UTD Professor Dr. Frederick Turner to Bring
The Prayers of Dallas to Campus on Nov. 2

RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 14, 2005) — Renowned University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities Dr. Frederick Turner will bring his popular play The Prayers of Dallas to the Jonsson Performance Hall on campus on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Performed as a solo piece by Turner, the play will be free and open to the public.

Turner describes The Prayers of Dallas as “a portrait of the city, composed as a mosaic of 50 different voices, each a resident of Dallas, each in his or her most private moment, speaking to whatever is their own ultimate Listener. It is a celebration both of the diversity of the city and of a fundamental moral unity which is often unremarked.”

Dr. Frederick Turner, a Founders professor of Arts and Humanities, describes his play, The Prayers of Dallas, as "a portrait of the city, composed as a mosaic of 50 different voices... speaking to whatever is their own ultimate Listener."

Last November, an ensemble cast featuring many students and faculty members from UTD performed the work at the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas to critical acclaim. The City of Dallas and the State of Texas proclaimed the day of the first performance “Frederick Turner Day.”

An Oxford graduate, Turner has written 25 books, taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Kenyon College and lectured and given poetry readings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the David Robert Poetry Prize, the Levinson Poetry Prize, Gjenima Prize, the PEN Golden Pen Award and Hungary’s highest literary honor, the Milan Fust Prize.

More information about the performance can be found at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0506/prayers_dallas.htm.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected], or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.