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September 26, 2005
Contact: Jasonne Grabher O'Brien , associate director of the Hall Center, (785) 864-7823.

English Alternative Theatre and Hall Center announce original production

LAWRENCE -- The English Alternative Theatre and the Hall Center for the Humanities announce the theatrical production "On the Yellow Brick Road with Salman Rushdie and Paul Stephen Lim: An Evening of Reminiscences and Revelations." The performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Lawrence Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance by two University of Kansas professors is being held in conjunction with Salman Rushdie's Oct. 6 lecture at the Lied Center. Rushdie's lecture is sponsored by the Hall Center and is part of the 2005-06 Humanities Lecture Series. For free tickets to the lecture, please contact the Lied Center box office, (785) 864-2787.

" On the Yellow Brick Road" is a dramatic response to Rushdie's 1992 essay "The Wizard of Oz," which is an appreciation and study of the classic 1939 movie. " 'The Wizard of Oz' was my very first literary influence," Rushdie writes. In the essay, he argues that "The Wizard of Oz" is not only a children's fantasy but also a film about exile and the shortcomings of adulthood. From "Midnight's Children" to "The Satanic Verses," Rushdie's books have been influential around the world. His most recent works include "Step Across This Line: Collected Non-Fiction, 1992-2002" and the new novel, "Shalimar the Clown."

" On the Yellow Brick Road" features John Younger, KU professor of classics and humanities and Western civilization, as Salman Rushdie and Paul Stephen Lim as himself, with technical assistance by Lee Saylor. Lim, who teaches playwriting in the English department at KU, founded English Alternative Theatre in November 1990. To date, EAT has mounted more than 50 full productions and 100 staged readings of plays.

For more information, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.

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