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World premiere reading of ‘Spirit Line’ Nov. 7 and 8

A one-act play by JudyLee Oliva will receive a world premiere staged reading at the Miami University Art Museum. "Spirit Line," directed by Rebecca Howard, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8.

Howard, who teaches in Miami’s interdisciplinary studies and women’s studies programs, says the play is about a white woman who would like to learn how to make an authentic Navajo pot. "In the process, she discovers where her spirituality comes from," says Howard.

Oliva has a Chickasaw heritage, which she uses as a basis for her creative works. She is a New York-based playwright, poet, actress and lyricist who received a doctorate in theatre and drama from Northwestern University. Her plays have received numerous honors, including Northwestern’s Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award for "See Jane Run" and a $10,000 prize awarded by the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma for her musical, "Te Ata."

Oliva will be on hand for the staged reading and will also work with Howard’s theatre students while she is in Oxford.

The reading is presented in collaboration with the Center for American and World Cultures, the Native American Women Playwrights Archive and the department of theatre.

"Spirit Line" is part of a series of programs complementing the art museum exhibition, "Voices in Clay: Pueblo Pottery from the Edna M. Kelly Collection." For more information, call 9-2232.

Date Published: 11/01/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 14

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