Triple threat: Keenan Lecture draws talent
Lawrence R. Keenan, UVA class of ‘66, a lawyer and a playwright, died in 1999 from complications of bone cancer. In his honor, his friends and family established the Keenan Lectureship in UVA’s Drama Department. Speakers at past lectures have included Margaret Edson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wit, playwright Rebecca Gilman, and Barry Edelstein, artistic director of the Classic Stage Company.
This year’s guest lecturer is Theresa Rebeck, co-executive producer of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, writer for a number of television series, and often-produced playwright. Rebeck has written for the HBO series Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, Maximum Bob, First Wave, Third Watch, and NYPD Blue, where she also worked as a producer.
In film she has written the screenplay for Kalamazoo, an independent short starring Wallace Shawn and Adrienne Shelley. Other features include Harriet the Spy and Gossip. She wrote Catwoman for di Novi Pictures/Warner Brothers, The Richest Girl in the World for 20th Century Fox/RKO Pictures, War Crimes for Francis Ford Coppola, and is currently penning Bloodlines for Winkler Films.
Rebeck’s stage plays have been seen in London, Brazil, Finland, and Scotland as well as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and many other American cities. Her play The Butterfly Collection was produced by Playwrights Horizons, after summer workshops at both South Coast Rep and New York Stage and Film. Dollhouse, a contemporary retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, enjoyed a run at Hartford Stage. Abstract Expression had its world premier at the Longwharf Theater of New Haven in November 1998.
A collection of her one-acts, Rebeck Revisited, ran for nine months at Theater Neo in Los Angeles, making the LA Weekly’s list as one of the 10 best plays of 1999. Rebeck has also received a number of awards including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue.
The Randall R. Keenan Lecture takes place on Sunday, November 24, at the Culbreth Theatre. 3pm. The lecture is free, and an open reception follows. 243-7752.