Actress to promote peace with play project

— TV and stage actress Sharron Bower will discuss "A Dramatic Difference: Theatre, Politics and the Media" at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Room in the Washburn Union.

Bower's political activism first got media attention when she co-founded The Lysistrata Project, which resulted in 59 countries hosting 1,030 readings of "Lysistrata," Aristophanes' anti-war comedy, on March 3, 2003.

Bower's credits include numerous stage roles as well as repeat appearances on "The Guiding Light," "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."

Bower will be in Topeka through Jan. 31 to help launch an event similar to The Lysistrata Project: the nationwide reading of "Now Let Me Fly," a play commissioned for the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. "Now Let Me Fly" will debut at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Groups throughout the nation are being encouraged to join the commemoration by staging readings of "Now Let Me Fly" at the same time as the Topeka performance.


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