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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
March 15, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Hosts Talk with Renowned Playwright Kia Cothron, March 21

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama will host a talk with renowned African American playwright Kia Cothron at 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the Philip Chosky Theatre in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Following the production of her work "Slide Glide, The Slippery Slope," the talk will include the cast and will end with a reception in the Purnell Center lobby.

"Kia Cothron, one of the most widely produced and exciting new playwrights in the American regional theatre, is visiting Pittsburgh for the first time," said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama. "She has been described as a 'more poetic, cerebral version of her fellow African American playwright Susan Lori Parks.' Her work is ambitious, challenging and remarkable. We are proud to be realizing her work 'Slide Glide' and for the opportunity to welcome her to the university and the city."

Cothron is an African-American female playwright who is recognized nationally as an important and essential new voice in American theater who addresses relevant and controversial issues of today such as human cloning and genetic engineering. Cothron attracted attention and strong reviews for her play, "Force Continuum," a drama about three generations of black police officers. The play examines issues of police brutality in New York City. Her work has been commissioned by major nonprofit theatres such as the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Tickets are still available for the March 21 performance of "Slide Glide" and can be purchased by calling the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407. For more information about the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, by email at or visit


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