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October 15, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Director
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The University of Texas at Tyler
903.566.7303 or 903.330.0495 (cell)

Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis to Perform at UT Tyler

Cowan Center graphic - Dukakis

Academy-award winning actress Olympia Dukakis will be the next performer at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

Dukakis’ one-woman show “Rose” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. This performance is not suitable for children.


Tickets are $61, $51, $41, $36 and $21 and are available at the Cowan Center box office, online at www.cowancenter.org or by calling 903.566.7424. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Sponsored by Betty Jo Riter, this is also a Braithwaite Performing Arts Program.


Media sponsors are KETK 56 and Gap Broadcasting.


“We are honored to welcome Olympia Dukakis to UT Tyler. She is widely acclaimed in the entertainment industry for her mastery in acting and award-winning career. Her performance in this production is one of her best as she brings to life this story of survival and hope. Her performance on the Cowan Center stage will be one of the highlights among many impressive artists in our history,” Thomae-Morphew said.

The play premiered in London in 2000 after it was written by Martin Sherman who had Dukakis in mind.


“Rose” is a gripping and inspiring story. At 80, she shares her incredible life journey that winds through war-torn Warsaw to modern-day Miami Beach.


Dukakis is best known for her role in the 1987 movie “Moonstruck” for which she earned Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television and Oscar awards for best supporting actress. Other outstanding work includes roles in such movies as “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Steel Magnolias” in which she played the unforgettable Clairee.


“‘Steel Magnolias’ is a great story about strong women, and ‘Rose’ is an equally gripping story about one strong woman,” Thomae-Morphew added.


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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