Horton Foote to discuss playwrighting during free lecture at Rice Sept. 16

CONTACT: B.J. Almond
(713) 348-6770
EMAIL: balmond@rice.edu


Friends of Fondren Library invited Foote for
their Distinguished Guest Lecture

Academy Award-winning
playwright Horton Foote will share his thoughts on writing plays and screenplays
during a free public lecture at Rice University Sept. 16.

Invited by the Friends
of Fondren Library for their Distinguished Guest Lecture, Foote will speak at 5
p.m. in Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall. Reservations are
not needed. Free parking is available in Lot L by Entrance 8 from University
Boulevard and Lot E by Entrance 13 from Rice Boulevard.

Foote’s screenplay of
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and his original screenplay for “Tender
Mercies” both won Oscars. Foote received the Pulitzer Prize in drama for “The
Young Man from Atlanta” and an Emmy for his dramatization of William Faulkner’s
“The Old Man.” He also has been honored with the U.S. Presidential National
Medal of Arts and the Writers Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

Foote has written two
dozen plays that have been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway and at many
regional theaters. Houston hosted the world premiere of his most recent play,
“The Carpetbagger’s Children,” this past June in a production that starred Jean

The Friends of Fondren
Library will host a reception after Foote’s presentation. Foote’s memoir,
“Farewell,” will be available for purchase.

The Friends of Fondren
Library was founded as an association of library supporters interested in
increasing the resources of Rice University’s Fondren Library and making them
better-known. The organization raises funds to purchase rare books, manuscripts
and other materials needed to support teaching and research at Rice.

For more information,
call (713) 348-5157.

Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’s
best teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700
undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for each
place in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio
of 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private American
universities; residential college system, which builds communities that are both
close-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,
integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduate
work. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and on
America’s South Coast.

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