CHRISTOPHER CARTMILL

Christopher Cartmill named 2009 Flournoy Playwright at Washington & Lee University

Washington & Lee University has chosen Christopher Cartmill to be the 2009 featured playwright for the seventh annual festival, following the likes of Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. Ruth E. Flournoy Theatre Endowment and celebrates the pivotal role of the playwright in theatre arts and encourages dramatic writing in the United States and throughout the world. "Playwrights are the heart and soul of the theater. They challenge cultural assumptions, question cherished beliefs, resurrect forgotten values and revitalize the theater for each passing generation," said Joseph Martinez, theater department chairman. "Institutions of higher learning have an obligation to support playwrights and play writing as part of a rich liberal arts tradition." Christopher will direct his play THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA and a reading of another work to be announce will also be presented. THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA 2/5-7 at the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts, Lexington, VA. For more information go to www.wlu.edu