January 21, 2018
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Playwright and COA Alumna Andrea Lepcio Returning to Campus

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BAR HARBOR, ME—COA’s Coffee & Conversation series wraps up Tuesday, August 27 with award- winning playwright Andrea Lepcio and faculty member Jodi Baker, professor of theater and performing arts. The talk will be in the Deering Common Community Center at 9 a.m.

Lepcio, who is a 1979 graduate of COA, is the author of Looking for the Pony, which was named an NEA Outstanding New American Play finalist. Her plays have been presented at HERE, Chashama, Epiphany Theater, NewShoe, Shalimar Productions, Three Chicks Theatre, Williamsburg Art Nexus, and Women’s Project in New York. Her screenplay, A September Spring, won the Sloan Foundation Dramatic Writing Award. A two-time finalist for the Heideman Award, her work has been published by New York Theatre Experience, Estrogenius, lichen and Smith & Kraus. She is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director and is a visiting faculty member in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon.

“We are looking forward to having Andrea return to campus,” COA President Darron Collins said. “She has an incredible talent with creating wry, witty, and intense experiences; real-life relationship struggles that cover everything from love to cruelty. People are still talking about the last time she spoke at COA years ago – she really engages the audience with her raw honesty and strong sense of humor.”

Lepcio and Baker will discuss contemporary theater and the power of the performing arts. Lepcio will give insight into her craft, how for her the richest writing is found in the moment, when she is fully present, thinking and feeling her way. Primary themes in her plays are relationship and loss, responsibility and indifference, and the polar actions of life: to welcome and to reject. Each play is a conversation.

For more information about this event, which is free and open to the public, contact Kim Childs, kchilds@coa.edu or 207-801-5625.

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LECTURE: Tuesday, August 27th at 9 a.m. Award winning playwright and COA alumna Andrea Lepcio ’79 will speak with COA’s new performing arts professor Jodi Baker about contemporary theater and the power of the performing arts. Deering Common Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. kchilds@coa.edu or 207- 801-5625. newsworthy.coa.edu