagan Colo

In Search of Tonto Goldstein, a play written by communication adjunct professor Linda Hopper and her colleague Joy Jones, will be performed at the Kennedy Center on July 1. The comic play focuses on a long-term platonic relationship between two women named Maud and Hannah and their activities such as loving multiple men, getting tattoos, and discussing why it’s better to grow older and not wiser. In Search of Tonto Goldstein is the first play Hopper has written.

Hopper, who has been involved with the university since 1979, introduced herself to the Mason community by judging speech competitions. She currently teaches organizational communication at Mason and also holds the position of director of leadership management at Georgetown University.

For this play, Hopper teamed up with Jones, a prominent local playwright, teacher, and writer whose plays have been seen on stages in New York, California, and Washington, D.C. Her play Outdoor Recess won first place in the Promising Playwrights Contest and was produced by the Colonial Players in Annapolis, Md. In addition to writing plays and books, Jones teaches middle school and is the director of The Spoken Word Performance Poetry Ensemble.

In Search of Tonto Goldstein will be performed on July 1 from 9:05 to 9:45 p.m. at the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center. To purchase tickets, call the Kennedy Center Instant Charge at (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600.

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