New York Playwright to Spend Week with Mason Students

Posted: November 10, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Oni Faida Lampley, Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright, will have a workshop on her newest play, Here to Put My Father in the Ground, at George Mason next week. Mason students and faculty will participate in several readings and discussions throughout the week, and the general public is invited to a session on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building.

The event is coordinated by Lynnie Raybuck, assistant theater professor, for the Contemporary Women Playwrights course. Students will have the opportunity to participate in performance readings and offer feedback to the playwright. “I had students read and discuss Lampley’s one-person show two years ago when I last taught this class,” Raybuck says. “Her new play seems to be in a perfect place for development and she accepted my offer to let us support her. She will have just completed a professional reading and we will start the process with a fresh rewrite. She wants to explore both text and physical issues.”

Lampley, a working actor and playwright in New York City, won a Helen Hayes Award for her first play, Mixed Babies. She has appeared on television shows such as One Life to Live, The Sopranos, and Law and Order, and several movies. She has received several grants and commissions and has studied and worked in the United States, Africa, and Europe. Portions of her personal video diary were broadcast as a Lifetime TV special, Say It, Fight It, Cure It.

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