FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 2, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

“Faces of America” presents nine tales of diversity

SPRINGFIELD – “Faces of America,” a one-person play dealing with issues of diversity and multiculturalism in America today, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is free and open to the public.

Written by Colin Cox and Fran de Leon, “Faces” was drawn from interviews and workshops with young people across the country.  The play that grew out of these interviews presents nine moving, true, and sometimes shocking stories of young Americans from all walks of life. As they challenge the stereotypes of race, class, and sexual orientation placed on them by previous generations, the young people speak of their hopes for the future.

Now in its sixth season of touring, “Faces” premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “best bet.” It was on the roster of special events for the 51st and 52nd United Nations Day celebration and has been called “wonderfully insightful in its witty, tragic, and joyous portrayal of human nature” and “a rare, timely, carefully balanced, and powerful message for all humankind.”

Sponsors at UIS are the Diversity Task Force, Speakers Series Committee, Capital Scholars program, and Office of Access and Equal Opportunity.  For more information, contact Access and Equal Opportunity at (217) 206-6222 or visit www.uis.edu/aeo/connections/htm and under the “Research/Resources” column, select “Will & Company.”