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Literary Society Presents NY Times Writer

Frank Rich to Lecture on "Theatre in the Age of Disney"

Teaneck, NJ (April 13, 2001) Frank Rich, former chief drama critic for The New York Times and now Op-Ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine, will appear at FDUs Gene Barnett Literary Society Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 1. His lecture, "Theatre in the Age of Disney," will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. There will be books for sale and signing.

His latest book, "Ghost Light: A Memoir," was published last fall. The memoir is the story of a boy who, during a time of turmoil in his family, found solace and understanding in the theater. It also serves as a personal history of theater productions of the 50s and 60s. The "ghost light" is the light left on in the theater all night to scare away hostile spirits. In addition, Rich is the author of "Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993," a collection of his drama reviews, and "The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson" co-authored with Lisa Aronson.

Before joining The Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he had been film critic for the New York Post and film critic and senior editor of New Times magazine.

Frank Rich earned his B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. Rich and his wife, Alex Witchel, a reporter for The New York Times, live in Manhattan. They have two sons.

At Fairleigh Dickinson, the Literary Society lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall on the Hackensack side of the campus. There is no advance ticket sale. All tickets, at $8, are available at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the lecture. For further information call (201) 692-7337.

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