Playwright Steven Dietz to Visit Elon Oct. 5-6

Elon welcomes playwright for masterclass, public lecture and talkback for a performance of "American La Ronde."

Steven Dietz. Photo by Bret Brookshire.
American playwright Steven Dietz will visit Elon University Oct. 5 and 6 in conjunction with performances of his play “American La Ronde.”

Dietz is one of the most produced playwrights in the United States and the award-winning author of over thirty scripts including “Lonely Planet” and “God’s Country.” Elon’s Department of Performing Arts is producing Dietz’s play “American La Ronde” October 5-11 at the Roberts Studio Theatre, directed by Kevin Otos.

At Elon, Dietz will participate in a talkback after the Oct. 5 performance of “American La Ronde,” when audience members will have a chance to ask him about the script and his writing process. He will also give a talk about his career as a playwright and director in the professional theatre the afternoon of Oct. 6, open to the entire Elon community. Recognized as a “Traveling Master” by the Dramatists Guild for his expertise in teaching playwriting, Dietz will give a playwriting masterclass to Elon students on Oct. 6.

Dietz’s work has been produced internationally and translated into ten languages. He is currently professor of playwriting and directing at the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Susanne Shawyer in the Department of Performing Arts.

Dietz’s visit to Elon University is sponsored by the Fund for Excellence, as well as the Departments of English and Performing Arts.