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Feb. 2, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Musician and playwright Claudia Stevens will perform "Dreadful Sorry, Guys," a story of hate-inspired violence and the resulting guilt, Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 p.m. in the Tustin Theater at Bucknell University.

The one-act play, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by Hillel, Campus Jewish Life, the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life, the Women's Resource Center and the Office of LGBT Awareness.

"Dreadful Sorry, Guys" is inspired by the murder of Stevens' friend Gary Matson and his partner Winfield Mowder in 1999 near Redding, Calif.

The performance includes interfacing monologues with the characters of "My Man," the last Yahi Indian from Stevens' home in California; "Only," the lone Jewish survivor of Hitler's reign in a Polish town; and "Neander Doll," the last of her species.

Through these characters and events set to vocal and piano music, Stevens explores the human impulse to destroy that which is different from ourselves and the collective guilt that ensues from such crimes against humanity. The play also speaks to the emptiness of a world without diversity.

This is a return visit for Stevens, who performed "The Music of Auschwitz, An Evening with Madame F" at Bucknell in November 2001.

Associate professor of music at the College of William and Mary, she holds degrees in music from Vassar College and the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate from Boston University.

Following an early career as a concert pianist and recording artist, Stevens has combined her musical talents with her skills as a playwright to create a unique body of work in one-person musical theater.

Several of her unique works have been produced by Public Television and National Public Radio. She has received grants from the International Theater Institute, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and an NEA New Forms grant.

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