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Stevens to present ‘An Evening with Madame F’ at Wofford

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Performance artist Claudia Stevens will present “An Evening with Madame F,” a one-woman show centered on Holocaust survivors, on Wednesday, March 24, at Wofford College. The 7 p.m. performance will be in the McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building.

It is free and open to the public.

“An Evening with Madame F” depicts the wrenching survival story of women musicians in Nazi concentration camps through music, song and drama.

Stevens draws on her background as a concert pianist, actress and classical vocalist to create innovative one-person musical theater. Among her other programs are “Lewis and Clark and Me,” developed for the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and “A Table Before Me,” and “In the Puppeteer’s Wake,” pieces that incorporate her family background, period music and theatrical styles, and marionette artistry to convey the tumultuous events that affected refugees during World War II.

Since 2001, Stevens’ tours have included a variety of venues in New York City, Boston, Providence, Baltimore, Louisville, San Antonio, Richmond and Washington, D.C. National Public Radio and PBS have produced full-length broadcasts of her works. She has received grants from the International Theater Institute and an Interdisciplinary Artist Grant from the national Endowment for the Arts. She has been a resident artist in Hungary at RS 9 Szinhaz in Budapest, at the Baltimore Theater Project and the MacDowell Colony, among others.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Stevens is a graduate of Vassar College and the Rubin Academy of Music. She received her doctorate in piano from Boston University.

For information on the Wofford College performance, contact Jameica Hill at 597-4635 or hilljb@wofford.edu.