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Feb 28

Convocation: Don Zolidis '97

Playwright Don Zolidis discusses the power of art and the radical nature of irreverence to change the world.

Friday, February 28th, 2020
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
  • Convocation: Don Zolidis '97
Don Zolidis Convocation
Don Zoldis

Don Zolidis ’97 is one of the most-produced playwrights in America. His 118 published plays have received more than 15,000 productions and have appeared in every state and 67 countries. In fact, they're done so often that his work is actually produced more than Neil Simon or any other living playwright. His beginnings as a playwright occurred in Nourse Little Theatre as an English major at Carleton.

A former middle and high school teacher, Zolidis began writing hilarious comedies and moving dramas that both appealed to his students of diverse backgrounds and proved to be popular around the world.  His first novel was published in 2018 β€” The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is a young adult novel loosely based on a relationship he had while at Carleton. His work as a satirist, humorist, and parodist feeds his belief in the transformative power of art to create a more just and equitable society.

The title of his presentation is β€œIn defense of silliness: how the radical nature of irreverence can change the world.”

Sponsored by Carleton Convocations. Contact: Kerry Raadt