June 16, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / high-res photo available upon request
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu




In One-Man-Show, “Lake Wobegon Days”

As Something For Everyone Series Goes on Hiatus

WINSTON-SALEM – The Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present Garrison Keillor in his highly acclaimed one-man-show, Lake Wobegon Days, for two performances only: 4 and 7:30 pm. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

Keillor is the host of public radio's popular “A Prairie Home Companion” and author of the best-sellingLake Wobegon Days.” An American author, storyteller, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality, Keillor has made a career of telling stories about the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon: “Where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above-average.”  

Garrison Keillor

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 23. Tickets are $57 for Orchestra level seating; and $46 and $38 in the Balcony. To reserve your seats, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the Box Office at the Stevens Center, 405 West Fourth St.  Tickets will also be available online on June 23 at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

The presentation of Keillor comes as the school’s Something For Everyone Series goes on hiatus after more than 20 years.

“The Something for Everyone Series has had an incredible run,” said UNCSA Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw. “But we will be taking next year to reevaluate the optimal programming to offer at the Stevens Center that will balance our regular UNCSA student, faculty and guest artist performances.

“We are also interested in exploring possible co-presenting ventures with our sister campuses and other arts organizations,” Laidlaw continued. “With the city’s emergence as a hotspot for dining, shopping and a variety of entertainment, we want to make sure our programming aligns with all that our vibrant downtown has to offer.”

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer's Almanac” heard on public radio stations across the country. Born in 1942 in Anoka, Minn., he began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” in St. Paul. The show ended in 1987, resumed in 1989 in New York as “The American Radio Company,” returned to Minnesota, and in 1993 resumed the name “A Prairie Home Companion.” More than 4 million listeners on more than 590 public radio stations now hear the show each week.

Keillor is also the author of many books, including “Lake Wobegon Days” (1985); “The Book of Guys” (1993); “The Old Man Who Loved Cheese” (1996); “Wobegon Boy” (1997); “Me: By Jimmy ‘Big Boy’ Valente As Told to Garrison Keillor” (1999); “Love Me” (2003); “Homegrown Democrat” (2004); “Pontoon” (2007); “Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel” (2008); and “Life Among the Lutherans” (2009).

In 2006, Keillor played himself in Robert Altman’s movie adaptation of his show, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, which featured Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly and Tommy Lee Jones. 

Keillor has received numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days. He has also received two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He received a Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications.

The Something For Everyone Series began as a nonprofit variety series operated by the School of the Arts at the Stevens Center. Since the first show took place on May 3, 1990, there have been more than 350 performances attracting more than 375,000 people. Well-known acts such as The Flying Karamazov Brothers, the Vienna Choir Boys, Victor Borge, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, The Lettermen, The Shirelles, Nickel Creek, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Allison Krauss have visited the Stevens Center. In addition, shows such as Stomp, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Smoky Joe’s Café, Annie, Grease!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Seussical, Footloose, The Odd Couple and A Mayberry Reunion have graced the stage.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.