The Catholic University of America

Oct. 10, 2006

Professional Actors Return to Perform at Their Alma Mater

TV and stage actors and actresses will this year return to the school where they received their drama training - The Catholic University of America - and perform plays as a benefit to fund drama scholarships.

On Nov. 10, 11 and 12, the Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk-Pinter will return to her alma mater to perform in A.R. Gurney's two-person play "Love Letters."

Colleen Zenk-Pinter, who has been nominated for two Emmys for her portrayal of Barbara in "As the World Turns," will team up with her husband - fellow TV and movie actor Mark Pinter - to perform Gurney's wry and poignant play that tells the story of a couple who can't live with, or without, each other, and whose lifelong love is revealed only through their letters.

Colleen Zenk-Pinter first began to focus on acting while a drama student at Catholic University from 1971 to 1973. Mark Pinter had a featured role in the 2001 movie "Vanilla Sky," has portrayed memorable, long-running characters on "All My Child" and "Another World," and has been a guest star on many primetime television series.

The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Callan Theatre in CUA's Hartke building, located on Harewood Road. Tickets performance are $25 each; net proceeds will go exclusively to provide financial assistance to academically excellent undergraduates in CUA's drama department.

During the same weekend, the Pinters will also perform the play at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. The veterans will enjoy the show free of charge.

On Feb. 9, 10 and 11, 2007, CUA drama alumnus Joe Plummer will perform "Will Shakespeare-Live!" a one-man show of his own devising that mixes biography with some of Shakespeare's favorite characters, from Macbeth to Falstaff to Juliet, for a lively evening "with the Bard." Plummer earned his drama degree from Catholic University in 1954 and has established a reputation for writing and performing in one-man and two-man plays portraying such historical figures as Charles Dickens and Shakespeare.

His CUA performances will be a part of D.C.'s 2007 Shakespeare in Washington Festival and will be included in the festival's official brochure.

"Will Shakespeare-Live!" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 and 11, at the Callan Theatre in CUA's Hartke building, located on Harewood Road. Tickets are $25 each; net proceeds will go exclusively to provide financial assistance to academically excellent undergraduates in CUA's drama department.

MEDIA: For details about covering the performances, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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The CUA Department of Drama has a 65-year history of producing professional actors who have achieved great success on stage and screen. Its alumni include Susan Anspach, , Philip Bosco (a Tony Award winner for best actor, and a five-time Tony nominee), Pat Carroll, Henry Gibson (of "Laugh-In" fame), Laurence Luckinbill, David Sabin, Susan Sarandon, Frances Sternhagen, Jon Voight, and Halo Wines.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu