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Beck Center for the Arts presents regional premiere of ‘Seminar’

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Beck Center for the Arts will be presenting the regional premiere of “Seminar” from May 30 through June 29, 2014 in the Studio Theater. Show times are 8:00 p.m. for Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. This production is recommended for mature audiences age 17 and older.

Nominated as “Best Play” by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League, “Seminar is the story of four young and unpublished novelists who come together to attend a private writing course with Leonard (an international literary figure). Using unorthodox means, Leonard manages to separate the wheat from the chaff as some writers thrive and others flounder.

Seminar is directed by Donald Carrier, the Associate Director for the Case Western Reserve University/CPH MFA Acting Program.“Seminar is ostensibly a play about writers, but it is applicable to the lives of any creative person,” remarked Carrier, whose career as an actor includes nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and three seasons at the Old Globe. “It captures the competitive aspect of artists at work in a comedic and profound way, and provides the audience with a window into the rigor and discipline involved in the creative process.”

Members of the cast include Scott Plate (Leonard) and Lara Knox (Kate) who appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Tickets for Seminar are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors (65 and older), and $12 for students (with valid ID). An additional $3 service fee per ticket is applied at the time of purchase. Preview Night on Thursday, May 29, is $10 with general admission seating.

Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

Beck Center’s production ofSeminar is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, free gallery exhibits, and outreach education programming. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.

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