UNC-Chapel Hill to host reading of “In Abraham’s Bosom” on April 4

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UNC-Chapel Hill to host reading of “In Abraham’s Bosom” on April 4


The presentation of playwright Paul Green’s 1927 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will be followed by a panel discussion in Carolina’s Paul Green Theatre


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 24, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present a staged reading of “In Abraham’s Bosom,” the 1927 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by North Carolina playwright Paul Green, at 7 p.m. on April 4 in the Center for Dramatic Art’s Paul Green Theatre.


The Broadway production of “In Abraham’s Bosom” ran for 277 performances after premiering in 1926. It tells the post-Civil War story of a young man, born the son of a former slave owner and a poor black woman, who sees education as the means of raising himself and his people out of the bondage of segregation.


The reading will be directed by Joseph Megel, artist in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences department of communication and director of the UNC Process Series. Actors include PlayMakers Repertory Company members Ray Dooley, Alphonse Nicholson, Gregory DeCandia and Myles Bullock, local writer and actor Thomasi McDonald and others.


A panel discussion will follow the event featuring Laurence Avery, English professor emeritus; Reginald Hildebrand, associate professor of African, African American and diaspora studies; and Samm-Art Williams, a North Carolina native and nationally recognized playwright and actor.


The event is presented by the Paul Green Foundation and supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Pulitzer NC to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. University partners are the department of English and comparative literature, the Center for Dramatic Art and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.






About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Paul Green Foundation contact: Marsha Warren, (919) 942-6434, paulgreenfdn@gmail.com

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu