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Award-Winning Performer and Playwright Deb Margolin to Present 8 Stops

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Deb Margolin

Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Artist Deb Margolin, an award-winning solo performer and playwright, will present her most recent solo performance, 8 Stops, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in 16 Borland (Arts and Design Research Incubator). The performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP at 865-0591.

8 Stops, “a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion,” premiered in April 2014 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as part of the center’s residency with celebrated poet and performance artist Dael Orlandersmith.

Margolin, whose honors include an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance and the Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University, has worked extensively with young artists at New Dramatists playwright center, Yale and other studio settings. While at Penn State, she will work with both undergraduate and graduate students, including an “actors’ studio” in Theatre 100 and masterclasses in several graduate classes.

According to Penn State theatre professor Bill Doan, who nominated Margolin for the residency at the University, she excels at helping students understand both the significance of their own stories and how and why they need to share those stories with others. “She expertly addresses questions of self and family, self and society, in ways that transform our thinking about how our stories are connected and disconnected, individual and collective, internal and transcendent. Her mode of operating is performance: performance as a means for understanding, resisting, participating and developing agency. Margolin will lead students to an understanding of the relationship between story and performance that is fresh and vital.”

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