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Lehman Professor Directs New Play in Studio Theatre

January 31, 2011


Professor Susan Watson Turner

Veteran theatre professional and Lehman Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Professor Susan Watson Turner is directing a new play, "Barn Razin," that will run through February 13 in the Studio Theatre.

Written by Lou Ramirez and produced by the Urban Theatre Initiative, "Barn Razin" is a mystery set on Long Island, where three men are being held against their will. The narrative takes a penetrating look at hate crimes and their subsequent victims. Confrontations among four Long Islanders—a Costa Rican migrant worker, a land developer, an Italian American, and an African American—spark the realization that humanity ultimately joins them toget.

"Sometimes when you choose a play, it is because it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, or it makes you think," says Professor Turner, who has worked in regional theater and off-Broadway productions. "While the horrendous Arizona shootings that shocked the nation were taking place, we were in rehearsal for the play, and we became acutely aware that, quite possibly, this play chose us." Her writing credits include Just a Night OutA Musical Love Story, A Fire InsideThe story and poetry of Nikki Giovanni, and a short film The Mattress Hustle. Her one-act play Muladu and the Bible was selected as a finalist in a national competition sponsored by the American Theatre in Higher Education.

Playwright Lou Ramirez is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and recently appeared in America Hurrah at La Mama. Producer Yolanda Blackwood received her B.A. in theater management from Lehman last fall and is a former board member of the Alliance Theatre in Connecticut.

For tickets or additional information, call 718-960-6087 or email barnrazing@verizon.net. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. General admission is $18, and $10 for students and seniors. Special school performances will be held on February 9, 10, and 11 at 11 a.m.