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Staged Reading of Prof. Bob Lawson’s Play at Presidential Library

February 22, 2013

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Franklin Pierce University Professor Bob Lawson will have his play, Empires Fall, read at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas on March 1. Lawson was commissioned by former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater to collaborate on the play together. Empires Fall investigates the years 1989-1991, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and examines the relationship between General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and President George H.W. Bush.The staged reading at the Presidential Library will be streamed live and projected at Franklin Pierce’s Warehouse Theater at 7 p.m., March 1; members of the community are welcome to attend this special event. The play will also be streamed live online at:

Empires Fall had its first staged reading at Ford's Theater in D.C. in 2011. The March 1 reading will be performed by Texas A&M’s Performance Studies Department. Lawson is a writer, director, composer, screenwriter, and visual artist with an extensive resume of impressive works. He was a co-author, co-producer, and second director of the indie film shot in Vancouver, What Goes Up, with actors Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Molly Shannon, Josh Peck, Max Hoffman, and Olivia Thirlby. Lawson is also working on Tyler's Gap, a television pilot with What Goes Up co-author and director Jonathan Glatzer. Lawson’s plays have been performed at many different venues around the country and abroad, and many Monadnock locals know him for his work with Andy’s Summer Playhouse throughout the years.




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