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September 2, 2001

One-Man Show Tells Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author's Story

A household name in the 1950s, William Saroyan and his life are the subject of an original one-man show by Todd Wronski, associate professor of theatre at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., and a professional actor, director, and playwright. A free performance of the play, In My Case, an Exception Should Be Made: An Audience with William Saroyan, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at Mathers Theatre, Holland Union Building, College Street. Reservations are recommended.

Saroyan was one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century, winning the Drama Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Time of Your Life and an Academy Award for his novel turned movie The Human Comedy.

Wronski began working on his in-depth look at Saroyan and his work almost two years ago. Using archival materials from Stanford University and the William Saroyan Foundation, Wronski compiled over a thousand excerpts from Saroyan's works. This performance piece offers a complex portrait of the colorful character of Saroyan, including his professional life, works, and opinions while maintaining the vitality, humor, and idealism that were unique to his writing.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call 245-1239 Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. - noon between Aug. 27 - 31. Any unreserved tickets will be given at the door on a first come, first-served basis.

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