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‘Lady Revealed’ has London reading with A-list cast

A University of North Texas theater professor had a prestigious venue present a reading of his latest play on Friday.

Professor Andrew B. Harris wrote The Lady Revealed, a play about Shakespeare scholar A.L. Rowse, who revealed the identity of the “Dark Lady” of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Philippe Carden presented the reading on Friday at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden in London. Graham Christopher directed the reading. The cast included Geoffrey Beevers (Dr. Who, Inspector Morse), Pip Brignall (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Murder in the Cathedral), Patrick Knox (The Winter’s Tale, Richard III), Serena Manteghi (Agamemnon, Macbeth), Christabel Muir (Doc Martin), Sonia Ritter (The Merchant of Venice, The Honest Whore), Stephen Ventura (Downton Abbey) and Peter Wicks (A Hero of Our Time, The Hound of the Baskervilles).

The Lady Revealed is about an Oxford historian who finds the casebooks of an Elizabethan astrologer. Swept back in time to Shakespeare’s inner circle, he discovers the identity of the fabled Dark Lady. Convinced his discovery will earn him the royal Order of Merit, he is surprised to instead become the object of ridicule by the Oxbridge elite.

Harris is an Edward Albee scholar who compiled, produced and directed the world premiere of Albee’s Women. He has won a number of awards and teaches theater history, play analysis and playwriting at UNT.


UNT program plans recovery conference, film festival

Eagle Peer Recovery will host “Recovery for Life,” the 2014 North Texas Recovery Conference and Film Festival, on Sept. 18-20.

The film festival will screen major motion pictures and independent films about addiction and disorders associated with addiction.

The festival will begin Sept. 18 with the 2000 film Sharing the Secret about a teenage girl struggling with bulimia, and the 2014 documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight, a film that depicts the lives of men and women who cope with their mental illnesses in an Ottawa institution as they are being tried for criminal violence.

On Sept. 19, the festival will screen 2012’s Thanks for Sharing, which tells the story of a group of men and women in a 12-step group for sex addiction; and the 2011 drama Shame, about a man with sex addiction.

The final film screens Sept. 20. The Anonymous People, a documentary released this year, examines the consequences of addiction through interviews with people in recovery, and those who shepherd them through disease to wellness. The documentary suggests that recovery inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous is the best, most economical and long-term solution for addiction.

To register for the conference and film festival, or for more information, visit

One-day admission costs $10. Two-day admission costs $20, and registration for the full festival costs $25.


Lewisville nonprofit featured in Reader’s Digest list

A Lewisville nonprofit is featured in this month’s edition of Reader’s Digest.

The Denton County organization, Cleaning for a Reason, won the second spot in the magazine’s “Best of America 2014” edition.

Cleaning for a Reason partners with maid services to give free professional house-cleaning services to women who are in treatment for cancer.

The organization’s website reports that it has provided more than 17,000 cleanings for women with cancer, at a value of $4 million. It has partnered with more than 1,000 maid services.

“Best of America” names 25 people, phenomena, things and traditions that are happy or quirky. Cleaning for a Reason shares the list with square-dancing tractors, the ukulele and a kid who built a Braille printer using Legos, among others.

Check out the list online at To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason, visit


Band makes fundraising goal for third record

People on Vacation, a side project of Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Reddick and musician Ryan Hamilton, reached a fundraising goal to finance the band’s third album, POV New Album Experience.

Reddick said the band’s name was coined because he and Hamilton were “on vacation” — creatively — from their primary bands. The two first wrote The Carry On EP, followed by the debut album The Summer and the Fall. In 2012, the band tipped its hat to the 1989 Chevy Chase Vacation sequel with Holiday Vacation.

The crowd-sourced album is in production, but the band hasn’t announced a release date. A total of 704 fans backed the project.

Bowling for Soup claims Dallas as its hometown, but its roots are in Denton. Hamilton is best known for Smile Smile, his band with Jencey Hirunrusme.

To track the album’s production, visit


UNT institute auctions McMurtry first editions

Professor George Getschow is selling some first editions of novels by Larry McMurtry to raise money for students in the University of North Texas Frank W. Mayborn Institute of Journalism.

The online portion of the auction of the McMurtry books started a week ago and ends on July 20.

McMurtry won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his seminal novel, Lonesome Dove. Getschow, who teaches literary nonfiction writing in the Mayborn Institute, leads a group of graduate students from the school to Archer City, a tiny Texas town that inspired the fictional settings in The Last Picture Show and Texasville, each summer during the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference each July.

In addition to raising money for Mayborn students, the online auction celebrates the 10th Mayborn Conference, scheduled later this month.

The auction of 11 first-edition, autographed copies of McMurtry’s novels will continue with live bidding at 7 p.m. July 19 during the conference.

To browse and bid on the McMurtry novels and other items online, visit

To register for the Mayborn conference, visit

The conference will be July 18-20 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.

For more information about the auctions, call Stephanie O’Barr at Heritage Auctions at 214-409-1807, or email


Photographs Do Not Bend expands exhibit

A Dallas gallery owned by a Denton couple has added more art to its summer show.

Photographs Do Not Bend, the gallery owned and operated by Denton residents Burt & Missy Finger, has expanded “Summertime: And the Living Is Easy” into its John Albok Gallery. About 20 new photographs have been added, including Redbud in Bloom, Hidden Passage, Glen Canyon, shot by photographer Eliot Porter. Porter’s Glen Canyon series is housed at the Fort Worth Amon Carter Museum.

The exhibit celebrates the traditions of summer: baseball, porch-side leisure and foods that refresh. The exhibit includes Nickolas Muray’s 1927 portrait of baseball player Babe Ruth, Robyn Stacey’s huge photograph of a single watermelon and Chris Verene’s photo of a teens in the first flush of puppy love, embracing on the front stoop.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, in the Dallas Design District. For more information, visit or call 214-969-1852.


UNT music graduates rack up honors

Students in the University of North Texas College of Music recently won honors in competitions and in research efforts during the 2013-14 school year.

Doctoral saxophone student Jason Pockrus earned a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and is studying in China.

Pockrus is studying at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu. He is transcribing classical Chinese music, using the saxophone to recreate the sound of traditional Chinese instruments. The $26,000 grant covers travel, room and board and a monthly stipend and research allowance.

Doctoral musicology student Kimary Fick earned a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. The fellowship gives Fick a little more than $10,000. She will research German archives to explore the relationship between music of the early German Enlightenment and the philosophies and social conventions of the time.

Two music theory students, Ben Dobbs and Jeffrey Ensign, were selected to present papers at the Yale Graduate Music Symposium.

Dobbs presented “Competing Cosmologies: Christian and Neoplatonic Representations in Early Triadic Theory.” Ensign presented “Hybrid Forms in Electronic Dance Music-Top 40 Songs.”

Dobbs’ and Ensign’s were among only 12 papers selected for the symposium, and UNT was the only university to have more than one student selected. They presented their papers in the spring.

Jazz students also picked up awards before graduation. Addison Frei, an undergraduate piano student, won the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award this year. Keith Karnes, a doctoral trumpet student, also earned an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Composer Award. The award is given to composers younger than 30.

Doctoral conducting student Jessica Morel was among three winners on the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Atlanta. The honor afforded her a chance to conduct the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra in September. She was also named the assistant conductor of the Lewisville Lake Symphony for the 2014-15 season.

Cody Haddock, an undergraduate student, won the 2013 Percussive Arts Society College Individual Snare Drum competition, held in Indiana.

Other UNT music students landed professional spots.

Senior bass trombone student Sean Casey won a spot in the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors. He is now based in Washington, D.C., with the ensemble. He joins three other UNT trombone alumni: Mike Bravin, Mike Buckley and Luke Brimhall. The trombone section is now filled by UNT graduates.

Doctoral violin student Ai-Wei Chang joined the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in a full-time post.

UNT music graduates also joined music faculty at colleges and universities across the country:

* Kerry Glann, Ball State University choral studies program;

* Gregory Grabowski, Susquehanna University assistant professor and director of orchestra;

* Natalie Reitz, Kent State University at Stark (Ohio), assistant professor and choral director;

* Jonathan Yarrington, University of Southern Mississippi, assistant professor of voice; and

* Stacy Spring, Stephen F. Austin University, lecturer in bassoon and music history.

— Staff reports

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