Thursday, September 21, 2000

Nobel-winning Nigerian playwright likely to visit

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Nigerian Nobel Prize winner for literature Wole Soyinka is just about a lock for a visit to Cincinnati in late fall.

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka
        Reading series Theatre of the Mind, funded by an Ohio Arts Council grant, will partner with Miami University to bring the great poet-playwright here in late November.

        Dates and schedule of appearances are still to be set.

        “I think this is going to be an inspiration,” says Theatre of the Mind co-founder Norma Jenckes. “He's the first African to receive a Nobel Prize for literature, which is rarely given to a playwright. Eugene O'Neill is the only American to have been so honored.

        “He's committed to human rights, his plays are glorious, it will be wonderful to have someone of this stature in Cincinnati.”

        Theatre of the Mind will present a staged reading of Mr. Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Ensemble Theatre.

        Call 421-3555 for reservations and information.


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