Kennesaw State presents “The Mutual Friend”

Special one-man show brings Charles Dickens to life

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KENNESAW, Ga. (September 16, 2013)

Literature meets the stage in John Anderson’s solo performance of “The Mutual Friend” on September 26-28 at the Stillwell Theater.


“The Mutual Friend,” a one-man show adapted from Fredrick Busch’s novel of the same name, retells the story of author Charles Dickens. Narrated by the novelist’s tour manager George Dolby, the show gives insight into the complexities of Dickens’ life experiences.


Assistant Professor Charles Parrott has coordinated the performance of John Dennis Anderson as George Dolby. Anderson is a renowned performer and performance studies scholar and Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College.


Parrott explains that John Gentile, Professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State, suggested the show to him. Parrott says Anderson “integrates his performance work into his research. This show highlights how performance can act as a form of knowing.” He hopes that students who see it will view research as something more dynamic than its traditional concept. He adds, "I hope it will inspire students to become scholarly artists."


“The Mutual Friend” will be performed September 26-28 at 8 p.m. in the Stillwell Theater. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $12 for KSU faculty, staff and students and $15 for alumni. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Box Office online or call 770-423-6650.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.




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