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Everyman Theatre to Host Panel this Weekend with Top-Level Theatrical Leaders

On this Saturday, January 18th, Everyman Theatre welcomes top-level theatrical leaders for its panel discussion entitled "How Women's Voices in the Theatre Reflect Our Culture." The panel is a part of the new discussion series, The World of the Play, which began earlier this season.

Joining host and moderator Marc Steiner will be three colleagues of the highest caliber: Teresa Eyring (Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, New York), Jacqueline Lawton (professional playwright and dramaturg, Washington, DC), and DR. Jackson Bryer (professor emeritus of American theatre at University of Maryland, College Park). The panel discussion takes place this Saturday, January 18th at 5 PM at Everyman Theatre.

The panel discussion is inspired by Everyman's current production of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Crimes of the Heart. The discussion will delve into the surprising inequality when it comes to female playwrights on the American stage and how this lack of the feminine voice may be a reflection of our culture itself.

Teresa Eyring has served as the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group in New York since 2007. Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is the national organization for the American theatre, offering members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through its conferences, events, research and grants. Ms. Eyring has been an executive in theatres around the U.S. for over twenty years. She previously served as the managing director of the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and as the Director of Development at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA in theatre administration at the Yale School of Drama.

Jacqueline Lawton was named one of the 30 of the nation's leading black playwrights by Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Institute. Her plays include Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Hampton Years; Love Brothers Serenade (2013 semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference), Mad Breed and Our Man Beverly Snow. She has received commissions from Active Cultures Theater, Discovery Theater, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, Round House Theatre and Theater J. A member of Arena Stage's Playwright's Arena and the Dramatist Guild of America, Ms. Lawton resides in Washington, D.C.

DR. Jackson Bryer is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of English with more than 40 years of service to the University of Maryland. He was honored in 2004 with the university's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. Over the years, Dr. Bryer has worked closely with the Department of Theatre as an affiliate faculty member and literary advisor, and his efforts have been instrumental in bringing such notable theatre practitioners as Edward Albee, Beth Henley, and Wendy Wasserstein to speak to our students. Dr. Bryer is the author, editor, co-author, or co-editor of 3l books,and has made 37 contributions to books, and 30 journal articles.

Radio personality Marc Steiner (The Marc Steiner Show) will moderate each of the discussions. In the 20 years since his show began airing, Marc Steiner has become one of the most recognized voices in Maryland and has gained national acclaim for his insightful style of interviewing. Mr. Steiner also has a deep understanding for theatre; he taught theatre for ten years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Tickets for the Crimes of the Heart-themed panel - "How Women's Voices in the Theatre Reflect Our Culture" - are now on sale and may be purchased by calling 410.752.2208 or by visiting

Crimes of the Heart has been extended and is running now through February 9th, offering performances Wednesday through Sunday, with selected Tuesday evening performances.

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