Playwright & Director to Speak at MCC Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., March 2, 2007) - Playwright Catherine Sheehy and director Mark Rucker will discuss their stage adaptation of Jane Austen's classic book, Pride and Prejudice, at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the Selby Room, building 800, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. The event is free and open to the public.

While artists in residence at The Hermitage, a not-for-profit artist retreat located on Manasota Key, Sheehy and Rucker developed their adaptation of the novel for an Asolo Rep (Repertory) Theatre production. Sheehy is resident dramaturge at one of the nation's leading professional theatres, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Conn. Rucker is an award-winning theatre and film director. His film, Die, Mommie, Die!, won a Best Fiction Feature award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and a Best Film From the U.S. award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2003.

The event at MCC Venice is part of a Beyond the Book project, which is sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice and Asolo Repertory Theatre in cooperation with several local organizations, agencies, libraries and bookstores to inspire reading, literacy and community connection. The world premiere of the Pride and Prejudice adaptation will be performed in Asolo's Mertz Theatre March 23 through May 6.

The Hermitage brings mid-career painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5-acre campus. Each artist is asked to share his or her unique talents with children, adults and seniors in Sarasota County and adjacent Gulf Coast communities by contributing two community services.  

For more information about the MCC event, call Jane Jones at (941) 408-1499. Learn more about Beyond the Book activities at For information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call Bruce Rodgers at (941) 475-2098.

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