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Playwright Linney visits Appalachian for Lecture and Performance July 7

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture features playwright Romulus Linney at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center at 2 p.m. July 7. The title of the lecture is “Teacher.” Also that day, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present Linney’s play “Silver River” at 8 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre.

For information about the lecture and play, call Derek Gagnier at (828) 262-6854. For ticket information, call the Valborg Theatre Box Office at (828) 262-3028.

“Silver River” is the dramatization of Linney’s 1966 novel, “Slowly, by thy Hand Unfold.”

Durham actress Christine Morris will perform the solo role in “Silver River,” portraying a semi-literate woman in a small American town. Organizers describe the play as “a study in compassion, determination and strength of the human spirit, depicted through the character of a simple, unschooled woman coming to terms with herself and her life.”

Linney is a writer of prose and drama with ties to North Carolina. The Philadelphia native spent many of his childhood summers in Boone. The Appalachian region was the inspiration for Linney’s first three novels and several of his theatre works.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has previously produced several of Linney’s works. A special production of Linney’s play “Hisself” was commissioned for the Appalachian centennial celebration in 1999.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, provides courses and programs toward a liberal arts degree and teacher certification, as well as courses that provide the general student population with an opportunity for integrated learning through the arts. For more information, visit the department’s Web site at