Playwright José Rivera to visit WFU

During a three-day visit to Wake Forest University, renowned Puerto Rican-born playwright José Rivera will present two free, public events.

“A Conversation with Playwright José Rivera” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Thomas C. Taylor Atrium on the second floor of the Calloway Center. Rivera will speak on “Writing as Vocation and Entrepreneurship,” followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Rivera will hold a reading in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center of his play “Brainpeople.” The play follows the story of two women invited to dine at the home of a wealthy, lonely stranger. As the women eat and drink, concern arises over the growing number of guests and the host’s motives. A “talk-back” with the playwright and cast will follow the reading.

Rivera, who studied with novelist Gabriel García Marquéz at the Sundance Institute, is known for creating tragicomedies that transform the bizarre into the familiar. He is the screenwriter of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” which is currently in theaters and receiving rave reviews. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Obie Awards, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Grant and a Fulbright Arts Fellowship.

The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest departments of theatre, English and Romance languages; the film studies program; and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts. The event is also funded in part through a mini-grant provided by the Pro Humanitate Center, a project of the Lilly Endowment.

For more information, call 336-758-4377.

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