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Faculty Make Time's Best of Decade List

Three of top five plays named by Time Magazine written and/or directed by Communication faculty

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January 6, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. A staged re-telling of the myths of Ovid. And what one critic called a gripping drama that makes men think and women shudder.

What have they got in common? Northwestern University theatre and performance studies faculty and accolades from TIME magazine as the top plays of the past decade.

"August: Osage County" won TIME's top slot as best play. In 2008, Anna Shapiro, professor of theatre and director of the MFA in directing program, earned the coveted Tony Award for Best Direction of the play by Tracy Letts. Todd Rosenthal, associate professor of theatre, won a Tony Award for the play's scenic design. Assistant professor of theatre Ana Kuzmanic designed the costumes.

Number four on TIME's best of the decade list is "Metamorphoses," Mary Zimmerman's modern interpretation of the poetry and myths of Ovid. Zimmerman, Jaharis Family Professor of performance studies and former MacArthur "genius" award winner, both wrote and directed the play. She won the Tony Award for Best Direction of "Metamorphoses" in 2002. The play first was performed by students at Northwestern.

Fifth on the list is playwright Rebecca Gilman's "Boy Gets Girl," a drama about sexual stalking that premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before moving to New York. On a separate list, TIME drama critic Richard Zoglin also named Gilman's "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" as one of the top 10 plays of 2009. Gilman is assistant professor of radio/television/film.

All are faculty members in the School of Communication. Visit http://www.communication.northwestern.edu/news/press_release.php?itemID=88 for more information.