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Nationally known playwright Lee Blessing works with U of M students

New play, “Courting Harry” to be read on Oct. 13

October 11, 2012

What: First reading of “Courting Harry”
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
Where: Rarig Center's Kilburn Arena Theatre, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, (West Bank)
Who: Lee Blessing and U of M Theatre Arts students

Nationally known playwright Lee Blessing’s new play “Courting Harry” will be given a first public reading on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Rarig Center’s Kilburn Arena Theatre, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, on the U of M’s West Bank.

Blessing, a Minneapolis native, has been on campus since Wednesday, Oct. 10 working with playwriting students and rehearsing with student performers in the U of M’s Theatre, Arts and Dance Department.

“We are thrilled to have a playwright of Lee Blessing’s stature interacting and challenging our students,” said Carl Flink, chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department. “We are so excited to join in this Reimagining Community Partnership with alumus Ron Peluso of St. Paul’s History Theatre, who will direct and produce “Courting Harry” in the spring as part of their season.” 
Blessing’s residency will culminate with the workshop reading of “Courting Harry” which explores the lifelong friendship Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Harry Blackmun, both natives of St. Paul. The friendship was put to the test in one of the most contentious cases of all time: Roe v Wade.

The reading is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and reservations are required. Please email Jenna Frankenfield at

“Courting Harry” will be produced this spring by St. Paul’s History Theatre.

This invited reading is performed by theatre students under the guidance of Dominic Taylor, U of M Professor of Playwriting and the direction of History Theater Artistic Director Ron Peluso.

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