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What was your inspiration for Describe the Night

Join Rajiv Joseph, playwright, screenwriter and Miami University alum, in a virtual discussion about his life and work including the recent Miami University Theatre Department reading of Describe the Night an epic play that traces the stories of seven lives connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories.    

Joseph is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts for his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He also won the Obie Award for Best New American Play for both Guards at the Taj and Describe the Night. He is the 2020-21 Cromer/Flory Artist-in-Residence.

Presented in collaboration between the Miami University College of Creative Arts Department of Theatre and Performing Arts Series.

About the Cromer/Flory Artist-in-Residence Fund 

Betty Schiewetz Cromer, Miami ’41, and her sister, Mary Eleanor Schiewetz Flory, Miami ’39, believed that fine arts were an essential part of their undergraduate experience. In honor of his sisters, Richard Schiewetz established an endowment for such a program with the Miami University Foundation, creating the Cromer/Flory Artist-in-Residence Fund. Each year, the fund supports a campus visit by an individual who enjoys a distinguished career as a performing musician, professional actor, director, or artist.


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