Monday, May 01, 2006

Suzan-Lori Parks to speak May 15

The final speaker in this year's series is playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her drama Topdog/Underdog.

The former MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant recipient also wrote screenplays for Spike Lee's 1996 film Girl 6 and Denzel Washington's forthcoming The Great Debaters.

KLRU will feature Ms. Parks in an encore presentation of Stage on Screen: The Topdog Diaries on Monday, May 8.

Join us at the Paramount Theater on Monday, May 15 for a lively discussion on writing, art, and society. Individual event tickets are now available, as are discounted subscriptions for 2007.


At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Corey Atkins said...

It's a shame that there are no student discounts or rush to these events (according to the people at KLRU is (ostensibly) under the auspices of UT, and if UT students are the future of the country, shouldn't they get a little bit of a hand...? Just another hole punched in the hollow "Keep Austin Weird" slogan--'weird' (whatever that even means...) would be enabling students and youth to receive actual cultural enrichment for less than the price of an Xbox game, 4 pitchers of beer, 6 movie tickets, 10 new full outfits at a thrift store, or any other form of distraction to which students are so commonly (and stereotypically, I'd like [hope] to think) supposed to spend their (scholarship) money on...

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Nell Edgington said...


We do very much want students to participate in Spark. In fact, we occassionally invite high school students to the events and held a special separate event the morning after Brian Greene with 100+ high school students. All of the Spark events sell half price tickets the day of the show, so students can always get tickets that way.

Spark is a fundraiser for KLRU, so although we would love to give away hundreds of free tickets to students, it would limit our ability to raise money. We do the half-price day of and occasional student giveaway to balance our desire to bring students to the events with our need to make some money for KLRU, which is a nonprofit organization and actually not under UT. Although we are housed at UT we are a completely separate organization, receive no funding from UT, and must raise over $6 million each year from the local community. Spark is part of this fundraising effort.

I hope you can join us for next year's Spark series. We have some great speakers lined up and will make every effort to involve students as we have in the past. Thanks!

-Nell Edgington, VP of Development, KLRU


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