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An Evening with Tony Award-winning Actress Alice Ripley

Posted Oct. 4, 2010

Alice RipleyActress, singer and artist Alice Ripley, who received a Tony award in 2009 for her Broadway performance in Next to Normal, will speak at Kent State University on Mon., Oct. 18 at 7:30 pm in the Kiva Auditorium in the Kent Student Center, 1065 Risman Plaza in Kent. The "Inside the Actors' Studio"-style interview is sure to provide audience members with a rare glimpse at the rewards, sacrifices and demands of a Broadway actor's career. The event is free and open to the public. General seating is limited and will be issued at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. A complimentary dessert reception will immediately follow the presentation. Parking in the KSC parking lot is $6 for the evening. Reservations are not required. For information, call the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760 for more information.

Ripley's work includes nearly  20 years as an actor on and off Broadway. Her work in Side Show (1996) as Violet Hilton earned her a cult following of devoted audiences and she was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of a conjoined twin. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal (2009) is the piece that won a Tony award for Ripley in the role of Diana Goodman, along with a Helen Hayes award. Ripley has written a hundred songs and records and performs regularly with her band RIPLEY, and she also works on canvases with mixed media and experiments with video and photography. She is a Kent State alumna of the School of Theatre and Dance.

Ripley will soon begin a tour of Next to Normal which is slated to come through Cleveland to Playhouse Square in June 2011.

"An Evening with Alice Ripley" is made possible by the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series which brings diverse views to Kent State in the fields of architecture, visual art, music, theatre, and dance to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community. The Series was created by Max and Cecile Draime in memory of their dear friend and architect Tom Schroth.


For more information, contact:

Effie Tsengas, PR Marketing Coordinator, College of the Arts
330-672-8398 or

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